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Bug 4118 - Semi-automatic disambiguation
Semi-automatic disambiguation
Product: MediaWiki
Classification: Unclassified
Page editing (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: 2005-11-30 12:57 UTC by Steve Bennett
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:05 UTC (History)
3 users (show)

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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Steve Bennett 2005-11-30 12:57:00 UTC
It would be nice if when you follow a link to a disambiguation page, then follow
a link out of the disambiguation page, the software could ask you if you would
like to automatically update the original page.  Ie: You're at [Chess player]
and follow a link to [Tom Smith].  This takes you to the Tom Smith disambig
page.  When you click [Tom Smith (chess player)], you would then be asked
(either by another page, or a popup dialog), "Would you like to update the
[Chess player] page so the [Tom Smith] link points here directly?"

It would be a lot smoother and less work than the current disambiguation process.
Comment 1 Rob Church 2005-12-01 10:18:48 UTC
I don't like the idea of a popup in the manner described, but I do like the idea
overall. Since the software identifies pages transcluded the {{disambig}}
template as disambiguation pages, it's not too awkward in terms of coding when
to do these checks. Probably the most difficult parts would be actually trapping
the user's moving to another page, and editing the actual link - think needle
and haystack.
Comment 2 Jason Spiro 2006-02-06 21:41:55 UTC
Doesn't already
do this through the use of custom CSS?
Comment 3 Lupin 2006-02-07 00:47:34 UTC
No, navigation popups have a disambiguation feature but it requires more effort
to operate than this idea. (And it's mainly javascript, not CSS).

If this does get implemented, it'd need a highly unobtrusive UI, or a user
option to keep it out of the way by default. Most readers won't want to see this
feature I believe.
Comment 4 Jason Spiro 2006-02-10 03:26:19 UTC
Rob: What if all links to disambig pages actually pointed to

Also, we could make this a pref that automatically gets enabled when your
editcount hits 5.

Would a small IFRAME at the top of the page be unobtrusive enough?
Comment 5 Brion Vibber 2006-02-10 03:37:05 UTC
I think this is waaaay too obtrusive in the functioning of the wiki.
Strong inclination towards WONTFIX.
Comment 6 Jason Spiro 2006-02-10 05:02:50 UTC
Do you mean the coding effort would be better spent elsewhere?

Or do you mean the UI would be annoying? We can leave this disabled except for
people who enable it.
Comment 7 Speed8ump 2007-07-03 16:28:33 UTC
If this is implemented at all (which it probably shouldn't be, due to complexity) I'd go for something completely automated.  Record the second click destination from the disambig link.  Once enough (configurable, maybe 10-20 default) *unique* click-throughs occurred and they resulted in a high correlation to one target page (configurable, maybe 80-90% default) the link could automatically be changed to direct toward the selected page.  It would be nice if it was treated as a redirect from the disambiguation page, but that's even more complexity.

This (as with some of the other disambiguation requests) would require a method to intentionally link to the disambiguation page without the auto-disambiguation behavior.
Comment 8 Jason Spiro 2008-01-22 20:38:40 UTC
I have just filed related bug 12742: "Collect enwiki clickstream data (we could use it to automatically fix links to disambiguation pages and more)".
Comment 9 Chad H. 2009-10-30 23:43:49 UTC
Going ahead and WONTFIXing this per comments #5 and #7. Could make a good userscript or Gadget, but I can't see this as going in core.

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