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Bug 1670 - rev link to revert images is counterintuitive
rev link to revert images is counterintuitive
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
History/Diffs (Other open bugs)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2005-03-09 09:44 UTC by Graue
Modified: 2007-08-17 19:30 UTC (History)
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Description Graue 2005-03-09 09:44:36 UTC
The "(rev)" link on an image's history to revert it is extremely
counterintuitive and easily done by accident, for three reasons:

1. It is in the same place as the "(diff)" link on a regular article's history page.
2. "rev" may suggest an abbrevation for "revision," as in "view this revision."
3. It is a link, not a form, and takes immediate action. Links that take
immediate action are unexpected and surprise the user.

The linked URL is an image that was reverted on 28 Apr 2004 for no apparent
reason, likely by mistake. More examples can be found at, where
several people have made this mistake, most recently myself.

I understand that it may be useful to revert files quickly if they have been
vandalized, and that the abbreviation is defined several lines up.

Nevertheless, the "(rev)" link should offer an "Are you sure?" page with a
button, to prevent such errors. (I didn't try "(del)", but I hope it offers
confirmation; if not, it should as well.)

I hope this is the right place for such a report... if not, feel free to
Comment 1 David Benbennick 2005-06-29 16:26:34 UTC
No, the "(del)" link also takes effect immediately.

One should be able to specify a reason for deleting an old revision, 
and a reason for reverting an image.  The form to collect those 
reasons would be the perfect place to explain in detail what you're 
about to do, and allow you to back out.
Comment 2 Rob Church 2007-08-17 19:30:12 UTC
The default link text is now "revert", and it's much clearer what the link does. There's also an intermediate confirmation page which allows the user to give a reason.

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