Page MenuHomePhabricator

Better history pages
Closed, DuplicatePublic


History pages are a key tool for article maintenance! Some possible improvements:

  • More reliable layout; clearer divide between rows, and/or better wraparound behaviour
  • Better separation of data from actions. "Data" includes revision links, timestamp, user info, edit summary, tags, et cetera. Actions include rollback, undo, thank, et cetera.
  • Fewer mildly-cryptic things that might be confusing to newbies. For example: "cur" and "prev" links aren't self-explanatory as "diff with current revision" and "diff with previous revision", respectively.
  • Visual representations of data. For example, graphical links between net-null revisions (usually between a revert edit and the revision to which it reverted). The key idea here is "information on history pages that doesn't require reading words or numbers", so that it's easier to understand a page's history at a glance.

I've played around with some of this already using JavaScript; interested parties can paste importScript("User:Nihiltres/nothingthree.js"); and then nothingthree.customRevs.testRun(); into the console of an English Wikipedia history page to see how my experiments ended up. For example, I make the byte-difference more self-explanatory by changing "(65,176 bytes) (+1,234)" into "+1,234 → 65,176 bytes".

I stopped messing around a) because it was tiring and b) because this is something that should be implemented in MediaWiki proper, rather than reimplementing the whole damn history page in JavaScript. Maybe something the Community Tech team would like to take a run at?

{{Nihiltres|talk|edits}} 20:25, 17 July 2015 (UTC)

This card tracks a proposal from the 2015 Community Wishlist Survey:

This proposal received 11 support votes, and was ranked #60 out of 107 proposals.

Related Objects

Event Timeline

DannyH created this task.Dec 7 2015, 10:45 PM
DannyH raised the priority of this task from to Needs Triage.
DannyH updated the task description. (Show Details)
DannyH moved this task to Wishlist 51-on on the Community-Wishlist-Survey-2015 board.
DannyH added a subscriber: DannyH.
Restricted Application added subscribers: StudiesWorld, Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptDec 7 2015, 10:45 PM
Reedy set Security to None.
IMPORTANT: If you are a community developer interested in working on this task: The Wikimedia Hackathon 2016 (Jerusalem, March 31 - April 3) focuses on #Community-Wishlist-Survey projects. There is some budget for sponsoring volunteer developers. THE DEADLINE TO REQUEST TRAVEL SPONSORSHIP IS TODAY, JANUARY 21. Exceptions can be made for developers focusing on Community Wishlist projects until the end of Sunday 24, but not beyond. If you or someone you know is interested, please REGISTER NOW.
Restricted Application added a subscriber: JEumerus. · View Herald TranscriptJan 21 2016, 2:51 PM
DannyH updated the task description. (Show Details)Feb 6 2016, 12:13 AM
Restricted Application added a subscriber: Liuxinyu970226. · View Herald TranscriptSep 20 2019, 7:47 PM