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Bug 246 - On edit page for non-existant article, display an input box for creating a redirect
On edit page for non-existant article, display an input box for creating a re...
Status: NEW
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Redirects (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2004-08-29 05:58 UTC by Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
Modified: 2014-04-14 02:17 UTC (History)
8 users (show)

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Description Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2004-08-29 05:58:57 UTC
Currently one has to do the following to create a redirect (optional steps are surrounded by "(" ")" )

1. Enter the article name e.g. [[asdfasdf]]
2. Click "Edit this page"
3. Type #REDIRECT [[Correct name]]
(3a). Type #REDIRECT [[Correct name]] into the Edit summary box so that people know that it's a redirect
(3b). Check the [ ] This is a minor edit box
(3c). Preview
4. Save

I suggest that an interface be implemented that shortens this to:

1. Enter the article name e.g. [[asdfasdf]]
2. Type "Correct name" into the "Create a redirect:" input box
(2a).  Uncheck the [ ] This is a minor edit box (it would be checked by default)
(2b). Preview
3. Save

See the URL: field for an example i've made that shows how this would ideally look like.
Comment 1 JeLuF 2004-08-29 17:36:52 UTC
I remember a time where the search box's (Go) button directly took you to the
edit page of the non existing page. This seems no longer to be the case. This
would reduce the effort to

1) Type asdfasdf into search box and click go.
2) Type #REDIRECT [[Correct name]]
3) save.
Comment 2 Brion Vibber 2004-08-29 17:59:25 UTC
That would make searching really, really hard since non-exact title matches would go to an edit page instead 
of returning search results. Doesn't sound like a good idea.
Comment 3 Chris Wood 2004-08-31 03:23:55 UTC
Definately the second comment is a bad idea, but the first could be okay, with
some note for beginners (maybe best to limit it to logged-in users too).
Comment 4 Trevor Johnson 2011-10-04 05:31:33 UTC
Would also be helpful if a drop-down menu of {{R from}} templates were available.
Comment 5 matanya 2012-07-25 21:16:25 UTC
Nice idea, Can be implemented quite easily with js.
Comment 6 Quim Gil 2014-04-14 02:17:02 UTC
Currently in VisualEditor:

"You can make a page a redirect to another page by checking the "Redirect this page to" checkbox, and then selecting in the box below the page to which you want this page to point.
At the bottom is the option to prevent page renames updating this redirect, which is very rarely used."

As matanya says, a gadget could also do this work.

As a feature request for MediaWiki Core, this looks like a WONTFIX.

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