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Completely disable the linkrecommendation task type in the Growth module in the German Wikipedia
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A couple of weeks ago, we already requested to disable linkrecommendation for new accounts (see ). Unfortunately, we still see dozens of questionable or unsuitable links being added via this feature on a daily basis, leading to irritation, disputes and complaints in the community:

  • New links added in the last 30 days:

  • Complaints in the community:

Could you please deactivate this feature completely (option 1 in the previous ticket, "won't be available for anyone, users will see no add a link task")?


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@Tkarcher May I ask why you removed myself as the assignee of this task? I'm indeed working on this :)).

Huh? I just corrected the description, but according to the log, I also changed Prio and Subcribers?! Sorry about that, don't know how this happened.

Likely an edit conflict then! Sorry, thought it was intentional.

Urbanecm_WMF changed the subtype of this task from "Deadline" to "Task".Oct 31 2021, 9:49 PM

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2021-10-31T21:49:45Z] <urbanecm> urbanecm@mwmaint1002:~$ mwscript userOptions.php --wiki=dewiki --nowarn --touserid 3802752 --old 'linkrecommendation' --new 'control' 'growthexperiments-homepage-variant' # T294712

I reassigned everyone who was in the linkrecommendation variant to the control variant instead. This way, no one should continue to see link recommendation. Sorry about the inconvenience!

For posterity, here's a list of users reassigned: P17644, and here's a list of users with links as their only task selected: P17645 (for those users, I reset the task selections into the default, to avoid seeing "no task" screen).

@Tkarcher you need to remove the task type again from MedaiWiki:NewcomerTasks.json, like @Urbanecm_WMF did in

We don't have built in support to Special:EditGrowthConfig for disabling the task type (T294518: Add Image: Allow disabling feature via community configuration), so each time someone uses that form, the task type gets added back.

Change 736198 had a related patch set uploaded (by Urbanecm; author: Urbanecm):

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] dewiki: Set wgGEHomepageDefaultVariant to control

Change 736198 merged by jenkins-bot:

[operations/mediawiki-config@master] dewiki: Set wgGEHomepageDefaultVariant to control

Mentioned in SAL (#wikimedia-operations) [2021-11-02T10:30:10Z] <urbanecm@deploy1002> Synchronized wmf-config/InitialiseSettings.php: dbff998f40e438556345185408e495f429440a1b: dewiki: Set wgGEHomepageDefaultVariant to control (T294712) (duration: 00m 55s)

Sorry for that. As you can see in the bot's comments above, I just set the default homepage variant to control, which I missed the other day. Can you try now please?

Boldly re-closing this.