2017 Community Wishlist Survey/Miscellaneous/Allow filtering of recent changes and user contributions by whether they have been reverted or superseded

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  • Problem: Vandalism fighting in Wikidata is tougher than in other WMF projects because edits tend to be small and numerous. The Recent Changes page has plenty of filters to focus in on things like unpatrolled changes and whether the change is still the "latest version". However, if a piece of vandalism is not the "latest version" there is no way to tell if it has already been reverted or not, leading to unnecessary duplication of effort by users trying to fight vandals.
  • Who would benefit: All wikidata users would benefit from better vandalism-fighting. Those who work on patrolling would have a much easier job.
  • Proposed solution: When an "undo" action is taken on an edit, that should be indicated in Recent Changes and user contributions, and filterable. When a "restore" action is done to an earlier version than the edit, that should similarly be indicated and filterable (the same indicator would be fine). Similarly for rollbacks. Ideally any subsequent edit that deletes or changes the value of a statement (if that was what the edit was) or the label or description (if the edit was to a label or description) or sitelink (similarly) would also show that the original edit action was overridden.
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I don't see why this should be a Wikidata specific filter. Other projects might also benefit from being able to filter out reverted edits. ChristianKl (talk) 16:43, 9 November 2017 (UTC)

Yes I do think it would be a generally useful filter, but particularly useful with wikidata given the quantity of edits we have to deal with. Also the "superceded" portion of this is wikidata-specific (it's hard to judge on a general wiki page whether a damaging edit has just been replaced instead of an editor using 'undo' or 'restore', but in principle it could be done in wikidata). ArthurPSmith (talk) 18:14, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
I think in many cases it would be possible to judge also on Wikipedia that an edit is undone automatically. ChristianKl (talk) 20:16, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

ArthurPSmith: This is a good proposal, thanks for posting it. I think it would work for other projects as well as Wikidata, so I'm going to move it into the Miscellaneous category. Let me know if you think there's a different category where you think it would fit best. Thanks! -- DannyH (WMF) (talk) 18:21, 21 November 2017 (UTC)