WMDE Technical Wishes

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Welcome to the Technical Wishes Project!
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WMDE's Technical Wishes Project is an approach to identify and prioritize technical requirements from diverse users in a collaborative way.

The Technical Wishes team aims to:

  • focus on building new and improved features in MediaWiki
  • serve diverse users across wikis
  • work problem-oriented instead of solution-oriented

If you are interested in technical details, please visit the project in Phabricator or read our white paper "Building tools for diverse users. Lessons learned from the Technical Wishes project".

Current projects


Book referencing
Making it easier to reference multiple sections from the same work in an article without naming the whole work for each reference.


Make working with templates easier
How can working with templates generally become easier?


Gendered categories
Show correctly gendered category names on biographical articles.

Watchlist Expiry
This project is about an option to watch pages only a limited amount of time. The development is currently on hold.


Finding a solution that prevents users from losing the reading position when checking out a reference.
Two Column Edit Conflict View
The Two Column Edit Conflict View aims to improve the current interface to resolve edit conflicts.
With the FileImporter, locally stored files can be moved to Wikimedia Commons including the correct version history.


The RevisionSlider adds a slider to the diff view, so that you easily can navigate between the revisions. As of May 17, 2017, RevisionSlider is a default feature on all wikis.
Show text changes in moved text paragraphs
This project is about making changes within paragraphs visible in the wikitext on the diff page.
Advanced Search
The Advanced Search extension is making hidden existing search options accessible for everyone.
Footnote Highlighting
If a footnote is referenced multiple times, highlight the link in the footnote section that brings you back to your original reading position.
A confirmation prompt that prevents users from accidentally clicking the rollback instead of the thank you link.
See more
Overview on the projects shipped in 2016 and 2017.
More info
Learn more about the Technical Wishes Project: How it all started and the way we work.
Meet us
Each Wednesday, 4 pm UTC at the Technical Advice IRC Meeting on #wikimedia-tech.
The Technical Advice IRC Meeting is an offer for all volunteer developers: If you get stuck with your project, need feedback or want to know who the best contact for your issue is: Join us on IRC each Wednesday!