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Bug 4229 - Show warning when editing an orphaned page
Show warning when editing an orphaned page
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!
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Reported: 2005-12-09 04:49 UTC by Borgx
Modified: 2011-03-13 18:06 UTC (History)
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Assignee Huggle Beta Tester: ---


Description Borgx 2005-12-09 04:49:43 UTC
Could you make a small warning when user creating or editing orphaned/lonely
pages? something like "warning, you are editing orphaned page. it is possible
that this page would never be read or found" . 

The intention is to make the editor aware of this and urge him to make link to
it from another page.
Comment 1 Rob Church 2005-12-09 07:37:06 UTC
Or something like, "Note: No pages presently link to this page. After creating
it, you should add [[Help:Link|links]] to it from relevant pages."
Comment 2 Borgx 2005-12-09 08:36:52 UTC
The warning must also appears when the page in editing mode (if it is still an
orphan page).
Comment 3 Rob Church 2005-12-09 11:10:09 UTC
It would do.
Comment 4 Brion Vibber 2005-12-09 23:30:09 UTC
What's the point of a warning? You have to jump through hoops just to get there,
you should already know you're doing the wrong thing.
Comment 5 Borgx 2005-12-10 11:03:45 UTC
The frequency of people creating new articles just by typing it in url is quite
high in id.wikipedia. This lead to a lot of orphan pages.
Comment 6 Rob Church 2005-12-11 01:19:32 UTC
He has a point, mind...if you type in, then you will be
informed of the fact it doesn't, and receive the option to edit it. You will
also usually be reminded to search to ensure you're not creating a redundant page.
Comment 7 Borgx 2005-12-12 02:28:53 UTC
My point exactly.
1. User typing in search box some string not a article title but contained in
some articles.
2. Since search index is not uptodate, search result would found no articles
match. User suggested to begin create the article.
3. User create the article.
4. Simsalabim. New orphan page created.
Comment 8 Rob Church 2006-05-16 03:03:35 UTC
Per comment 4 and comment 6.

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