Last modified: 2014-06-29 18:46:49 UTC
When you add short snippets of text to a page, MediaWiki should generate an auto
edit summary like "+ft: The population of African elephants has tripled in the
past six months".
This bug is one of a series of nine feature requests I am making for new auto
edit summary logic: bug 9372, bug 9373, bug 9374, bug 9375, bug 9376, bug 9377,
bug 9378, bug 9379, and bug 9380.
I am curious: Why did you mark these feature requests WONTFIX? IMO this one, in
particular, would make it easier to spot most anons who add vandalism and
linkspam; most don't use edit summaries.
Btw: do I file too many bugs? Should I be bringing up more of my ideas on the
mailing lists before filing a bug? :-)
P.S. I'm CC'ing you and hope you don't mind.
Reopening pending an answer to comment #1.
I can see a point in this request. I'm copying manually my own short additions too frequently.
CCing some colleagues to check whether this would make sense in the context of the classical editor or VisualEditor.
I would even say the implementation is EASY, but I'm not sure.
Browsers have a built-in "Remember form-history", which allows most users (registered and anon) to re-use their common edit-summaries. I'm guessing that's why Rob closed this bug in 2007.
There's also a Gadget, at least at Enwiki (I'm not sure where else), to enable a pre-defined set of 9-main edit summaries and 5-minor edit summaries. It's the top item in the Editing section, at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets
(code here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Gadget-defaultsummaries.js )
VE's main bug (afaik), is bug 48274 - I'm not uptodate on the situation there.
Related reading, this thread http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/design/2014-March/001637.html
*** This bug has been marked as a duplicate of bug 1307 ***