2017 Community Wishlist Survey/Miscellaneous/Fix talk pages

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  • Problem: Wikipedia contributors without Mediawiki experience are irritated by the (lack of) a proper user interface talk pages.
  • Who would benefit: All contributors taking part in discussions.
  • Proposed solution: For example, there should be buttons to add a reply to an existing topic or to add a new topic. The structure (currently achieved through indentation) as well as the name of the user and the date of the contribution should be handled automatically.
  • More comments: The current talk page format follows the wiki philosophy, but when we want constructive discussions, this seems like romantic fundamentalism. Let's make discussions more approachable for everyone.
  • Phabricator tickets:


  • How would this differ from the existing Structured Discussions extension (formerly known as "Flow")? Anomie (talk) 14:53, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
    • It probably wouldn't, although there may be other solutions to the talk page problem. I really want talk pages fixed as soon as possible, therefore I strongly support this wish. --Gnom (talk) Let's make Wikipedia green! 08:57, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
    • To be honest, I didn't know about Structured Discussion. The project does include my proposal, but adds a number of features. Looks quite ambitious to me. Should it be realized as planned - fine. Then I see, it was removed from en-WP one year ago: mw:Structured_Discussions/Rollout#Rollout. Maybe because it was too .. ambitious? --Bernd.Brincken (talk) 12:29, 18 November 2017 (UTC)