Better indication of edit conflict

+18 votes
I made an LNAB change and an initial bio entry and saved before starting to write the full bio with multiple sources. What I didn't realise was that someone who I assume is a ranger had made a minor change, added England to the birth location, and I lost all the work I had done. Is it possible to make it more obvious that a conflict is occurring? And if a conflict does happen, what is the editor supposed to do? Cut the bio, refresh, and paste?
WikiTree profile: Albert Napper
in WikiTree Tech by Chris Hampson G2G6 Pilot (105k points)
retagged by Mags Gaulden

2 Answers

+7 votes
I agree that the "edit conflict" message is easy to miss. Perhaps it could be a different color than the saved message.

When it does happen, I arrow back to wherever my added information was, copy the bio, or the pertinent part, start a new edit and paste it in and save.
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
What "edit conflict" message?

I sometimes experience the agony of finding I have attempted to edit a particular profile or category page while someone else is concurrently working on it.  A few days ago I experienced the issue several times, on different profiles, within a four hour period.

Where do I look to see the edit conflict message?
I wish I could tell you, George! It certainly wasn't obvious enough for me to spot.
See how easy it is to miss! When you save and there is an edit conflict, there is a message in the orange/red box (looks orange on my Mac but red on my daughter's Dell) at the top of the page, where it normally says "Changes Saved"
I saw the green pre-1700 message, which I though was odd since it isn't a pre-1700 profile. I actually modified the DOB to see if it would go away, but it didn't. As it wasn't relevant I didn't worry about it. Perhaps a glitch in the system, or I was distracted by that and missed whatever else might have been displayed? If it normally works well I guess we'll never know what happened in this case.
FYI, we're now in the process of improving the edit-conflict system.
+3 votes
This is one reason that I set the privacy level to green whenever I can for a batch of profiles that I am currently working on. I will sometimes find a large number of sources for the person and do not want to have to go back and redo all of the resulting work just because someone decided to add a small thing to the profile, and it does happen.  There are those who make small changes but do not bother to look for a source first or even contact the manager first.  I know that the privacy settings should not be used for control but setting it to green still allows for all of the information to be viewed and still gives me the time to complete the work I have started.
by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)

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