https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Help:Reference_Previews should not be enabled in ruwiki because for many years in ruwiki for all users, including unregistered, a better gadget https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Reference_Tooltips was enabled. Now new users have enabled both gadgets and their tooltips overlap one another, but unregistered users have only Reference Tooltips.
|Resolved||None||T238991 New users get both ReferenceTooltips (gadget) and ReferencePreviews (Beta feature)|
|Resolved||None||T240947 ReferencePreviews accidentally enabled for new users even if in Beta|
Is https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%92%D0%B8%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%BF%D0%B5%D0%B4%D0%B8%D1%8F:%D0%A2%D0%B5%D1%85%D0%BD%D0%B8%D1%87%D0%B5%D1%81%D0%BA%D0%B8%D0%B5_%D0%B7%D0%B0%D0%BF%D1%80%D0%BE%D1%81%D1%8B#%D0%93%D0%B0%D0%B4%D0%B6%D0%B5%D1%82%D1%8B_%D0%BF%D0%BE%D0%BA%D0%B0%D0%B7%D0%B0_%D1%81%D0%BD%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%BE%D0%BA_%D0%BD%D0%B0%D0%BA%D0%BB%D0%B0%D0%B4%D1%8B%D0%B2%D0%B0%D1%8E%D1%82%D1%81%D1%8F_%D0%BE%D0%B4%D0%B8%D0%BD_%D0%BD%D0%B0_%D0%B4%D1%80%D1%83%D0%B3%D0%BE%D0%B9 enough?
Thanks for the feedback. Looking at https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/WMDE_Technical_Wishes/ReferencePreviews it seems like there have been conversations with some communities. @MBH: Could you please share specific examples which make the gadget on ruwiki better than the beta feature?
To clarify the situation as I understand it.
- Russian Wikipedia has ReferenceTooltips gadget enabled by default for all users, including anonymous users. We never had any significant problems with this gadget (and it had been enabled by default since 2012), one of its developers is active user on ru-wiki. We are fine with it and do not need a replacement.
- Reference previews feature was requested by German Wikipedia community and since then was rolled out as beta feature on several wikis, including Russian Wikipedia, which didn't request it to be enabled.
- Reference previews beta feature is enabled by default for new users on ru-wiki. This results in not one, but two popups appearing for new users, who are understandably confused by the situation.
We request to make Reference previews strictly opt-in feature in ru-wiki and do not enable it by default for our users. If that is not possible, disable it entirely for ru-wiki, as we already have this functionality and are satisfied with it.
Ruwiki uses the same Reference Tooltips gadget as enwiki. I've made the last big update to it in both wikis. The beta feature has several shortcomings some of which are critical to many users. I and other users have pointed some of them out on the project talk page.
I don't quite understand how come that the beta feature gets switched on for new users (does it mean that newly registered users get all beta features switched on?). I'm not even sure it's an intended behaviour. I support the request to disable such behaviour if it is confirmed.
@MBH: Could you please share specific examples which make the gadget on ruwiki better than the beta feature?
@Aklapper Several reasons pointed on https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:WMDE_Technical_Wishes/ReferencePreviews#We_already_have_Reference_Tooltips (thanks Jack for this link). But I filed this task primarily not because of "gadget is better than beta feature", but because of 1) ruwiki has enabled gadget for all users and everyone likes it, 2) so, beta feature is not needed, 3) new users get enabled both gadget and beta feature, but unregistered users has only gadget, so, if we turn off the gadget instead of beta feature, unregistered users will lose reference previews at all.
People should’ve removed ‘Stalled’ status. ReferencePreviews team enabled their beta feature to everyone without asking the community about anything, with a situation where two conflicting tools get shown to users with ReferencePreviews overflowing ReferenceTooltips. This is unacceptable in itself and needs to be fixed as soon as possible, without figuring out which version is better than the other.
This is, also, specifically what the devs wanted to avoid in T234204, so what exactly happened?
ReferencePreviews team enabled their beta feature to everyone without asking the community about anything
@stjn: No. There is a setting called "Automatically enable all new beta features"/"Автоматически включать все новые бета-функции" on https://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/Служебная:Настройки#mw-prefsection-betafeatures . If you state that this setting was not activated by a user and the user still got the ReferencePreviews beta feature, then this would be a bug in BetaFeatures but not the fault of the ReferencePreviews team. Please see https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Bug_management/Phabricator_etiquette : "Criticize ideas, not people." Thanks.
Thanks for the bug report! I'm increasing the priority—we've been under the impression that the conflict between the Reference Tooltips gadget and Reference Previews is acceptable for a short while, because users shouldn't see Reference Previews unless they've enabled the beta feature. However, this bug shows otherwise.
I don't have an answer about why our beta preference behaves differently from the others, but the file to look at is https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/diffusion/EPOP/browse/master/includes/PopupsHooks.php . I also don't have a suggestion for a quick workaround, the beta feature is supposed to protect us from exactly this sort of situation in which new users are inconvenienced, so unfortunately the only remedy would be to disable the beta feature entirely. I expect that we (WMDE Technical Wishes) can do something about the bug within the month, we'll give an update soon.
@MBH Fair question. In a nutshell this seems to be the wiki product lifecycle. Experimental .js hacks become gadgets to make them easier to share among users. Gadgets might become an extension in order to make them more maintainable, performant, usable across wikis…
Here's the long story: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Technische_W%C3%BCnsche/Topw%C3%BCnsche/Vorschau_von_Einzelnachweisen_im_Artikeltext . We do understand that there's already a gadget and that some people will have a strong preference towards the gadget, it's fine to keep that question open of course, but probably better if we did that somewhere other than this task in order to keep energy focused on fixing the immediate problem.
As far as I understand this was really just a mistake in the Reference Previews code. New users accidentally got the Beta feature enabled.
The discussion shows again why it's much better to just describe the issue (e.g. "new users see two popups"), instead of proposing a solution (here: requesting to kill a feature on a specific wiki). That made it exceptionally hard to understand the underlying issue. Thanks a lot for considering this in the future!