VisualEditor (and possibly other beta tools) need an exposed, easy-to-use on/off switch
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One of the pain points we're seeing is that disabling VisualEditor is cumbersome. Even though there's now a user preference to disable the software, going to [[Special:Preferences]] is disruptive to user workflow.

James and I discussed the possibility of adding a switch to the user interface to enable or disable VisualEditor.

This switch might be located in the personal tools section, it might be a sidebar section, or it might be elsewhere. It should be viewable from ?action=view, ?action=edit, and ?veaction=edit.

This switch might affect only VisualEditor or it might affect all "beta" features deployed to Wikimedia wikis.

This switch will be available to both logged-in users and anonymous users.

I believe this is a high priority bug to address.

Version: wmf-deployment
Severity: major
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MZMcBride created this task.Via LegacyJul 31 2013, 9:28 PM
Jaredzimmerman-WMF added a comment.Via ConduitJul 31 2013, 11:50 PM

Hi MZMcBride, a desktop framework for beta testing features is already underway[1}, although it was originally envisioned for smaller experiments we can certainly think about the idea of leveraging it for larger pieces of functionality as well.


Aklapper added a comment.Via ConduitFeb 10 2014, 11:44 AM

BetaFeatures is in place for this now.

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