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Typeahead search drop-down suggestions for special page parameters
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We have lovely typeahead search suggestions for regular page names, and for raw Special: page names (eg if you "special:rec" and get shown "Special:RecentChanges" and "Special:RecentChangesLinked") but...

What would come in quite handy for us power users would be if for special pages which are known to accept a page title as a slash-parameter, we could get typeahead suggestions for page titles!

Eg, type "Special:Whatlinkshere/leb" and see:

Special:WhatLinksHere/Lebanese Civil War
Special:WhatLinksHere/LeBron James

This would require special pages registering themselves as accepting titles as a parameter, as not all of them do. (And some take usernames or other special cases, which would need different support.)

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Severity: enhancement



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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Low.Nov 21 2014, 10:47 PM
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If the special page specified more than a boolean "I accept page parameters", for instance relevant parts of an API request instead, we could have suggestions for Special:Code as well.

Change 125565 had a related patch set uploaded by Bartosz Dziewoński:
[poc] Autocomplete special pages' subpages in search suggestions

Change 125565 merged by jenkins-bot:
Autocomplete special pages' subpages in search suggestions

And so the foundations for this are laid! However, the only special pages which support this sort of autocompletion is Special:Watchlist (…/edit, etc.) and Special:Log (…/block, etc.).

My patch originally also included a hacky implementation for Special:Contributions which was deemed unsalvageable.

Somebody should probably file some sub-bugs to implement this in special pages where it would have any value. Contributions and Whatlinkshere (mentioned in comment 0) are two, what else?

debt added a subscriber: debt.

Not sure that this is something that is still needed, as this ticket is pretty old. Removing the Discovery-Search team.

matmarex added subscribers: PiRSquared17, Umherirrender.

Actually, this has already been implemented for many pages, by @Umherirrender and @PiRSquared17. For example, the change for Special:WhatLinksHere was rMW078ae9dbf5aa: Add autocomplete for WhatLinksHere subpages.

From a quick search, at least the following special pages will autocomplete page titles or user names in search suggestions (there may be others, but I did not search very hard):

  • Special:AllPages
  • Special:Block
  • Special:ChangeContentModel
  • Special:Contributions
  • Special:DeletedContributions
  • Special:Emailuser
  • Special:FileDuplicateSearch
  • Special:Listfiles
  • Special:Movepage
  • Special:PageLanguage
  • Special:PagesWithProp
  • Special:Prefixindex
  • Special:Recentchangeslinked
  • Special:Unblock
  • Special:Undelete
  • Special:Userrights
  • Special:Whatlinkshere

So I think this task can be considered resolved. If any special pages are missing this feature but should have it, please file another task.