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Bug 5526 - It should be possible to see the chronology of the additions and removals of articles in a given category
It should be possible to see the chronology of the additions and removals of ...
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 4366
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Categories (Other open bugs)
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PC All
: Normal enhancement with 1 vote (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
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Reported: 2006-04-10 19:41 UTC by Jean-Michel Fayard
Modified: 2006-04-11 22:23 UTC (History)
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Description Jean-Michel Fayard 2006-04-10 19:41:05 UTC
Hello, 

in Mediawiki, we deeply miss an HISTORY of a categeory.
I don't mean the history of the small text above the list of articles in the
category, but which article was added or removed from the categeory.

Take something like 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:NPOV_disputes

This category is useless, because you have no way to know which article was
recently added to the category (it make be interesting to look at it) or removed
from the category (an indication that the npov dispute was resolved).

I want a link in the toolbox of this category which could like a bit like a log :
        HISTORY OF THE "CATEGORY NPOV_DISPUTE"
# 19:42, 10 April 2006 Butterflys removed "Islamophobia" (ok, the article is
fine now)
# 19:24, 10 April 2006 Butterflys added "Islamophobia" (the article seems to be
written by islamists)
# 19:20, 10 April 2006 Rhindle The Red added "9/11 conspiracy theories" (the
article is shit, see talk page)
# 19:19, 10 April 2006 Petros471 added "An Anarchist FAQ" (NPOV : the article
insults anarchists) 


How it works ? It is quite simple to understand. I edit an article and for each
category that was just added or removed from the article, mediawiki will add a
line in the history of the corresponding category.

The fact that shows that we miss this feature a lot is that we have to
constantly reinvent it and manage it by hand.
For example, in the french wikipedia, we do manually exactly this for the list
of NPOV articles
   See http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:LANN


PS: 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Recentchangeslinked/Category:NPOV_disputes
doesn't do the job, because there is a hell lot more than just the addition and
removal of articles, and worse there is no way to know that or when an article
was removed from a category.
Comment 1 Brion Vibber 2006-04-10 22:10:30 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 4366 ***
Comment 2 Jean-Michel Fayard 2006-04-11 09:20:22 UTC
Hello again, 

I'm not sure that is a dupe of my Bug 5526

I know that the membership is based on edits to other independant pages and so
that it is impossible to have something like a permanent link that would show
"the 20th of september the following set of articles was in the category XXX"
and that you could revert (quite impossible because it will requires automatic
edit to a lot of categories).

What I suggest is that every category has a log attached to it. It would only
require Number_of_category additional pages to the database (my guess is that it
is just a fraction of the overall size, isn't it ?)
 
When an edit is made to an article that add category C1 and removes categories
C2 C3, Mediawiki would log this information in the logfile of the categories C1,
C2 and C3.


The LOG for a given category would look like this

LOG for [[:en:Category:NPOV Disputes]]
# 19:42, 10 April 2006 Butterflys removed "Islamophobia" (ok, the article is
fine now)
# 19:24, 10 April 2006 Butterflys added "Islamophobia" (the article seems to be
written by islamists)
# 19:20, 10 April 2006 Rhindle The Red added "9/11 conspiracy theories" (the
article is shit, see talk page)
# 19:19, 10 April 2006 Petros471 added "An Anarchist FAQ" (NPOV : the article
insults anarchists) 
# ....


As I said in bug 5526, the fact that we manage this by hand in different
places[1] and this require a lot of work shows that this feature would be very
useful.


[1] for example in the french wikipedia 
* http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:LANN  (chronology of the pages with the
template {{NPOV}})
* http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:PAdQ  (chronology of the pages with the
template {{candidate to become feature article}})
* http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/WP:PàS  (chronology of the pages with the
template {{candidate for deletion}}
* ....


PS : I'm new to bugzilla, I don't know if it's right to REOPEN this bug of mine
or to leave both as resolved.
Comment 3 Brion Vibber 2006-04-11 22:23:19 UTC
Yes, see that's exactly what bug 4366 asks for. That's why it's a duplicate.

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of 4366 ***

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