Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Editing/Create discussion entry automatically from edit summary

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Create discussion entry automatically from edit summary

  • Problem:

On editing an article, it seems to be a good idea to insert a remark on a questionable point in the edit summary – the effort to insert it on the discussion page is much greater. But experience shows, that very often no one comes the way to handle the problem. So the remark gets lost in the history.

  • Who would benefit:


  • Proposed solution:

Create a possibility to insert a discussion entry from a part of an edit summary automatically.

  • More comments:

Maybe the part could be the summary ending identified by an introducing string as for example "Discussion:". Disadvantage: Only experienced users would be aware of this possibility. A better implementation would be great, but it should not affect the simplicity of the editing page. So to add a new choice possibility as "Edit summary and discussion entry" seems to be bad.

  • Phabricator tickets:


Why can't the user go to the dicussion page and create a topic? Is it because it's difficult or time-consuming? -- NKohli (WMF) (talk) 19:42, 10 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]
It's not difficult, but it takes time and seems to be unnecessary, hoping that there are users, which have the article on their watchlist and can & will handle the problem. But experience in the German WP shows, that this hope is too optimistically in more than 50% of the cases. --Griot (talk) 09:56, 11 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Edit summaries tend to be lost in the background of the history page. Topics on the discussion page remain more visible for longer. This proposal could have the effect of diluting the talk page with clutter, or making potentially useful edit summaries more persistent, depending on how responsibly such a tool would be used. I suspect that the only way we will find out is by trying it out, and I think it would be worth trying if the effort required is not too much. · · · Peter (Southwood) (talk): 06:28, 29 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]
I agree that this will just dilute the quality of talk pages with dreck. That it takes some thought and consideration of context to make a talk-page entry is a feature, not a bug. —Syrenka V (talk) 21:31, 29 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]