Community Wishlist Survey 2019/Admins and patrollers/Open diffs in new tab

Open diffs in new tab

  • Problem: Sometimes when reviewing edits, we open the contributions list of an user and have to click on each diff link to check if there is anything wrong with the edits. For those that do it many times a day, it may be boring and time consuming to individually click on each of them.
  • Who would benefit: Reviewers in general, admins, stewards, oversighters, checkusers.
  • Proposed solution: It would be easier to have a button to open each diff in a new tab. Even if a limit is defined. Just like we have Smart rollback to rollback all the edits on a list, it will make our work easier and we will tend to be more thorough when looking for edits of a vandal, sockpuppet, or anything alike.
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  • Proposer: —Teles «Talk to me ˱C L @ S˲» 21:13, 6 November 2018 (UTC)


  • You can middle click on diff links to achieve the same effect. MER-C (talk) 21:32, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
    That works for desktop! I give you that! However, the proposed would help a lot when doing it on mobile.—Teles «Talk to me ˱C L @ S˲» 21:41, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
    But that doesn't work on a laptop ....--1233 | Questions?| This message is left by him at 08:47, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
    Works on my laptop, with Firefox 63. It may depend on your browser. You might also be able to right-click and choose "Open in a new tab" from the context menu. Anomie (talk) 13:38, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
    @1233: On mobile you can usually do a long press on the link and choose "open in new tab" in the contextual menu —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 09:11, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
    Ctrl+click also works. MER-C (talk) 20:51, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
    @1233: ping for above replies. Also: on some laptops' trackpads you can "3-finger-tap" to simulate a mouse middle-click. Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 01:45, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
    If you're using a browser, you can click and hold which will generally open a series of options, one of which is usually open in new tab. (No comment on the apps.) --Izno (talk) 00:46, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I note this sounds more suited as a user script or gadget than as a change to MediaWiki itself. Helping develop gadgets is stated to be within the Community Tech team's scope. Anomie (talk) 13:38, 7 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I don't think that's necessary. Click the middle button on your mouse or right-click on the link and "open in a new tab" just works. --Super Wang on zhwiki (Share your opinions) 23:46, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
    • @MER-C and Super Wang: It opens one link at once. If I understand the proposal, it needs one link to open in new tabs all changes on some list (contribs). Similar gadgets I can find on plwiki for opening multiple unreviewed (FlaggedRevs) edits. --Wargo (talk) 19:59, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Handling multiple tabs is a pain on mobile, no matter what. (Plus I doubt browsers take kindly to scripts opening dozens of tabs.) If mobile is the focus of the feature, ideally you'd have some kind custom interface that lets you walk through a list of diffs, e.g. by offering them up one after the other with a set of action buttons (like rollback/accept) or with swipe-based navigation. That's a bit too involved for a gadget, though. --Tgr (talk) 02:09, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
@Tgr: Maybe opening the content of all diffs in just one tab? Like a list of diff. Not sure if possible... just an idea. Similar with what we have on the Atom feed.—Teles «Talk to me ˱C L @ S˲» 04:53, 25 November 2018 (UTC)
@Teles: It certainly is possible but again you need to design and implement a dedicated interface which is a nontrivial amount of work. My point is that "open a bunch of links in new tabs" sounds super simple but wouldn't really be helpful (definitely not on mobile) and a more proper solution wouldn't be simple so this isn't really the "quick win" task it sounds to be. --Tgr (talk) 21:56, 25 November 2018 (UTC)


  •   Support Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 03:32, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Please allow users to turn this on/off in the settings FF-11 (talk) 10:02, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support ديفيد عادل وهبة خليل 2 (talk) 11:08, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   SupportThanks for the fish! talkcontribs 19:51, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Another helpful idea might be to allow combining diffs per user... but that would take another proposal. :) Wikicat (talk) 03:19, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Abductive (talk) 09:52, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support But it should be opt-in, if not will be so irritant open diffs in desktop and, perhaps, on mobiles too. Mr. Fulano! Talk 21:27, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Mend My Way 23:43, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Novak Watchmen (talk) 23:02, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support It is possible to do Nhatminh01 (talk) 11:18, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Support NankineseYang (talk) 00:41, 26 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support - Quality of life improvement that could be very helpful, especially for recent changes patrollers. Kirbanzo (talk) 18:53, 26 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Filipović Zoran (talk) 19:24, 26 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Ooo86 (talk) 20:44, 26 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support Kirk 0Discussion0 17:25, 27 November 2018 (UTC)
  •   Support This is a vital solution which we need. Denver20 (talk) 15:25, 29 November 2018 (UTC)