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MediaWiki – Software moving towards the future (Part 3 of 3): Communication, Wikidata, Translation

Communication and notification – the end of the classical discussion pages

Another MediaWiki construction site is delivering good news: The MediaWiki Communication System. This concerns the discussion pages. These will soon disappear, in the form we know them now. More precisely: The discussions pages will fundamentally change and merge with the notification system.

The reconstruction of the MediaWiki communications system will take place through two new extensions:

  • Echo allows the individual following of changes, gives an overview of the whole system and is a framework for a variety of communication services. Echo is already in Wikipedia as a new notification system.
  • Flow makes discussion easier. One can more easily follow discussion processes; answers are shown via Echo. And much more. The aim of these developments is to build up a modern discussion and collaboration system for all Wikimedia projects. An interactive prototype is already online.
The Flow prototype
The Flow prototype

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