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Bug 4841 - Warning for non-logged-in edits
Warning for non-logged-in edits
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
User login and signup (Other open bugs)
All All
: Normal enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-02-02 16:36 UTC by David E. Siegel
Modified: 2010-05-15 14:36 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---

patch following brion's suggestion (1.08 KB, patch)
2006-02-04 16:31 UTC, Lupin

Description David E. Siegel 2006-02-02 16:36:12 UTC
When a person makes an edit while not logged in, a warning msg should appear 
offering the chance to log-in (without losing the edit) or continue with the edit 
without logging in. If the user chooses to continue not-logged in, no further 
warnings should appear in that session (perhaps an "editing not-logged-in" cookie 
could be set), so that annons need not respond more than once. This idea has found 
signifigant support at the Village pump on en, see 
29&diff=37859110&oldid=37855556> and related edits.
Comment 1 Lupin 2006-02-02 16:47:04 UTC
Wouldn't it be better to check for an existing authentication cookie and only
offer the choice of logging in if it's present? Otherwise I expect that this
would annoy lots of anon editors, who are relatively unlikely to participate in
a Village Pump discussion.
Comment 2 Jason Spiro 2006-02-02 17:55:19 UTC
I think this should only happen when a person enters four tildes in an edit they
Comment 3 David E. Siegel 2006-02-02 20:07:58 UTC
I frequently find myself unexpectedly logged out while editing. i don't know if 
in such a case there is an "existing authentication cookie". Note that on 
principle I never check "remember me" or simialr password storage options. 

Also, at least some people on the pump discussion thought that a once-per-session 
suggestion to register/log-in would be a goood thing, adn not an excessive burden 
to annon editors.

People doing primarily or exclusively article edits may not type four tildas 
often, but may want their edits to be proeprly attributed. 
Comment 4 Brion Vibber 2006-02-02 20:10:19 UTC
Unexpectedly saving an edit marked with your IP address can be considered a privacy 
issue. A little one-line warning above the edit box when you first get to it would 
I think be fine.
Comment 5 Lupin 2006-02-04 16:31:24 UTC
Created attachment 1364 [details]
patch following brion's suggestion

This patch adds a warning above the edit box if editing a page anonymously, but
not on preview pages.
Comment 6 Brion Vibber 2006-02-04 18:31:57 UTC
A default warning probably should be something more like:
"You are not logged in; your IP address will be publicly recorded
in the page's edit history."
Comment 7 Rob Church 2006-02-04 18:43:37 UTC
Had this done a while ago but forgot to commit. Now in CVS HEAD.

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