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PostPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2020 11:30 pm 

I've noticed that most of the times a doubtful edit or change is made to a page, the mods will usually create a report and send a message to the user who made that edit, to discuss the edit and for the user to give any justification that might clarify it.

I've noticed that it's been almost 10 years since the V2 of the site was introduced, and a "edit notes" field is still missing. Most encyclopaedias on the web have this kind of field where a user can briefly explain his edit, give sources or just leave a note so anyone checking the updates to a page can see. It needs no explanation.

I don't know anything about web developing, and if a feature which looks this simple can be easily implemented, but I'm sure this would improve the site's overall quality, and could make it way easier to check if an edit to any page is right or not. It might seem somewhat unnecessary given that most people who edit the site and any vital information are somewhat trustable given their time in here, but it would still be a nice feature to have and would probably prevent some headaches with certain stuff; also, nobody wants to open Google to search for the source of any edit when the user responsible of it can put it in for quick and easy access.

This feature could be abused in some way though; of course nobody (and specially the people who really care about the Encyclopaedia) to check the update history of a page and see a lot of updates with links to scam/porn sites (or any site completely irrelevant, but just to give examples of something more undesirable), or have a kid do a lot of random edits just to put some random shit in the edit notes like "FUCK U" or "UR MOM GAY LOL". I wouldn't make it obligatory at all because not all edits must be clarified, obviously, but I would warn users who regularly do doubtful edits but don't write anything in this field, as I would also warn users who spam it with unneeded things.

I'd like to hear what you think about this, I guess it was suggested before too but I couldn't find any recent thread regarding a similar suggestion.
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Metal newbie

Joined: Fri Jan 18, 2019 10:31 am
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 7:13 am 

That's a great idea.
If one wants to take it one step further and storage space is not an issue for Metal Archives, the source pages could be saved as well for future reference, i.e. as whole page or screenshot. Or automatically trigger indexing of the source by archive.org and store the link to the entry in the edit notes. Also one could think about an option to upload sources, i.e. photos of booklets or printed interviews.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:49 am 

That feature is pretty far up our list of most-wanted features, not sure when it will be implemented though
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