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Make it possible to reach the page history from mobile diff
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When using MediaWiki on desktop, it is possible to reach the page history from diff view by clicking the "View history" tab (example).

On mobile, there is no way to reach the page history (example).

With the page title no longer leading to the current version of a page (T200804) even more clicks are required to eventually reach the page history. For experienced users, it's usually faster to manually edit the URL.

This unnecessarily complicates the workflow for editors tracing changes (especially on highly frequented talk pages such as the village pump).

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Cirdan created this task.Aug 4 2018, 8:35 AM
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ovasileva changed the task status from Open to Stalled.Aug 7 2018, 9:14 AM
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@Cirdan - we are already planning on doing this as a part of the new advanced contributions feature set we'll be working on over the upcoming year. This will be an opt-in option that will display responsive versions of the desktop pages in the Minerva skin (versus the mobile-specific pages). The project is still in its research phase (and thoughts and feedback is welcome and much appreciated). I'm stalling this for now until we collect our research so far and start putting tasks in phabricator at which point it might become a duplicate.

Jdlrobson changed the task status from Stalled to Open.Aug 23 2018, 5:21 PM
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Unstalling and moving to design so we don't lose sight of this request!

@Jdlrobson just to clarify, you're talking about being able to access the page history from here for example?

I've created a spreadsheet to help me track requirements and discrepancies of the special pages that we'll be serving up to advanced contributors on mobile. I've added "link to History page" as a requirement for the Diff page. @ovasileva would it be appropriate to close this ticket as declined to reduce clutter?

@Jdlrobson just to clarify, you're talking about being able to access the page history from here for example?

No, this task is about reaching the page history from Special:MobileDiff, as in this example I linked in the task description.

@ovasileva would it be appropriate to close this ticket as declined to reduce clutter?

As the task author, I'd appreciate if this ticket would remain open to have discussions around where to put a link, whether it's actually needed etc.

@alexhollender - I think this task is more around being able to access the page history from here (the mobile diff). The solution from the mobile diff page would be to add a link to history on the page. However, it's mainly it's a matter of navigation. On desktop (and on the current form of the navigation for advanced contributions), there is a link to the history page always available. If we're 100% sure we want to keep it with the new navigation - I think we can go ahead and resolve this.

On a (somewhat) similar note, we need to make a decision on whether we want to expose the regular diff page for mobile devices or to stick with the mobile diff.

@Cirdan my apologies for the confusion. I had a conversation with @Jdlrobson about this topic and mistakenly thought this was a placeholder task of sorts that he had added.

I understand the distinction and the issue. Thanks again for raising this.

Jdlrobson moved this task from Backlog to Tracking on the MobileFrontend board.Oct 18 2018, 7:00 PM
ovasileva triaged this task as Normal priority.Nov 15 2018, 10:45 PM