Community Wishlist Survey 2017/Editing/Make it easy to switch articles on the main page

Make it easy to switch articles on the main pageEdit

  • Problem: When editing the main page and insert a new article, you must to change title, a small description, and a image: that are 3 steps. It would be easier to do it in one step.
  • Who would benefit: All projects, and especially Wikinews + Wikipedia
  • Proposed solution: Introduce a general system for all Wikiprojects like French Wikinews have: link, to switch articles on the main page in 1 step instead of 3 steps.
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@Livenws: Could you clarify a bit more exactly what you have in mind here? Like are you envisioning a tool that would generate the needed Main page wikitext for a new featured article? Kaldari (talk) 18:42, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

  • While I don't see a fundamental issue with this, it doesn't seem like it's got a very high benefit-cost ratio for Comm Tech. --Izno (talk) 04:09, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
  • @Kaldari Like the French system, just 1 click to publish a new article on the main page without adding image, or short description manually. The system does that automatically. Livenws (talk) 23:53, 21 November 2017 (UTC)
    • It looks like the French system depends on the specific templates that are in use on French Wikinews. Since every wiki uses a different layout and templates for their Main page, I'm not sure how we could build a system that would work across different wikis. Kaldari (talk) 02:09, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

We have something like this on the Romanian Wikipedia, based on a Lua module and a list of articles, which parses the introduction (section 0) of an article to leave only the text with no templates. I've noticed that the TextExtracts extension does exactly that, offering some tweaks and knobs, except the output is either text or HTML. I've logged phab:T166149 for this task, but with little luck. Perhaps this proposal can take over that approach.--Strainu (talk) 15:02, 26 November 2017 (UTC)

This would be useful for words of the day at Wiktionary on the main page, currently done by hand Ithink. Gryllida 00:38, 4 December 2017 (UTC)


  •   Support Strainu (talk) 22:43, 27 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 13:06, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Thomas Obermair 4 (talk) 21:48, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Shizhao (talk) 03:01, 29 November 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Ynhockey (talk) 17:08, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose This changes on every Wikipedia, and should be discussed onwiki and not globally. Theklan (talk) 18:39, 1 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose per Theklan. Ented (talk) 13:15, 2 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose per Izno. Waldir (talk) 10:30, 3 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Gryllida 00:38, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support TheNavigatrr (talk) 01:09, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Ciao • Bestoernesto 02:38, 4 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose are more steps for ages for a reason; except a title and of course a content more than a triple quoted text identical to pagename all is optional so requires more steps. Ca't agree more with Theklan et al Klaas `Z4␟` V:  22:07, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
  •   Weak support, there is indeed a problem with putting an extract of an article on the main page in most projects, and it would be indeed useful to make a simpler workflow for this. Low priority however — NickK (talk) 16:41, 11 December 2017 (UTC)