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Deploy config change to scale New Discussion Tool's availability as a beta feature
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Description

This task is about deploying the config change(s) necessary to make the New Discussion Tool available to people at the Wikipedias listed below via the Discussion tools Beta Feature.

Deployment timing

Provisional deployment date: WEDNESDAY, 10-MARCH-2021.

We will finalize this date once T275828 is resolved.

Projects

As part of this deployment, the New Discussion Tool should be made available as a beta feature at:

  • All Wikipedias and EXCEPT those listed in the table listed below
  • All non-Wikipedias that already have the Reply Tool enabled
NumberWikiCodeNotes
1.English Wikipediaen.wikiThis will likely happen as part of T273146.
2.Russian Wikipediaru.wikiThis will likely happen as part of T276493.
3.German Wikipediade.wikiThis will likely happen as part of T276494.

Open questions

  • What projects should the New Discussion Tool be made available as a Beta Feature as part of this deployment?
    • The answer to this question depends on knowing when the Reply Tool A/B test (T252057) will finish. Reason: in order to isolate the impact of the Reply Tool on peoples' behavior, we'd like to minimize the likelihood of changes to other parts of their talk page editing experiences. <-- On 3-March-2020, @MNeisler shared we have enough data to begin the Reply Tool A/B test analysis. As such, the wikis that participated in the test *can* be included in this deployment of the New Discussion Tool. The === Project section above has been updated to reflect this.

Done

  • All "Open questions" are answered
  • The deployment date is documented in the ===Deployment timing section above
  • People at the projects listed above who have the Discussion tools Beta Feature enabled are able to use the New Discussion Tool.

Event Timeline

25-Feb update
Yesterday, @MNeisler and I came to agree that to isolate the impact of the Reply Tool on peoples' behavior, we'd like to minimize the likelihood of changes to other parts of their talk page editing experiences.

As such, if the Reply Tool A/B test has not finished by the time we are ready to offer the New Discussion Tool as a beta feature at more projects, we will exclude the 22 Wikipedias participating in the Reply Tool A/B test [i] from this deployment.

Note: I've represented the above in the task description.


i. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Talk_pages_project#Active_initiatives

ppelberg added subscribers: Esanders, matmarex.

META
Updated task description with the following:

  • Deployment timing
  • Wikis that should be impacted by this deployment

cc @matmarex @Esanders

Change 669893 had a related patch set uploaded (by Bartosz Dziewoński; owner: Bartosz Dziewoński):
[operations/mediawiki-config@master] Enable DiscussionTools' beta feature for newtopictool on most wikis

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/669893

As discussed during today's team standup, non-Wikipedia projects that already have the Reply Tool enabled should be INCLUDED in Wednesday's, 10-March, deployment.

cc @matmarex

Noted: the task description has been updated to include the above.

Change 669893 merged by jenkins-bot:
[operations/mediawiki-config@master] Enable DiscussionTools' beta feature for newtopictool on most wikis

https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/669893

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2021-03-10T19:25:29Z] <urbanecm@deploy1002> Synchronized wmf-config/InitialiseSettings.php: 5093618d5069dd287a4f33c1d49b5e5c8a05a13c: Enable DiscussionTools beta feature for newtopictool on most wikis (T275827) (duration: 01m 08s)