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There is lack of option to assign tags to a revisions from editing form.

The main ways to assign tags to revision is:

  • automatic editing (api.php?action=edit&tags=) - Allows gadgets/bots to assign tag to their edit
  • Manual (action=editchangetags) - provides users ability to add/remove tags from revision

However, there is no option to assign tags to a revision from the main editing form (both wikitext and VE).

Assigning tags from editing form should serve the following use cases:

  • Semi automatic tools - even if it is implemented as <input type="hidden"> it will allow semi automatic tools to tag themselves in the editing form. (Examples of semi automatic tools: citation expender, automatic replace gadgets etc)
  • manual - provide a similar interface to action=editchangetags, will allow editors to assign tags to their own edit. Example of such useful tags can be: "disclosure tags" e.g someone editing article about himself or "this is paid editing" tag.

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eranroz created this task.Aug 14 2015, 5:40 AM
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There is a Special:EditTags page, which should allow you to set tags manual (you have to start it from the history by checking some revisions and click the button on the right)

Yes, I mentioned it as "action=editchangetags" above

TTO added a comment.Aug 14 2015, 7:37 AM

You can already do this. In your semi-automatic tool, inject into the edit form an element of the form <input type="hidden" name="wpChangeTags" value="tag 1,tag 2"> where the value is a comma-separated list of the internal change tag names. Be sure that the change tags are activated, or the edit will fail.

I'm pretty sure that is an undocumented feature, but I really have no idea where to document it...

The use case for tagging during manual editing is so minuscule that I don't think you could possibly justify cluttering the edit screen with an input field for tags.

TTO thank you for the wpChangeTags suggestion. Maybe it can be documented here: ?

Changing during manual editing - I agree that usually it isn't used, but it may be "the chicken or egg paradox", and once such option exist it would be used, and it may be relevant for many cases.
Here is a theoretical question: are there very common comments? should we consider use tag instead of comment for them?
enwiki provides a gadget (other wikis too) for filling up common comments which include: Adding category/link, removing unsourced, copyedit or revert with explanations etc.
One could consider to replace them all, or partially with tags - gaining similar result for in user perspective but "structured" (vs unstructured summary) - which is more powerful as it allow coloring/filtering major changes in the article history. [this can be done with the wgChangeTags above but sometimes users add them manually]

Practical examples for use cases for manually tags - query:

Here is a practical query to validate it (some of the results are automatic edits, good candidates for tags with the API, and some are non automatic):

select rc_comment, count(*) from recentchanges  where not exists(select * from  change_tag where rc_id= ct_rc_id) and rc_comment<>'' and rc_comment not like '/*%' group by rc_comment order by count(*) desc limit 50
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TTO triaged this task as Lowest priority.Sep 9 2015, 1:25 PM

Lowest priority; there are serious questions whether this should even be implemented at all. Better to implement a proper way to store preset edit summaries. Is this tracked elsewhere on Phabricator?

TTO added a subscriber: Anomie.Sep 9 2015, 1:25 PM
Danny_B added a subscriber: Danny_B.Feb 2 2016, 3:40 AM

enwiki provides a gadget (other wikis too) for filling up common comments which include: Adding category/link, removing unsourced, copyedit or revert with explanations etc.

Enwiki's gadget looks/works like this: (code at )
Frwiki's gadget looks/works like this: (extensive documentation here:ésumé_Deluxe )

Anomie added a comment.Apr 8 2016, 2:37 PM

It should be easy for someone to write a user script or gadget to add tag input to the web UI edit form, using the information that TTO provided at T109032#1538531.

Making this actually part of MediaWiki would similarly be technically easy, but would likely require significant Design work to figure out how to display it in a way that wouldn't be horrendously confusing or in-the-way for casual editors.

Change 282456 had a related patch set uploaded (by Eranroz):
Allow tags in summary

So why was @eranroz patch never merged? I could really use this functionality. Should I re-create the patch?

So why was @eranroz patch never merged? I could really use this functionality. Should I re-create the patch?

Because I'd not seen it yet. Will respond now.

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