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Bug 7055 - Implementation of an optional delay for redirects
Implementation of an optional delay for redirects
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Redirects (Other open bugs)
All All
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
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Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2006-08-18 10:12 UTC by Lorenzo Paulatto
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:05 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Lorenzo Paulatto 2006-08-18 10:12:11 UTC
It happens pretty often that a redirect has not the same meaning of the page it
points to; often a specific topic is a redirect to a more general topic.

It would be great to have the possibility to set a redirect to delay the actual
redirection for several seconds and display an explanation text in the meanwhile.

I propose a simple syntax like, e.g.
#DELAYREDIR:10s [[target page]]
some explanation text...

This vould be rendered with a standard message (form the MediaWiki namespace) +
the custom text, e.g.
 --> You will be redirected to [[Target page]] in 10 seconds, if you are not
redirected automatically please click [[target page|here]].
some explanation text

This would not interfere with the standard server-side redirects by using a
different keyword; and can be implemented via plain HTML <META
HTTP-EQUIV="REFRESH" CONTENT="10s; URL=http://[...]Target_page">

Good work and many thanks, Lorenzo.
Comment 1 Rob Church 2006-08-18 15:39:59 UTC
I'm against this; I don't like meta redirects as it is, and the current method
of linking back to the redirect page is both sufficient, and deliciously simple.
Comment 2 Aryeh Gregor (not reading bugmail, please e-mail directly) 2006-08-18 18:09:05 UTC
Agree with Rob.  We can't rely on the user being present to see the explanation;
it might be opened to load in another tab in the background, for instance.  If
we're going to add explanatory text, it should be in the "redirected from" line
on the new page (would be especially handy for things like misspellings, so
people don't get the wrong idea).
Comment 3 Lorenzo Paulatto 2006-08-18 19:55:00 UTC
On second thought I agree with Simetrical; and it would be great to have the
possibility to include some custom text in the "redirect from [[redirect name]]"
Comment 4 Rob Church 2006-08-18 20:00:41 UTC
Going to close this. Open a new bug for the amended request if desired.
Comment 5 Brion Vibber 2006-08-19 05:33:31 UTC
Note additionally that timed actions of this sort are an accessibility problem,
as persons with limited reading speed or mobility may have difficulty reacting
before the timeout.

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