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Bug 3685 - Should users be able to create a talk page if no article exists?
Should users be able to create a talk page if no article exists?
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
General/Unknown (Other open bugs)
PC Windows 2000
: Lowest enhancement (vote)
: ---
Assigned To: Nobody - You can work on this!
Depends on:
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Reported: 2005-10-12 07:52 UTC by Nick Jenkins
Modified: 2010-05-15 15:37 UTC (History)
0 users

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Nick Jenkins 2005-10-12 07:52:36 UTC
Q: Could it be useful to enforce that a talk page cannot be created if there is
no corresponding article?

If so, could do it in includes/EditPage.php with something like this:
	if ($this->mTitle->isTalkPage()) {
		$subject_page = $this->mTitle->getSubjectPage();
		if (!$subject_page->exists()) {
			// give some error
Comment 1 Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason 2005-10-12 07:53:33 UTC
This is not a good idea, WONTFIX
Comment 2 Brion Vibber 2005-10-12 07:54:21 UTC
There's no reason to enforce something like that. It could be a great annoyance when 
dealing with deleted pages, and would break all talk subpages.
Comment 3 Nick Jenkins 2005-10-12 08:55:44 UTC
Okay, understood, not useful or even harmful in the general case. Probably
useful to me for a personal wiki homepage though, because my requirements are
very different (I want a very low-maintenance site that I can set-and-forget for
months at a time, and the worst-case-scenario for me with this change + a few
other access-restrictions is that vandals can fill the talk pages of already
existing articles with garbage, but cannot alter the articles themselves, and
they also can't add random talk pages or new articles).

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