Comment threading on Mediawiki

November 26th, 2009 by Laura Leave a reply »

This came up in a discussion on #wiki on irc.freenode.net and as one of the developers is actively looking for feedback, I thought I would cross post the details here so you can learn more about it and if interested, find out where it is installed and how to beta test it:

Testing LiquidThreads

Try using Talk:LiquidThreads testing. Note that you can sign in with your regular Wikipedia account here.

Basic tasks:

  • Post a discussion
  • Respond to somebody else’s posts.
  • Edit somebody else’s comment.
  • Move the discussion to a new page.
  • Split discussions into pieces.
  • Stitch them back together again.
  • Summarize threads.
  • Watch threads, and wait for notifications on the replies.

Other testing:

  • Try it in weird browsers and report display and functionality issues (with screenshots) on bugzilla.

Feedback

Leave comments on Feedback, or submit bugs to bugzilla (mentioned there).

Miscellaneous

About LiquidThreads

LiquidThreads replaces discussion pages with actual forums, giving the following benefits:

  • A clear, simplified post/reply workflow so new users can jump right into the discussion.
  • Simple management of threads, including automation of archival, refactoring, and other tasks currently undertaken by bots and humans.
  • A powerful, flexible notification system, allowing users to keep abreast of developments in areas in which they are interested, ranging from entire discussion pages to discussion fragments.
  • Support for following discussion pages with RSS feeds.
  • Flexible post ordering, allowing users to keep track of which threads on a talk page are dead, and which threads are active.
  • A modern, AJAX-based interface, that allows users to quickly post and reply to other posts, without clumsy page loading.
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  • Comment threading: a very cool idea.

    On the MediaWikis I knew, I had to type so many colons to indent the comments.

  • Yeah. I kind of like the idea for that. Liquid Threads looks totally awesome. It just sort of becomes an issue of how that is implemented on specific wikis. Does it replace traditional talk pages? Or is it set up as a separate almost stand alone forum system?

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