#3525 New mediawiki redirect behaviour is annoying
Closed: Fixed None Opened 9 years ago by adamwill.

Seems like mediawiki's redirect behaviour changed after a recent upgrade. Unfortunately I much preferred the old behaviour.

Previously, if you hit a redirect, the displayed URL would be just the URL of the redirected-to page, and there was a little link at the top to the non-redirected version of the page you were redirected from.

So I could go to https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Current_Installation_Test and I'd wind up at the apparent URL https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_18_Beta_TC4_Install (which I could handily copy-and-paste somewhere, as I frequently do). Now I wind up at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Fedora_18_Beta_TC4_Install?rd=Test_Results:Current_Installation_Test , and I have to chop off the last part of that if I want to paste it anywhere and have it look remotely clean.

The other consequence is even more annoying - there is now no easy way that I can find to get to the actual redirection page. Previously there was a little link you could click if you oh say wanted to change what page the redirect pointed to - which we do with the Current_XXX_Test and Current_Test_Day redirects all the time. Now there isn't; I've looked and looked but I don't see anything. You have to know or remember that, to visit a redirect page without getting redirected, you have to enter the URL and manually append ?redirect=no . That sucks.

Is it possible to go back to the old behaviour? Does MW have a config option for this?

This is part of an extension that puiterwijk and I worked on to help alleviate Google results showing old URLs for redirected pages.

We're going to look at making it a user preference to disable the functionality of this extension.

Hello - I still see the same behavior from https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Test_Results:Current_Installation_Test however, it doesn't seem to be much of an annoyance at this point, please reopen if this is still an issue.

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