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List of users who edited the page in enhanced RC/watchlist is clutter and superfluous
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The list of users who edited the page shown in enhanced recent changes and watclist is rather unnecessary.

  • It can get unwieldy long for active discussion pages; 50 edits by 30 different users a day is not an uncommon occurence
  • It's useless for short ones as well; this information is rarely useful and always reduntant with what's available in the expandable list.

Let's kill it. I'll add screenshots to make it clear what I'm talking about below.


Version: 1.22.0
Severity: enhancement

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bzimport raised the priority of this task from to Normal.Nov 22 2014, 2:04 AM
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matmarex created this task.Jul 23 2013, 6:01 PM

Created attachment 12933
How it looks now

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What I'm proposing

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Change 75571 had a related patch set uploaded by Matmarex:
Enhanced RC: Remove the list of users who edited the page

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/75571

(In reply to comment #0)

The list of users who edited the page shown in enhanced recent changes and
watclist is rather unnecessary.

  • It can get unwieldy long for active discussion pages; 50 edits by 30

different users a day is not an uncommon occurenceù

If one bothers, they can disable the extendedwatchlist option...

  • It's useless for short ones as well; this information is rarely useful and

always reduntant with what's available in the expandable list.

To me it's always been very useful. Forcing me to uncollapse everything to have crucial information such as who made some edits and the name kind o defeats the purpose of enhanced RC. If there are many names, it's even more useful to have them in a compact form rather than having to skim many lines.

[I'd mark this unconfirmed but I have no idea if the PATCH_TO_REVIEW status is supposed to prevail.]

I agree it's cluttered, but as Nemo points out, people do use it. From what I can tell, though, this is primarily on discussion pages, so with better discussion handling this may be something to bring up again then.

Change 75571 abandoned by Bartosz Dziewoński:
Enhanced RC: Remove the list of users who edited the page

Reason:
Per comments here and on the bug.

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/75571

Meh, okay. I'll just hide it for myself with some CSS. WONTFIXing.

I'm tempted to re-open this bug for further consideration.

(In reply to comment #0)

The list of users who edited the page shown in enhanced recent changes and
watchlist is rather unnecessary.

  • It can get unwieldy long for active discussion pages; 50 edits by 30

different users a day is not an uncommon occurence

Since we're already using JavaScript, can't we implement some kind of sane threshold? Here's an example entry from my English Wikipedia watchlist:


Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents‎‎ (57 changes | history) . . (+28,325)‎ . . [Future Perfect at Sunrise‎; Ymblanter‎; Kudzu1‎; EatsShootsAndLeaves‎; Black Kite‎; 50.128.155.168‎; AndyTheGrump‎; Bbb23‎; Michig‎; John Reaves‎; Ronz‎; Silvio1973‎; Thryduulf‎; Peter James‎; Dbrodbeck‎ (2×); 69.23.116.182‎ (2×); NE Ent‎ (2×); Balloftwine‎ (2×); Dr. Blofeld‎ (2×); Konveyor Belt‎ (2×); Drmies‎ (2×); Joefromrandb‎ (2×); Dougweller‎ (3×); BullRangifer‎ (3×); Redverton‎ (3×); The Anome‎ (4×); SchroCat‎ (4×); Toddst1‎ (5×); Oakshade‎ (5×)]

Perhaps we could do a "roll up" here and collapse this into "[Future Perfect at Sunrise; Ymblanter; and 15 others]" where "15 others" is a link to expand to see the full list? I guess the "15 others" link could either just activate the toggle arrow to show all of the recent changes or it could print the same long list of usernames. Either approach would work for me, but perhaps this would still be too disruptive to users' workflows? Comment 4 is discouraging, while comment 6 was insightful and gave me hope.