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create 'kill switch' for wikidata descriptions on mobile web
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Pushing wikidata descriptions on wikipedia to stable on mobile web has raised concerns in the past wrt to potential vandalism. There should be a way that we can turn off the feature or prevent it from being seen by readers without waiting for a patch to be merged along normal ~7 day timelines.

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JKatzWMF created this task.Feb 19 2016, 4:46 PM
Jdlrobson closed this task as Resolved.Feb 22 2016, 5:24 PM

This exists. Simply set wgMFUseWikibaseDescription = false.
Note this won't kill the descriptions instantly on cached HTML (anonymous users only), so it's not an instant kill switch but instant for pages that are being edited which is the best we can do.