--- Comment #5 from David <biblical_charac...@yahoo.com> ---
To me, we have two issues;
1) What pages can be moved over the redirect?
2) How do we avoid losing important edit history?
Jackmcbam's solution to #1 is a good one. It's about as vulnerable to
game-play as the status quo is (you can game the current system if you do a
chain of moves and trick an administrator into speedy-deleting one of them,
this does not change).
As for preserving edit history, how does this sound?
1) Create a way to mark REDIRECTS as "safe to overwrite." "Safe to overwrite"
means there is no edit history that would ever need to be kept.
2) Update the MOVE tool, bots, and user documentation to reflect the changes.
In almost all cases, the MOVE tool should leave a "safe to overwrite" redirect
3) If the FIRST edit is before some cutoff-date, ASSUME it is "safe to
overwrite" if it is a redirect. Otherwise, assume it is "NOT safe to
overwrite" unless it is marked as such.
4) Edits that are not redirects are of course not "safe to overwrite."
Only allow non-privileged editors to move-over-redirect if every edit is "safe
It's an open question if we want to allow the "safe to overwrite" flag to be
"set-able" by normal editors or if we want all normal editor's edits to
automatically make the page "not safe to overwrite." If possible, make this
configurable on a per-wiki basis.
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