Summary: Require a summary to be entered
Version: 2006-07-19
Maintainer: Petko
Categories:Administration, PHP72
Users: (View? / Edit)

Questions answered by this recipe

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  • Is there some way of forcing users to write change summaries or edit summaries when they edit pages?
  • I would like to be able to enforce summaries, because even though the policy is "thou shalt write a summary", most of the users are ignoring it.


In config.php:

## Require summary
function RequireSummary($pagename, &$page, &$new) {
    global $ChangeSummary, $MessagesFmt, $EnablePost;
    if ($EnablePost && !$ChangeSummary) {
        $MessagesFmt[] = "A summary is required.";
        $EnablePost = 0;
array_unshift($EditFunctions, 'RequireSummary');



Release Notes

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2006-07-19: Initial release based on Pm's post:

See Also


  • Kathryn Andersen (initial question to the mailing list)
  • Patrick R. Michaud (posting the answer)
  • Thomas "Balu" Walter (making a cookbook entry of it)


See discussion at RequireSummary-Talk?

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