One of the projects that I worked on during the Hackathon was resolving the
11-year old request to add a page creation log to MediaWiki (
). Up til now, we've logged page
deletions and page moves, but not page creations. Having such a log is
important for two reasons:
* Currently, it is difficult for non-administrators to identify abusive
spammer/PR accounts since much of the paper trail of their work is hidden
by page deletions.
* Currently, it is difficult to get data/metrics about page creation since
the page table doesn't include information about when an article was
created (or by whom) and the revision and recentchanges tables don't
include deleted revisions.
The patch to add this logging still needs to be reviewed/merged and any
assistance with that would be greatly appreciated:
The feature has been put behind a feature flag so that any wikis worried
about logging blot (i.e. Wikidata) can keep it disabled.