Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Archive/Force contributors to write an edit summary

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NoN Proposes a social/community policy change rather than a technical feature

Original title: Obliger les contributeurs à écrire un résumé de leur contribution

  • Problem:
    English (translation): I wish to write an edit summary was mandatory before submitting it. This would let have a better global view on article edits, and above all it would force contributors to justify their edit pedagogically, avoiding savage reverts without explanation.

    French (original): Je souhaite qu’il soit obligatoire d’écrire un résumé d’une contribution avant de la valider. Cela permettrait d’avoir une meilleure vision globale des contributions d’un article, et surtout cela obligerait les contributeurs à justifier leur contribution de manière pédagogique, en évitant les suppressions sauvages faites sans explication.
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  • This is not something CommTech can help with. You need to talk with your local wiki about whether contributions should have an edit summary forced on users (hint: they probably won't take your suggestion). --Izno (talk) 01:35, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Indeed, this is more of a social change than a technical one. If your wiki does decide it wants to enforce edit summary usage, you could use fr:Special:AbuseFilter to do it, or author a simple gadget. MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 19:49, 8 November 2018 (UTC)