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Hasty deployment process. Hold on

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Summary by Michael Schönitzer (WMDE)

An option to opt-out does exist in the user preferences.

Abiyoyo (talkcontribs)

I will be especially grateful if the deployment process is revised according to good old Wikipedia principles: "Any changes to the software must be gradual and reversible. We need to make sure that any changes contribute positively to the community, ... in full consultation with the community consensus".

In ru-wiki we had a notice posted only two days before planned deployment without any option to object. It is anything but 'gradual deployment in full community consensus'. Please revise the deployment process to a more friendly to communities, get the feedback before deployment in a sensible manner with an appropriate time to discuss. Please hold on the deployment in ru-wiki (and maybe some other projects) and get the community feedback first.

Mike Novikoff (talkcontribs)

I second that. It is obvious that many users (in ruwiki, at the very least) will be upset about the update, they already are, and would like to opt out. So please don't deploy it yet, it should be discussed and most likely made optional.

TheDJ (talkcontribs)

Users are always upset. It's the single thing you can count on whenever a change is being made. Is there a reason why they can't bear the interface for 7 days while they vote to get it disabled ?

Mike Novikoff (talkcontribs)

Where the voting takes place?

TheDJ (talkcontribs)

Wherever you want, it's your own community.

Michael Schönitzer (WMDE) (talkcontribs)

Thank you for your feedback, we try to work as community centered as possible, doing multiple feedback rounds, user testings and a long beta phase. The extension was a beta feature for about a year, to give everyone the opportunity for feedback before the feature becomes default. We also deployed Advanced Search gradually: First on a handful of wikis to rule out any bigger blockers. Now more wikis will follow.

The feature can be very useful for new or not so tech-savvy users, which is something that feedback has shown repeatedly. But we understand that some more experienced users would prefer the previous interface. That’s why there will be an option to allow every user to disable the feature in their settings.

Mike Novikoff (talkcontribs)

Thank you for good news, it will be much less of a problem then.

Abiyoyo (talkcontribs)

Thank you very much, Michael. An option in the settings is ok for me. There would have been be less questions and bothering if the cross-wiki announce emphasized it. Thank you.