Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Editing/Allow editing an entire page at once in the mobile app

Allow editing an entire page at once in the mobile app

  • Problem: The mobile app only allows one section (including the lede) to be edited at a time
  • Who would benefit: Mobile editors.
  • Proposed solution: Allow the whole page to be edited at once.
  • More comments: Sometimes I want to move content between sections, or check that another section does not already cover the issue, and it is annoying having to go out of edit mode to do anything that involves the sections I'm not editing at the moment.
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  • Proposer: Keepcalmandchill (talk) 03:47, 17 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]


This is also an issue for the mobile browser version, so that should also be changed. Keepcalmandchill (talk) 04:20, 17 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Supported your proposal. But this is what I do when I need to move contents between sections:

  • Say I would like to add a new section, Section B, in between Section A and Section C; I will edit Section A and just add the new content (with the header of the new section) below Section A.
  • Or if I would like to swap the positions of Section A and Section B; I will copy the source code of Section A and paste it below Section B (via editing only Section B), and later on edit the former Section A (above Section B) and just blank it.

It is very inconvenient, that's why I support your proposal, but just in case you didn't already know, those are the more inconvenient but possible ways of moving contents between/swapping sections. Also I wholeheartedly agree with you on the "have to go out of edit mode to refer to other sections" part. -Colathewikian (talk) 05:34, 9 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

For now, on the mobile browser version, tapping the "edit" icon (that looks like a pen) on the top of an article only allows us to edit the lead section. I suggest that we be given two options when tapping that "edit" icon on the top:

  1. edit only the lead section;
  2. edit the whole page.

--Colathewikian (talk) 05:58, 9 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]

  • I do a lot of editing on a tiny mobile screen. But I always use Desktop view, and have no issues whatsoever editing an entire page. Why worry about the Wikipedia mobile app (which seems aimed at reading, not editing) when browser editing is easy and straightforward. Nick Moyes (talk) 09:50, 9 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]
    @Nick Moyes: I almost always edit on mobile too, but Desktop view on a mobile screen is really inconvenient to me: I have to constantly pinch to zoom in and out and I end up reading the words without caring to zoom in, which hurts my eyes. This is an issue not just for editing on the mobile app, but also the mobile browser. -Colathewikian (talk) 10:12, 16 December 2020 (UTC)[reply]