Requests for comment
Requests for comment (RFCs) are a tool that MediaWiki developers and users use to propose ideas for the future of MediaWiki. The developer community strives to achieve consensus, guided by the Wikimedia Technical Committee (TechCom). Since 2015 the status of TechCom RFCs is tracked on the TechCom-RFC workboard in Phabricator.
RFCs are usually only for proposing major changes to MediaWiki core, or to extensions that are already widely used, that may represent a new precedent not covered by our architecture guidelines. If you wish to create a new MediaWiki extension, or to make a minor core change, or one that will be likely to uncontroversial, there is no need to draft an RFC for it; go ahead and file a task in phabricator, implement your change, and submit it in Gerrit for review. If you need advice on design decisions pertaining to such ideas, there are several other communication venues for making people aware of your proposal. See also planning a new extension.
If you want to propose an architectural or large change, consult the Request for comment process, then Create a new RFC on Phabricator. As of 2016, the TechCom has started to assign RFCs to shepherds (see Phab:T125865).
Some RFCs on wiki
Below is a list of RFCs that have associated documents on this wiki. Wikis are a good platform for collaboration and for writing technical documentation (a spec). The lists below are out of date; refer to the TechCom-RFC workboard in Phabricator for any RFC's current status.
Ready for discussion
RFCs with bad status
- Shouldn't happen – use a preset status
Archive of closed RFCs (either implemented or declined)