Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Search/Improvements in "What links here"

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Improvements in "What links here"

  • Problem: Currently, the "What links here" page shows a list of pages, where item has has buttons for "What links this page" and "Edit page". This list is ordered by page creation date.
I think that it should have more options to make it even more useful.
  • Who would benefit: Editors, and some experienced readers.
  • Proposed solution: For each page, the entry should show first edit date, last edit date, file size, number of editions, and additional buttons for "View history" and "Page information".
Also, the list should be sortable by pages name, file size, first edit date, last edit date, and number of editions.
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I note that, without database schema changes, fetching the first edit date and number of revisions would be expensive operations (i.e. they'd be slow and use a lot of server resources). Sorting by pretty much anything besides what it's currently sorted by would also be expensive, and is unlikely to be helped by any reasonable schema change. Anomie (talk) 14:33, 21 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Sorting can be done client-side. The server only needs to send the data with any default sorting. -- 17:42, 21 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]
People would consider it a bug that when they hit "sort by size" it sorts only the 200 already-shown entries instead of bringing in the larger entries from later in the default ordering. Anomie (talk) 14:55, 22 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]