Community Wishlist Survey 2023/Editing/Avoid editing conflicts

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Avoid editing conflicts

  • Problem: Conflicting edits are confusing when 2 or more users are editing the article at the same time.
  • Proposed solution: Display an alert message when another user tries to edit an article that is already being edited.
  • Who would benefit: publishers
  • More comments:
  • Phabricator tickets: phab:T329975
  • Proposer: Elilopes (talk) 14:04, 25 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  • User:Bluedeck wrote a gadget that notifies you when the page you're editing is edited. --魔琴 (talk) 15:42, 25 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • "Is edited" means that the other user's edit is successfully published. --魔琴 (talk) 15:48, 25 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • @Elilopes, does this gadget do what you wanted or would you like to keep that proposal up? @Elilopes: KSiebert (WMF) (talk) 16:07, 25 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
- KSiebert (WMF) keep the proposal, for the community to decide
- Significa liberdade collaborative editing is a good one. maybe even this function is dangerous. Elilopes (talk) 15:00, 13 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • This is also like collaborative editing like in Google Docs where we can see other editors making edits together and may be more like social media when we can see other users are typing their edits. Thingofme (talk) 15:56, 11 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Answer to Libcub, this is just a simple alert to let you know that the article is being modified. this alert should not prevent another editor from making changes. Elilopes (talk) 14:54, 13 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Yes. That's why I said "intimidate or exhaust" not "prevent". I think taking care in the wording of the alert could help ameliorate the issue. Libcub (talk) 03:09, 14 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Would the first editor receive an alert as well?Wakelamp (talk) 01:15, 20 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]