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treat user_talk pages as every other "normal" page
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Proposed is to change the program structure and database table newtalk so that
user_talk pages are treated as every other page.

The user_talk pages are currently treated differently and with other database
fields than other watch-listed non-user_talk pages (second table '''newtalk''',
different program module UserTalk.php).

It would be more convenient to have them in the normal table '''watchlist''':

wl_notificationtimestamp could be used (instead of userid() as a flag)

  • minor edits can or cannot be suppressed to trigger notification (as it is the

case for enotif of other pages).


Version: 1.4.x
Severity: minor
URL: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Email_notification_to-do_list#Sub-proposal:_treat_user_talk_pages_as_every_other_page

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Wikinaut created this task.Sep 26 2004, 2:38 PM

Releasing or changing the special treatment of user_talk pages would cause other
changes related to watch-listed pages, especially feature 454 (enotif of changes
to pages and user_talk pages), but would probably make the program and database
structure easier.

brion added a comment.Sep 26 2004, 8:11 PM

User talk pages *are* special cased, inherently, as that is their purpose.

I again propose for next releases:

  • drop the table newtalk and the mechanism around, but
  • treat user-talk pages as any other page, and
  • add automatically a watchlist entry for a user_talk:X page ehen user X opens

an account.

Thus, any user_talk:X page is nothing else then an automatically added watched
page for user X in the table watchlist.

This issue is now finally solved with the new Enotif version 2.00 for CVS
http://bugzilla.wikipedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=454 scheduled for publication on
30.11.2004 .

The table user_newtalk is finally dropped: it is simply no longer needed; all
references to that table in the code have been deleted. All user_newtalk actions
are handled transparently via the watchlist table by using entries in that table.

The user interface (i.e. message "You have new messages") and behaviour is
unchanged (100% unchanged).

The code is much cleaner and understandable.
Changes in UserTalkUpdate in conformity with new database wrapper calls and with
Enotif switches and options.