2017 Community Wishlist Survey/Reading/Visually indicate if a page has been edited since loaded

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⬅ Back to Reading The survey has concluded. Here are the results!


  • Problem: When viewing a wiki page (article or talk) and the page is edited, people currently reading the page must manually refresh the page or check the page history to see if it has been updated. People may read incorrect information (in the case of vandalism or breaking news) or miss important updates.
  • Who would benefit: This would be particularly useful:
    • For readers who are reading a vandalized page, to be informed that it has been corrected
    • For readers who are reading a topic of breaking news, to be informed that information is rapidly changing
    • For users who are on a talk page, to be informed when a topic is actively being discussed.
  • Proposed solution: For this proposal I suggest a simple visual indicator, similar to how many email or task management websites (e.g. Gmail, Phabricator) display small growl notifications in the bottom corner. "This page has been edited since you opened it. Refresh to see changes."
A long-term solution could be to visually show the edits as they are made, like visual diffs or Google Docs/Etherpad.
  • More comments:
    • I'm not sure if there's already a gadget for this? Even if there is, I think this could benefit logged-out readers.
    • There should be some logic for circumstances of when the indicator should not appear (e.g. if ORES think the edit is probably vandalism, when an edit is marked as minor and is not a revert, etc.)
  • Phabricator tickets: couldn't find any.

Discussion

  • There are semi-related tasks, but mostly concerned with edit-conflicts, at phab:T120882, phab:T136815, and phab:T94918. I don't believe there's an existing task for this idea (which I think would be a great feature!). Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 21:38, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
  • For vandalism it would make more sense to not show probably-vandalized revisions in the first place (2017 Community Wishlist Survey/Miscellaneous/Implement deferred changes is one way to achieve that). For talk pages this would be quite nice. (A similar suggestion for StructuredDiscussions: T98047) --Tgr (WMF) (talk) 01:24, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
    • Personally, I wouldn't like this for talk pages. It seems likely that I'd miss when someone made a reply in a part of the page I had already read, because I'd be reading a later part of the page by then. Anomie (talk) 14:34, 20 November 2017 (UTC)
  • No... This is completely the opposite of an encyclopedia. That's a news site... Plus auto-reloading pages is a horrible idea in general. I want to know what I am readin, I do not want a machine to tell me what to read, or guess when to "turn the page" for me. No... This is deal breaker...- Nabla (talk) 22:09, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Wouldn't the constant popups from when an editor is overhauling a page with hundreds of edits be annoying? How about along with not popping up for likely vandal edits it also wouldn't pop up for when several edits are being made(except for when one of those several edits is a revert which would suggest removal of a vandal that edited several times). -glove- (talk) 06:23, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

Voting

  • Support Support Ainali (talk) 21:24, 27 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Dvorapa (talk) 09:58, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support ·addshore· talk to me! 10:49, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support HHill (talk) 11:37, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Oscar_. (talk) · @ 11:44, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Jamez42 (talk) 12:43, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 13:22, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Stryn (talk) 15:59, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support This should use new technology instead of polling. Providing the number of edits and changes bytes may be useful. YFdyh000 (talk) 16:23, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support — Draceane talkcontrib. 18:47, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Laboramus (talk) 20:47, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support — Luchesar • T/C 21:54, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Thomas Obermair 4 (talk) 23:07, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support IKhitron (talk) 23:22, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support bspf Meuble Moucheture d hermine.svg (talk) 07:55, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Donald Trung (Talk 🤳🏻) (My global lock 🔒) (My global unlock 🔓) 11:16, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Joshualouie711 (talk) 19:30, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Ermahgerd9 (talk) 20:51, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support - Evad37 (talk) 00:48, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Nocowardsoulismine (talk) 02:36, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Jith12 (talk) 22:46, 30 November 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Daniel Case (talk) 03:23, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Ynhockey (talk) 16:49, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Something like this, well designed and unobtrusive, could add some interactivity between passive readers and the active contributor community. Many people still don't know that anyone can contribute. Ckoerner (talk) 21:55, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support SEMMENDINGER (talk) 23:51, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support ~Cybularny Speak? 12:52, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support. Definitely yes. Ented (talk) 15:01, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Wostr (talk) 16:08, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Maitake (talk) 16:34, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Otapka (talk) 18:46, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support This would be extremely useful for the page I edit the most. TheNavigatrr (talk) 01:16, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Yes please. Edit conflicts waste a stupid amount of editorial time.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  08:05, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Pau Colominas (talk) 16:30, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support if I can opt out of the feature permanently, remove notifications on a case-by-case basis and there's no serious performance issue that will be caused by the feature. — Bilorv (talk) 01:48, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Ruslik (talk) 16:51, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support Jack who built the house (talk) 22:35, 10 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Support Support This would also show readers that Wikipedia is actually edited by people. This encourages readers to become contributors. Syced (talk) 05:17, 11 December 2017 (UTC)