Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Admins and patrollers/Easier flagging

Easier flagging

  • Problem: We need better tools that allow editors sifting through articles looking for mistakes to flag things for citation quicker and more easily.
  • Who would benefit: Mainly editors who dedicate specific editing time. Not everyone can dedicate time to fixing every mistake they encounter, and not everyone searches an article for mistakes every time they view it. This would help those people.
  • Proposed solution: Insert an option next to each section header in visual editor mode that reads "flag". For the plaintext editor, perhaps there could be a splitting of the templates into writing and correction templates? Anyway, a click on this would bring up a dropdown menu of the most common mistakes that need to be flagged:

Citation needed Style correction Written like an advertisement etc. This would allow for quicker identification and flagging of mistakes.


Tracked in Phabricator:
Task T209797
  • Regicide1, I'd suggest broadening the scope of the "problem" sentence to include all inline tags, like the rest of the proposal, and making it more succinct. I think you are massively understating your case on "who will benefit"  . There is evidence[1] that constructive criticism, such as inline-tagging, causes new editors to learn, fix their own edits, and become long-term editors. Currently, reverting is much easier than tagging. Reverting, unsurprisingly, makes both vandals and potential good editors give up. Wikipedia has lifethreatening problems with recruiting new editors; our editor numbers are slowly declining. If we don't fix, Wikipedia will die. Messily, as paid propagandists and shills take over. For more details and citations of the research lit., see en:WP:Encourage the newcomers (an essay to which I have contributed substantially, so not an independent opinion). On the "proposed solution", it might be better to be fairly flexible about the details of the UI, and just describe the functionality we want; working prototypes tend to cause major design changes. We won't really know what method would work best until it's been built. Do the Community Tech Team have any advice on what level of design detail would be optimal? HLHJ (talk) 19:44, 23 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • I am moving this to the "Admins and patrollers" category since it seems to be more about patrolling. Hope this okay, MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 19:35, 24 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • We le=redy have this. It's Twinkle. DGG (talk) 10:07, 29 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • Users ought to be able to work out their own flexible ways of patrolling e.g. look at a page on your watchlist every day or every weekSpinney Hill (talk) 13:46, 16 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • "next to each section header in visual editor mode" Meaning you have to click the Edit button first and then you can flag things? Maybe just a flag on the main article view that pops up when you hover over it would be better. — Omegatron (talk) 15:03, 20 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]