[Wikimedia-l] Info action

Richard Symonds richard.symonds at wikimedia.org.uk
Tue Oct 23 09:59:50 UTC 2012


This looks fantastic, and very useful! I'm not sure how related this is,
but is there any way the page can also pull up page views? Or would that be
a problem? My understanding is that page views puts too much load on the
servers, so it may well be unworkable...

It's also be useful to be able to see how many editors, authors etc there
were in the past 24 hours - again, I'm not sure if this is doable, but I
thought I'd throw it out there!

Richard Symonds/Chase me ladies

On 22 October 2012 22:41, MZMcBride <z at mzmcbride.com> wrote:

> Hi.
> This is just a heads-up that you'll start seeing a "Page information" link
> in the sidebar (under "Toolbox") in the coming days on Wikimedia wikis. It
> is deployed now to a few wikis already. This "Page information" link leads
> to a newly reimplemented info action:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Main_Page&action=info
> Many, many years ago, the info action was added to MediaWiki, but due to
> performance issues, it was quickly disabled by default and was mostly
> forgotten about. This year, with the wonderful help of Madman, Krenair, and
> others, we have reimplemented the info action to provide an information
> dashboard of sorts about a particular page title to users.
> This dashboard includes a variety of metadata about the page, including the
> page's protection status, length, default categorization sort key, internal
> page ID, templates used on the page, and more. The content is somewhat
> dynamic: for some pages it will omit certain irrelevant fields and for some
> users (such as administrators), certain additional fields (such as the
> number of page watchers) will be displayed. This will slowly allow for the
> deprecation of outside tools that currently provide information of this
> nature.
> The hope is that this action will evolve over time to become a valuable
> resource for users. If you can think of data points that are missing from
> the current action's output or have other ideas to improve the info action
> (it desperately needs a little design love), please feel free to e-mail
> this
> list or file a bug at <https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/>.
> MZMcBride
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