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Create deployment plan for scaling New Topic Tool as opt-out at all projects
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This task represents the work with developing the plan for scaling the New Discussion Tool as an opt-out setting at all projects.

Deployment phases

Below are the phases in which we *plan* to offer the New Discussion Tool as an opt-out feature at all projects. As with all deployments, this plan could change depending on what emerges in the conversations with volunteers at these projects.

PhaseProjectsDeployment ticket
Phase 1Wikipedias: Arabic and Czech (T280390)T285724
Phase 2Wikipedias that participated in the A/B test (list in T281533)T307410
Phase 3Remaining small-to-medium Wikipedias, plus all single-language non-Wikipedias (e.g., the Wikiquotes and Wikivoyages) – not enwiki, dewiki, ruwiki, fiwikiT309368
Phase 4All multi-lingual projects (e.g., Commons and Wikidata). (Result: all WMF-hosted wikis except enwiki, dewiki, ruwiki, fiwikiT310392
Phase 5English WikipediaT311023
Phase 6German Wikipedia (Result: all WMF-hosted wikis except ruwiki, fiwiki)ticket needed

Note: As of 24 May 2022, the Finnish and Russian-language Wikipedias still don't have the [reply] tool, so they can't have the New Topic tool yet.


  • Before the New Discussion Tool can be offered as an opt-out setting at a project, the Reply Tool must first be made available as an opt-out setting.


  • This should generally happen two or three weeks after the Reply tool is made available as an opt-out setting at that wiki.
    • One purpose for this sequence is to allow editors additional time to report problems. If problems are reported, then the PM can delay the deployment for any affected wikis.


  • In Tech/News before Phase 3
  • Messages need to include a link [[Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-editing-discussion]]
  • Additional message to largest wikis, either sometime in the days before, or immediately after, the deployment happens


  • A plan is documented on this ticket that lists all Wikimedia wikis in a phased deployment sequence

Event Timeline

Update on timing: Phase 1 and 2 are done. Phase 3 will probably happen the first week of June. From there, deployments could proceed at a rate of one deployment per week.

The New Topic Tool, unlike the [reply] button, has a built-in opt-out button. This makes it very easy for editors to switch back to the regular editing form if they prefer that. Additionally, editors can opt in/out at any time via Special:Preferences.

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ppelberg renamed this task from Create deployment plan for scaling New Discussion Tool as opt-out at all projects to Create deployment plan for scaling New Topic Tool as opt-out at all projects.Mon, Jul 25, 3:48 AM