Several weeks ago, I reported what I thought to be
some sort of bug. At that time, it involved the
Wikipedia:Orphaned articles page becoming
"duplicated", meaning that the text of the page
appeared two and a fraction times.
I heard talk of this sort of thing happening
elsewhere, and now it has happened on Village pump.
In both cases (Orphaned articles and Village pump),
there were three very quick edits by one user --
apparently repeated clicking of the submit button?
Please take a look at the three edits to Village Pump
by User:Calmypal at 19:35, 29 Apr 2004.
It appears that the first one happened normally. The
second one replaced the page with a partial copy of
the page. The third one seemed to have a partial page
followed by a full page.
Note also that the first and third edit summaries
include the "M" for a minor edit, and a header in the
summary. The middle one had no "M" and no summary.
So, the user pressed submit, which worked but the user
didn't see the results. The user pressed submit a
second time, and then a third time sometime in the
middle of the second's processing, interrupting the
second and appending the third. Does that somehow make
Is it somehow possible that the edit conflict
resolution gets confused when it has a conflict
between the same user (if you know what I mean)?
I know that all the information is preserved in the
history, but fixing it, especially on a heavy use page
like Village pump, is a real pain in the butt.
Just out of curiosity, if I have two open edit
sessions of the same page, and press submit on both in
very short succession, what happens?
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