Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Editing/Add a notification number next to the talk page tab if there are recent discussions

Add a notification number next to the talk page tab if there are recent discussions

  • Problem: When I try to add sources and improve an article, I either, often forget to check if there were any recent discussions in the article page, or I click in the talk page for nothing as there is no discussion (which does not lead me to check it next time)!
  • Proposed solution: Add a notification number next to the talk page tab if there are recent discussions during the last (90?)x days.
  • Who would benefit: Everyone.
  • More comments: note: I see a problem with this proposal as some users will prefer just to discuss and forget to add content to the article!
  • Phabricator tickets:
  • Proposer: Jurbop (talk) 07:50, 23 January 2022 (UTC)

Discussion

@Jurbop: you raising the prospect of surfacing the level of activity on a talk page within the "article header" comes at an opportune time. Reason being: the Wikimedia Foundation's Web Team is currently exploring ideas that would do just as you're describing. I'm pinging @AHollender (WMF): in case he has more context to share about the work the Web Team is doing in this area.

Also, in case you're curious about improvements to talk pages themselves, the Editing Team is in the midst of making a series of improvements to make it easier for people to recognize and use talk pages as places to communicate with volunteers about improving the wiki's content. PPelberg (WMF) (talk) 23:30, 27 January 2022 (UTC)

Hello @PPelberg (WMF), many thanks. I didn't know that! Jurbop (talk) 19:28, 28 January 2022 (UTC)
I'm glad to know you found this information useful ^ _ ^ PPelberg (WMF) (talk) 19:30, 28 January 2022 (UTC)
  • I think this would be more useful if it were made specific to the user. As in, when visiting a particular article, each user sees how many messages were added/edits were made to that article's talk page since their last visit to the talk page (or, if that's too resource demanding, a simple boolean indicating whether there were any messages/edits). Silver hr (talk) 20:10, 1 February 2022 (UTC)
  • There's one user script that can do one part of what's described here: en:User:Enterprisey/talk-tab-count. It shows the number of discussion next to the talk page link (though it doesn't distinguish between new and old ones). Uanfala (talk) 12:45, 7 February 2022 (UTC)
    Indeed the proposal reminded me of this script, though I'm not quite sure how the proposer imagined the "notification" number. ~~~~
    User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
    18:00, 8 February 2022 (UTC)

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