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Improve handling of nonexistent pages.
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If I go to a non-existent page in the Android, it says “an unknown error occurred: 404”. It’s quite far from being user-friendly. It should say instead something like “This article doesn’t exist yet. Start writing it!” with a link to an edit form, probably also some reference to the deletion (and rename) logs if there is any.
Link previews also can’t handle 404s—if the linked article doesn’t exist, it just stays loading forever. I don’t know what it should do, but certainly not this.

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Tacsipacsi reopened this task as Open.Jan 15 2017, 10:29 AM

This is not only about red links in articles, the user can come from anywhere: for example, the app is registered as the handler of *.wikipedia.org links, which means if I tap on a link in my email app about a deleted page, I’ll get this “unknown error” even after fixing T119266, and I can’t continue to the web browser to see the deletion log.

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Dbrant renamed this task from Handle 404 status code in Android app to Improve handling of nonexistent pages..Jan 19 2017, 3:55 PM
Dbrant moved this task from Needs Triage to Bug Backlog on the Wikipedia-Android-App-Backlog board.