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Redirects should be followed when posting to help desk
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  1. Configure Project:Help desk to be the help desk
  2. Move Project:Help desk to Help:Help desk (or manually make Project:Help desk a redirect to Help:Help desk)
  3. Post a question to the help desk using the help panel

You would expect the redirect to be followed and the question to be posted to Help:Help desk, but instead, we blindly add the question to the bottom of Project:Help desk, which ends up looking like:

#REDIRECT [[Help:Help desk]]

== Question from Newbie on Pagename ==
Question here --Newbie October 13, 2020 at 20:01 UTC

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I feel like we discussed this ~1-2 years ago and deliberately implemented in this way, but I don't remember why. And it's possible I am misremembering because I didn't find anything in phabricator to support this. The closest I could find is T222206#5150582 but that issue is about page deletion. I agree that following redirects makes sense.

Change 634123 had a related patch set uploaded (by Gergő Tisza; owner: Gergő Tisza):
[mediawiki/extensions/GrowthExperiments@master] Handle redirects in QuestionPoster

Change 634123 merged by jenkins-bot:
[mediawiki/extensions/GrowthExperiments@master] Handle redirects in QuestionPoster

Etonkovidova subscribed.

Tested on betalabs, i.e.

  • moved Wikipedia:Help_desk to Help:Help_desk
  • posted via Help panel - the question was posted correctly