Community Wishlist Survey 2021/Mobile and apps/Show mobile site without the .m subdomain

Show mobile site without the .m subdomain

  • Problem: Currently, Wikipedia and it's sister projects offer two different URLs: One for desktop devices, one for mobile devices. Please, remove special subdomain for mobile view. The normal one should be valid for both versions. Old links should redirect to main URL, so old hyperlinks don't direct to nirvana.
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  • Proposer: --Smarti (talk) 18:14, 16 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]


  • Is this about having a truly responsive design (which is indeed a large effort but which is probably under the desktop improvements work, not CommTech) or is this about having one URL rather than two? (The latter is phab:T214998.) --Izno (talk) 22:09, 16 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
In my eyes, a resposive design is nice to have. I prefer to have only one URL. Thanks for mentioning the ticket ID. So, I hope it will be realized. --Smarti (talk) 22:31, 16 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I subscribed to ticket. --Smarti (talk) 22:51, 16 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
@Smarti: Can you change your problem statement so it is clear which of the two this proposal is about? Based on this discussion I think it is about the URL ticket, but you should make that clear in the problem statement too. --Izno (talk) 00:17, 17 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
@Izno:, I will do so. --Smarti (talk) 01:41, 17 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
@Izno: So, it's done, but at the moment, I don't know how to rename the site and it's title. --Smarti (talk) 02:10, 17 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • I think I can get behind this one. I don't see it often, but when I do, it annoys me. I get sent a Wikipedia link, and every so often, it's a mobile link that I don't catch in time. This isn't that substantial of a problem, I must admit, but a simple device detection followed by a redirect isn't that difficult.
Other wikis already have this feature, like Gamepedia. Both of them use the MediaWiki API. --Diriector Doc (talk) 04:49, 21 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support. I send my tabs between mobile and desktop Firefox daily, and hate to edit .m out of the address every time. Ponor (talk) 03:39, 22 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • I support this! It's really annoying when a mobile user copies a link and sends it to desktop users who then open up an egregiously wrong-looking website. Should just build a response design into one url. —Shrinkydinks (talk) 22:40, 24 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]
  • Support as a mobile user. This is really annoying regardless of whether you're using a phone or a desktop, since there is no automatic redirection from one version to the other. Even Wikia, an overall terrible site, doesn't have this problem, so why should the Wikimedia ones? Glades12 (talk) 15:07, 28 November 2020 (UTC)[reply]