WMDE Technical Wishes/Templates

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Make working with templates easier[edit]

How can working with templates become easier? That's the question the Technical Wishes team at Wikimedia Germany will focus on for two years. This focus was set by the 2019 Technical Wishes Survey on German Wikipedia.

The team sets out to find solutions for different problems that people on the wikis encounter when they work with templates. Improving individual templates is not part of the project. Instead, it's about finding concepts that generally make it easier to work with templates.

Usability testing: Volunteers needed[edit]

Based on the feedback we received on the published prototypes, early stage improvements were developed. To ensure these proposed features make working with templates easier, we would like to get more feedback by conducting usability tests.

We are looking for users with a wide range of experience, from users who write and maintain templates and TemplateData (in JSON or with the TemplateData editor), to those who exclusively use the Visual Editor for their editing.

If you would like to try out these new features and share your thoughts, please contact us and share a bit about your editing background and experience level by filling in this form. The usability testing itself would be a 45-60 min commitment, ideally scheduled in mid-end October.


Prototypes for Discussion[edit]


Based on the research results, feedback on the prototypes, interviews with Wikipedians and further input from the communities, we start the first projects in September 2020.

Project Status
Bracket Matching in developement
Further projects will be added here step by step…

Status and next Steps[edit]

The status of the work in this thematic focus is always visible on this page. Furthermore, important milestones are also communicated to a broader audience. As always, work on this topic will be carried out in close cooperation with the German-speaking communities.

  • Yes check.svg Done Research of problem areas
  • Yes check.svg Done First ideas for solutions are presented. Feedback is wanted.
  • September 2020: Start of development work

What are your experiences with templates?[edit]

How do you currently work with templates, which problems do you encounter – or why don't you use templates? We're inviting everyone to share their experiences, no special expertise is needed.

There are different ways to do this:

  • If you're up to take part in a remote interview with our UX team, please fill out this form. This will add you to a list of people potentially interested in interviews. Of course you can be removed from the list at any time if you wish so.
  • If you prefer writing your experiences down, please do so on this talk page. The more descriptive, the better.


As always, feedback is very welcome. The best place for it is the talk page.