Jump to content

Grants:IdeaLab/Edit merges

From Meta, a Wikimedia project coordination wiki
Edit merges
When users make multiple edits within a short time frame, the changes should be merged into a single edit for the sake of simplicity.
idea creator
created on03:28, Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (UTC)

Project idea[edit]

What is the problem you're trying to solve?[edit]

Sometimes users will make multiple edits in a short time frame to inhibit article reversion, or to fix a typographical error. That causes extra workload in either case.

What is your solution?[edit]

The solution is to condense revision histories. If a user makes two edits within the same hour, the edits should then be merged. If a different user makes an edit in between the two edits of the other user, then the edits should not be merged.

Project goals[edit]

The goal of this project is to make revision histories shorter and easier to read.

Get involved[edit]



  • There may be unforeseen difficulties with this, but it would sure be nice for watchlist RSS feeds... Junkyardsparkle (talk) 07:23, 15 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Would be a really good benefit. Those kind of histories are really hard to read: https://fr.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pong&action=history ; Moreover, vandalism made on several edits are harder to cancel than merged one. Ssx`z (talk) 08:20, 15 March 2016 (UTC)
  • less edits, less history, less space...great idea :) Triton (talk) 10:48, 15 March 2016 (UTC)
  • It Might create complications for example when a user has left 2 or more separate summaries for different controversial edits. Crouch, Swale (talk) 22:07, 15 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Good idea Andthu (talk) 22:07, 15 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Only merge sequential edits that lack an edit summary; never mark merged edit as minor. Swpb (talk) 22:24, 17 March 2016 (UTC)
It looks confusing, but also a good idea! 333-blue 23:29, 17 March 2016 (UTC)

Expand your idea[edit]

Would a grant from the Wikimedia Foundation help make your idea happen? You can expand this idea into a grant proposal.

Expand into an Individual Engagement Grant
Expand into a Project and Event Grant