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History style cleanup - investigate possible fixes and detail the fixes
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There have been many complaints about history clutter introduced by Pending Changes on enwiki. This task is to figure out what we can do about it.


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Severity: enhancement

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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Normal.Nov 21 2014, 11:16 PM
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Brandon is going look and see if there are short term fixes we can make

This issue was the partially the result of the "ugly highlighting" comment in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Pending_changes/Feedback/Archive_4#Succinct_yet_descriptive_list_of_issues_and_suggestions , as well as complaints from when Pending Changes was first launched.

Quoting the relevant portion of this email:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2010-October/049813.html

This one represents a bit of a paradox for us. On one hand, we know
that there is a LOT of work to do here, and thus, we know that we're
not going to make significant usability progress on this one by
November. On the other hand, there are a number of little things that
are annoyingly wrong, and with just a small amount of care and
attention, we could make incremental progress on.

We don't want to allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good, so
we're going to try to restrain ourselves, and come up with a few easy
things that we can do to make this a little bit better. Brandon is
planning to spend some time looking at the history page and come up
with some formatting and wording fixes that will make the Pending
Changes history pages a little better.