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Unacceptable replacement of <> symbols

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Summary by Thiemo Kreuz (WMDE)
Andrew Davidson (talkcontribs)

I used the tool to resolve an edit conflict at Bob the Builder This munged the formatting by replacing < and > with ampersand codes. As these symbols are widely used on the English Wikipedia, this is unacceptable and so I'm no longer using the beta.

Ravensfire (talkcontribs)

I just ran into this myself. See [https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Michael_Peterson_(criminal)&diff=950237197&oldid=950237182]. I had reverted the edit from an IP [https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Michael_Peterson_(criminal)&diff=950237182&oldid=950231864], got the edit conflict, chose my revision and accepted and then see the lead messed up. The history showed a second edit from me that appears to have come from the edit conflict resolution. Something's not right.

Interestingly, I got an EC on a subsequent article, clicked preview and saw the same formatting issues. Clicked cancel, and in the history, my original edit was there. This is just odd.

Taste1at (talkcontribs)

The same happened also here:

The replacement occurred for all unchanged text and all text modified by the other user (which I have accepted in conflict resolution). Those lines I did change have not been affected by the bugous replacements.

Ysogo (talkcontribs)
Ravensfire (talkcontribs)

As someone noted below, this doesn't seem to happen if I press Enter when submitting the edit, only when I click on the save button.

Rich Farmbrough (talkcontribs)

We had this on a recent death page <,>," and & were affected. Because of the rate of editing I ended up fixing one character type at a time, which is not ideal. Because "Recent event" articles are more likely to create conflicts, this bug is more likely to express in these circumstances.

Is there a Phab for this?

Ysogo (talkcontribs)
Ammarpad (talkcontribs)

That's an old task, and the issue looks somewhat different. The task for the current issue is phab:T249986

Thiemo Kreuz (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

I'm able to reproduce the behavior and can confirm this is clearly a bug. I appears like the actual bug was introduced more than 3 years ago, but only surfaced now because of other changes. I'm really sorry this happened during the Easter holidays. We will backport a fix as soon as we can.

Max Klemm (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

The issue was fixed and this fix is life on all Wikis. Thanks a lot for the report. --For the Technical Wishes Team: Max Klemm (WMDE) (talk) 09:28, 14 April 2020 (UTC)