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Special:Wantedpages includes pages not actually linked when using #ifexists
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I think, due its importance, that this has been reported (searched but found nothing).

Special:Wantedpages show many links to pages "requested" via expresions like "{{#ifexist:}}". Query the existence of a page doesn't make it "wanted", sometimes its the exact opposite; we use this expression for filtering pages we DON'T WANT.

This affects the experience of editors that uses Special:Wantedpages to find articles or pages to work, and finds this special page full of noise.

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Restricted Application added a subscriber: Aklapper. · View Herald TranscriptAug 10 2016, 2:22 PM
Florian added subscribers: tstarling, Florian.

The #ifexists parser tag is provided by the ParserFunctions extension.

However, that the link is recognized, even if the title does not exist, was an explicit change back in 2008. I'm not sure why, anymore (as the commit message doesn't explain why :P), but I'm not sure, if this is the _expected_ behaviour :) Adding @tstarling, maybe he still remembers :)

Florian renamed this task from Special:Wantedpages includes pages not actually linked to Special:Wantedpages includes pages not actually linked when using #ifexists.
Florian triaged this task as Normal priority.