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Rogol Domedonfors (talkcontribs)

I see that the Workflows page has not been updated for about eight months. Is there any progress on this project?

Alsee (talkcontribs)

I'm also interested to know if there there are any plans to move forward on this in the foreseeable future.

For what it's worth, my impression is that this seems to be inactive with no specific plans at the moment. The 2016 Strategy Community consultation asked about interest in working on tools for the community, and the result was "medium", behind some other priorities. The final report on it is currently a redlink, but it's supposed to show up at Critical question synthesis (2016) when it's done. Presumably that will state whether these tools are or are-not planned to be an active priority this year.

Quiddity (WMF) (talkcontribs)

Hi, I've updated the page now. Thanks for the reminder and sorry for the delays in both replying and in updating. The team is currently planning some of the goals for both the upcoming quarter and year ahead, with a focus on research on and improvements to some of the edit review workflows. Workflows as a whole, is so important and so complex, that it is best to go as slowly and thoroughly as possible with the resources available. We do hope to resume work on this broader goal, when community interest increases and when resources are available. Thanks again.

Rogol Domedonfors (talkcontribs)

Thank you for that. This is of course an extremely complex question and will require a very great deal of research to scope out the very ambitious system that you ultimately want to build. The fact that only a limited amount of preliminary investigation has been done, that as far as I can tell no further research is in train, and that you are moving slowly (your word not mine) towards a limited and very partial goal suggest to me that this project is not being undertaken in a way that can possibly lead to success. Workflows based on wikitext and wikitext editor are evolving, and will evolve, faster than you can capture them at this rate. If you are not prepared to invest the time effort and money required to succeed, then I earnestly suggest that you drop the ambition now. Your current approach will consume resources for no measurable benefit.

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