Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Editing/Make it easy to switch articles on the main page

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Make it easy to switch articles on the main page

  • Problem: When editing the main page and insert a new article, you must to change title, a small description, and a image: that are 3 steps. It would be easier to do it in one step.
  • Who would benefit: All projects, and especially Wikinews + Wikipedia
  • Proposed solution: Introduce a general system for all Wikiprojects like French Wikinews have: link, to switch articles on the main page in 1 step instead of 3 steps.
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@Livenws: Could you clarify a bit more exactly what you have in mind here? Like are you envisioning a tool that would generate the needed Main page wikitext for a new featured article? Kaldari (talk) 18:42, 20 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]

  • While I don't see a fundamental issue with this, it doesn't seem like it's got a very high benefit-cost ratio for Comm Tech. --Izno (talk) 04:09, 21 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  • @Kaldari Like the French system, just 1 click to publish a new article on the main page without adding image, or short description manually. The system does that automatically. Livenws (talk) 23:53, 21 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]
    • It looks like the French system depends on the specific templates that are in use on French Wikinews. Since every wiki uses a different layout and templates for their Main page, I'm not sure how we could build a system that would work across different wikis. Kaldari (talk) 02:09, 22 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]

We have something like this on the Romanian Wikipedia, based on a Lua module and a list of articles, which parses the introduction (section 0) of an article to leave only the text with no templates. I've noticed that the TextExtracts extension does exactly that, offering some tweaks and knobs, except the output is either text or HTML. I've logged phab:T166149 for this task, but with little luck. Perhaps this proposal can take over that approach.--Strainu (talk) 15:02, 26 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]

This would be useful for words of the day at Wiktionary on the main page, currently done by hand Ithink. Gryllida 00:38, 4 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]