Currently there is no option to save the article without publishing it. Many times while editing I must manually save my work on the desktop (in the txt file for example), if I suppose the article is not ready to be published yet.
Besides, few times I mistakenly closed my web browser and hours of work flew away. (Sometimes the browser it self saved the text.)
I've been thinking about a simple button: Save in the sandbox. The article would not be published but just saved.
Clicking the sandbox link on the top of the page, the user would see a list of his drafts. When the sandbox article is finally published, it automatically disapears from the list. Of course, user could also delete the article from the sandbox anytime. Articles also would not have saved past revisions.
- No more unfinished articles that are prematurely published ("cleaner Wikipedia")
- Much less edit conflicts
- Much less entries in Recent changes (easier checking)
- Much less revisions in the history of the article (easier browsing)
- Much less revisions on servers (cheaper operating)