Talk pages project/Feature summary

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The Editing Team is building a new talk page feature in 2020. These features are a part of Talk pages project . The goal is to help editors, across experience levels, communicate more efficiently on wiki.

This project is the result of the Talk pages consultation 2019 , a five-month-long consultation in which volunteers from at least 20 wikis and staff from the Foundation defined a product direction for building better tools for on-wiki communication.

The features the Editing Team has built as part of this project are listed here and described in more detail below.

  • Reply Tool - a tool for replying to comments inline. The tool automatically signs and indents comments and offers a quick way for pinging other users.
  • New Discussion Tool - a tool for starting new sections inline. The tool will automatically add your signature, and like the Reply Tool, offer a quick way for pinging other people.

Reply Tool[edit]

A screenshot showing the Reply tool's visual mode.
A screenshot showing the Reply tool's wikitext source mode and advanced options.

The new Reply Tool automatically signs and indents wikitext talk page comments and offers a quick way for pinging other users.

The tool works like some existing user scripts.[1][2] First, it detects user signatures and timestamps on the page, and then it adds a [ reply ] link next to them. When you click the [ reply ] link, you see a box to type your reply into.

To learn more about the Reply Tool or share your feedback about it, visit Talk pages project/replying .

Features[edit]

  • You can switch between visual and wikitext source editing modes.
  • In the wikitext source mode, a live preview shows what your message will look like once it is posted to the talk page.
  • In the visual mode, you can use keyboard shortcuts to make links, to ping other people, and to add character formatting.

Development[edit]

As of early 2021, the Reply Tool is available as a Beta Feature at most Wikipedias and some other wikis. It is deployed to all editors at the Arabic, Czech, and Hungarian Wikipedias. More information about the tool's deployment status can be found here: Deployment status

New Discussion Tool[edit]

The New Discussion Tool has separate places to type the subject and body of your message.

The New Discussion Tool makes it easier to start a new section on a talk page. Similar to the Reply tool, it automatically signs your message. You can write your edit in both visual and wikitext modes.

To learn more about what is planned and to follow its development, visit Talk pages project/New discussion .

New Discussion features[edit]

  • You can switch between Visual and wikitext Source editing modes.
  • In the wikitext Source mode, a live preview shows what your message will look like once it is posted to the talk page.
  • In the Visual mode, you can use keyboard shortcuts to make links, to ping other people, and to add character formatting.

Topic subscriptions[edit]

This feature adds a [subscribe] link at the end of the section heading.

The topic subscriptions feature allows you to subscribe to a ==Level 2 section== on a talk page. After you subscribe, you will receive Notifications of any subsequent comments posted in that section.