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Can't easily get to redlink pages on mobile site
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On the mobile site (whatever version English Wikipedia uses by default, it's been like this for years), in both advanced and regressive mode when you click on a redlink it asks you if you want to create a page.

If you want to get to the redlink and see if it was deleted or something you need to like, e.g. type in the name in the search bar or copy it into a new tab and edit the URL . This is not very fast on mobile. The vast majority of the time I do not want to create a page but I might want to see if it existed at one point.

Also when logged out you cannot create a page when logged out and yet it confusingly asks you if you would like to and rather than prompting you to log in it just takes you to the page that says it does not exist.

So basically:

  • unlike on desktop there's not an obvious way to get to redlink pages because clicking on them tries to make you create a page
  • this is annoying for editors and doesn't make any sense if for logged-out people who see the same thing but can't create the pages
  • simply removing the whole clicking creation prompt ""feature"" and just taking you to the "this page does not exist" page when you click on a redlink would fix it — the current version of the page lets you click the edit button and create it.

Event Timeline

Aklapper changed the task status from Open to Stalled.EditedJul 16 2021, 1:03 PM

Hi @DemonDays64, thanks for taking the time to report this! Could you please use the bug report form and fill in all sections of the template, which are: 1) List of steps to reproduce (step by step, including full links if applicable), 2) What happens? 3) What should have happened instead ? Thanks!

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Unfortunately closing this Phabricator task as no further information has been provided.

@DemonDays64: After you have provided the information asked for (clear steps to reproduce, as a list of steps, what you expect, and what happens instead), please set the status of this task back to "Open" via the Add Action...Change Status dropdown. Thanks!