Community Wishlist Survey 2022/Miscellaneous/The "tag name" on the change line should link directly to "tagged changes"

  • Problem: The tag on the change line currently looks like this:

        14:33 John Callahan's Quads! (diff | hist) .. (−12) .. Rng0286 (talk | contribs) (lorem ipsum) (Tags: Visual edit, Mobile web edit)

    The tag name is either a link to a help page or just plain text. It is not easy to find edits with the same tag.

  • Proposed solution: Change the tag display on the change line. The tag name should link directly to the "tagged changes" at Special:RecentChanges. For example: the tag "VisualEditor" would link to Recent Changes but showing only edits with the #VisualEditor tag (example), tag "Mobile web edit" links to example, etc. Like this:

        14:33 John Callahan's Quads! (diff | hist) .. (−12) .. Rng0286 (talk | contribs) (lorem ipsum) (Tags: VisualEditor, Mobile web edit)

    A new Special redirect could be introduced as well, such as Special:Tags/tag_name page that would redirect to Special:RecentChanges showing only edits with the given tag.

  • Who would benefit: All editors
  • More comments:
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  • Proposer: Shizhao (talk) 07:09, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


  • @Shizhao: Did you know you can find "tagged changes" through Special:RecentChanges? Look for the "Tags" button towards the right. See the English Wikipedia results for Visual edit, for example. Is this what you are looking for?

    I think it's sensible to link recent changes from the tag names in revision histories, as you are suggest, but then how would we ever show a link to the documentation for the tag? Special:RecentChanges doesn't have an intuitive way surface this (you can also filter by multiple tags). Also, if it wasn't clear, these links to documentation pages are defined in interface messages. Those could be updated by any admin to link to Special:RecentChanges for that tag, if there's consensus to do so. The "Visual edit" tag for instance is defined at en:MediaWiki:Tag-visualeditor. MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 21:28, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

    For pages which need/have the additional documentation, adding some text "help" or whatever would work. I would be more than happy to see, for example, the VE tag changed today just to demonstrate it's possible to do what is being suggested today. --Izno (talk) 23:04, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • I would love this! I have clicked these too many times and thought "gosh, I wish this actually took me to the list of changes with this tag". --Izno (talk) 23:04, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    "find "tagged changes" through Special:RecentChanges" is another way, and it's a lot more troublesome than clicking the link directly. The tags also appears in watchlists, user contributions, and page history. Shizhao (talk) 02:45, 20 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Great points! A link to see changes with the tag seems most intuitive, doesn't it. Well, let's see what people have to say! I also like the idea of serving some help text or what have you through the |title= attribute. I'm going to get this proposal setup for translation. MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 06:32, 21 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    I also did a little tweaking to the proposal that I hope is okay. Towards the end you were proposing a Special:Tags/tag_name page that shows only edits with this tag. Instead, I wrote it to utilize Special:RecentChanges for this purpose, which gives you many other features while still only showing the tagged edits. I hope this is okay :) Looking forward to seeing what people have to say! MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 07:18, 21 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • see phab:T301063--Shizhao (talk) 08:36, 6 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]