Some talk pages are filled with a large amount of activity.
On these pages, a single discussion can span the height of a person's full desktop/laptop computer screen[i][ii][iii], making it difficult for them to see what other topics are being discussed on a given page without having to do a significant amount of scrolling.
As someone who uses Wikipedia on a desktop device and encounters talk pages with large amounts of activity while reading and/or contributing to Wikipedia, I want to be able to decide to have talk page discussions (read: sections) collapsed by default, so that I can more easily see and understand all of the topics being discussed on a given page.
Prospective designs can be found in F34957121.
- @Esanders wrote a proof of concept implementation for section collapsing on talk pages on desktop in https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/c/mediawiki/extensions/DiscussionTools/+/647717/6
- @Klein raised this idea on mediawiki.org here