Commons:Talk pages consultation 2019

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On 21 February 2019, the WMF informed various Wikimedia projects of the 2019 talk pages consultation.

The Talk pages consultation is a global consultation planned from February to June 2019, to bring Wikimedians and wiki-minded people together to define better tools for wiki communication. The consultation will seek input from as many different parts of the Wikimedia community as possible – on multiple projects, in multiple languages, and with multiple perspectives – to come up with a product direction for a set of communication features that a product team will be able to work on in the coming fiscal year.

In this stage of the consultation, the WMF suggests asking community members five questions. There are therefore five subsections for each of those questions (under § Suggested questions). It may also be appropriate for other issues to be considered on this page, in separate subsections (under § Other topics). Jc86035 (talk) 14:50, 28 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Process information


To allow for different types of Wikimedians to share their thoughts, we want everyone to be able to talk about wiki discussion systems in their primary language in an environment where they feel comfortable.

Wikimedia Commons at large is currently signed up as one "participant group" at mw:Talk pages consultation 2019/Participant group sign-up. WikiProjects, off-wiki groups and the like are also encouraged by the WMF to conduct their own discussions.

At the end of the discussion, one or more users are to summarize (i.e. formally close) the discussion and post the summary to mw:Talk:Talk pages consultation 2019. Since the WMF prefers that at least one primary contact be available, if you are interested in closing the discussion and will be able to do so, please add your signature to the next subsection. It may be appropriate for only administrators (or only experienced users) to close the discussion. Jc86035 (talk) 14:50, 28 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Users interested in closing the discussion


Suggested questions


When you want to discuss a topic with your community, what tools work for you, and what problems block you?

  • No one's said anything yet, so I'll start. Outside of the community processes (Commons:DR, etc.), I usually use talk pages and the village pumps. Talk pages (which are mostly conducted in English) work well, at least for me. Sometimes a problem is that not enough experienced users contribute to discussions (so discussions can take a long time to conclude). Jc86035 (talk) 14:05, 1 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

What about talk pages works for newcomers, and what blocks them?


What do others struggle with in your community about talk pages?

  • I often encounter indentation issues. Commons users often primarily edit on other projects, so it's basically inevitable that indentation styles clash. The issues are exacerbated by users not knowing how to not break indentation (as well as the aforementioned issues with using list formatting for indentation). Jc86035 (talk) 14:10, 1 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

What do you wish you could do on talk pages, but can't due to the technical limitations?


What are the important aspects of a "wiki discussion"?


Other discussions


Before adding a new subsection, please check that the purpose of the section is not to address one of the non-goals. To create a new subsection, add a level 3 header, with your comments and signature below it, at the bottom of the page. Due to the open-ended nature of the consultation, subsections may be structured in any format, including (but not limited to) open discussion, support/oppose survey, and multiple choice survey.