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The Contributors team of the Wikimedia Foundation's Audiences department works on extending and improving the editing tools used at Wikimedia – Editing tools, Collaboration tools, Language tools for translation, content and communication, and Parsing and other infrastructure. We exist to support new and existing editors alike across desktop, tablet, and phone platforms.

Progress on the annual plan[edit]

Annual Program, Outcome Annual Objective Current work Dependency Status
3: Increase device support for editing Improve and consolidate our unified editing platform so that it's great on all devices We're working to complete the conversion of CX editing surface to use VE platform.

We've enabled non-JavaScript editing on mobile devices on one wiki, and plan to do the rest soon.

We're going to roll out a second beta of the VE wikitext edit mode, and remove the 2006 wikitext editor entirely.

Community Liaisons In progress In progress
In emerging communities, engagement and number of participants increases, and the proportion of mobile contributions continues its strong growth. Invest in our future by researching a radically better multi-lingual content system (both reading and editing), compatible across all devices No active work planned right now.
Collaborate with Reading to create new mechanisms by which to contribute edits with lower context or in small ways on mobile devices TBD Community Liaisons


To do To do
Maintain editing technologies with very high up-time for all our users. Reduce product and technical debt to modernise our tools and technologies, and to make future changes more effective and efficient On-going maintenance. Community Liaisons and Tech/News volunteers In progress In progress
Modernise user interface technologies to encompass mobile and desktop platforms, with continued work on the Wikimedia-wide adoption of a standard Web user interface library We've rolled out the converted OOjs UI buttons in the 2010 desktop wikitext editor all wikis.

We plan to convert the desktop Special:Preferences to use OOjs UI, and explore options for providing said page on mobile. 

Community Liaisons


In progress In progress
Support work towards unifying MediaWiki's parser implementations, in liaison with Technology's MediaWiki team We're pursuing work to switch from Tidy to RemexHtml in Wikimedia production, with announcements and the ParserMigration and Linter tools to support community members fixing issues, which we are monitoring.

We will continue the parser output compatibility improvements. Support for multi-script wikis (like Chinese) nears initial completion for reading; support for editing is underway.

We've paused our work on providing a system to balance templates, due to competing concerns, and on reducing the bandwidth demands of read-mode pages by moving data-mw out of inline HTML.

Community Liaisons

MediaWiki team

In progress In progress
4: New editor success Expand and deepen our understanding of the experiences of new editors in emerging communities based on generative research We will produce a prioritised list of possible interventions based on the New Editor Experiences project and generative research for wider discussion and then selection, once that project wraps up. Community Liaisons

Audience Design

To do To do
In emerging communities, increase the retention of new editors, and the quality of their contributions. Improve, adjust, or create features geared at the needs identified in the research project. The features will be chosen based on research outcomes, but likely will be aimed at the following:
  • Providing better contextual guidance to new users facing social or technical obstacles during the editing process (such as a perceived lack of permission to edit, a lack of understanding of citations and linking, or a desire for real-time assistance)
  • Better supporting existing editors in mentoring and nurturing new users (such as by improving communications, helping identify good-faith newcomers, or helping new users express their interests and needs)
No active work planned right now.
5: Increase current editor retention and engagement Develop a deeper understanding of how communities share, surface, and select contribution tasks on their wikis by researching community-built systems, especially focused on larger wikis  No active work planned right now.
Recommend where new and tenured users can contribute Improve, adjust, or create features geared at the needs identified in our research. The features will be decided upon based on the findings, but will likely be aimed at the following:
  • Supporting users by surfacing recommendations with community-wide contribution tasks, such as in a dashboard
  • Provide users with recommendations for contribution tasks personalised to their activity and interests
No active work planned right now.
Give better ways to monitor contributions Apply the new recent changes filters technology with Machine Learning to other contexts like watchlists and history pages We are working to be able to roll out the recent changes filters to all users on all wikis, and to make it possible to use the filters on users' watchlist.

We're continuing to support any new wikis taking on use of ORES.

We are improving our tool giving users visual diffs inside the visual editor. This lets editors see the changes they and others have made without needing to know the intricacies of wikitext, augmenting the current two-column wikitext diff interface. We're making improvements we've identified.

A very early version of providing the visual diffs on diff pages is currently undergoing initial testing, letting users choose which diffs in any context.

Community Liaisons In progress In progress
Improve the productivity of tenured editors through fixing long-standing issues with change-monitoring tools, in collaboration with Community Tech TBD Community Liaisons

Community Tech

To do To do
Provide better workflow and communication experiences Evaluate initial opportunities for improving common workflows, consolidating and updating all the existing research on on-wiki behaviors No active work planned right now.
Improve structured discussion features for the communities that use them, based on user feedback and prioritising technical debt We have begun our triage of the list of planned changes to Structured Discussions, sequencing them for they year, and plan to begin work on at least one of them. Community Liaisons In progress In progress


Discussion about major things happens on the ​wikitech-l mailing list. For specific IRC channels, see the team subpages linked above.

See also[edit]

Quarterly check-in notes and slides
Fiscal year Jul–Sep








FY2016–17 Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides To come
FY2015–16 Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides
FY2014–15 Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides
FY2013–14 Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides
FY2012–13 Minutes; Slides Minutes; Slides

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