Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Editing/Dropdown list option for edit summary

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Dropdown list option for edit summary

  • Problem: Include Dropdown list option for edit summary
  • Who would benefit: all editors, specially new editors, minor edits etc.
  • Proposed solution: right or left corner of edit summary field, an optional dropdown list can be included which will fill edit summary, insted of typing summary, it will alternately benefit new editors to understand how to fill the edit summary.
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  • Proposer: Omer123hussain (talk) 05:34, 23 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • I see little added value. Modern browsers have an autocomplete function, that shows previously and frequently used summaries. Geert Van Pamel (WMBE) (talk) 18:46, 23 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • @Geertivp: I'm not sure I particularly care about / support this proposal, but on the question of possible benefit to those who would: The value could be summed up as simply the difference between typing 2 or 3 characters, and typing zero. (And if you still don't see any potential value, write a few edit summaries from a mobile device and get back to us...) -- FeRDNYC (talk) 00:31, 24 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      I have tried it on my smartphone. The browser proposes me a list of matching edit summaries immediately after I start typing at least 1 character... Geert Van Pamel (WMBE) (talk) 18:46, 26 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • AFAIK, there are some local tools already doing this. — Draceane talkcontrib. 17:41, 24 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    This function already exists on the en: Wikipedia. Geert Van Pamel (WMBE) (talk) 22:27, 26 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    I believe the relevant gadget is w:en:MediaWiki:Gadget-defaultsummaries.js. —The Editor's Apprentice (talk) 22:56, 28 November 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Comment. On w:en I see canned edit summaries from IPs like "fixed typo" when what they really "fixed" was to change Ukraine to Russia (obviously Ukraine is wrong, must be a typo, yeah?) or "added content" Luke is a butthead. Not sure if there is an auto-fill option available to not-logged-in users, or they are just copying from the example text in the UI. If implemented, consider: adding a tag for "canned summary"; make options subtly different from the suggestions shown to anons (e.g. one could be "fixed typo" the other "fixed typo(s)", iOS has "Fixed typo" with a capital); make feature opt-in and for registered users only. Pelagic (talk) 22:12, 16 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Second comment. We have several editing interfaces, some of them currently don't allow you to enter, change or even view the edit summary. If this was to be implemented, would it be done for all of mobile source, mobile visual, desktop classic source, desktop NWE source, desktop VE, etc.? Pelagic (talk) 22:12, 16 December 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]