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Bug 6285 - Feature request: notification that an article (page) already existed by the same name before when creating a new article
Feature request: notification that an article (page) already existed by the s...
Status: RESOLVED DUPLICATE of bug 7691
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Page editing (Other open bugs)
All Windows XP
: Low enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-06-12 16:53 UTC by mondgesicht
Modified: 2007-06-06 09:14 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description mondgesicht 2006-06-12 16:53:19 UTC
Today I created a new page (template specifically) at the German Wikipedia. It
was deleted within three minutes, as a template by the same name (and same
function) had existed before, and it had been the consensus after some
discussion that it was not needed actually.
If I was noticed that my new old template had been deleted before (with an
information were discussion about deletion is preserved), I could have saved
some fifteen minutes of my life.

Therefore my idea: When someone creates an article that has existed before and
was deleted meanwhile, inform the creator during his first edits about this fact
in big red letters and give a link to the discussion explaining reasons for the

This could also end neverending creation-deletion cycles of articles, or at
least reduce them by some amount.
Comment 1 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2006-06-12 17:01:13 UTC
If the article's deletion debate is a simple function of its name (such as
[[w:Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/{{PAGENAME}}]] for enwiki articles), this is
possible now with [[m:ParserFunctions]].  Ask your local admins to edit your
local [[MediaWiki:Noarticletext]] to use {{#ifexist}} in combination with
{{#switch}} to create the effect you're looking for.

This does not, however, address deletions where no such consistent page exists
(such as speedies or RFDs on enwiki).  For the time being, though, this is a
partial workaround.
Comment 2 Raimond Spekking 2007-06-06 09:14:06 UTC

*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 7691 ***

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