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:
Try using Talk:LiquidThreads testing. Note that you can sign in with your regular Wikipedia account here.
- 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.
- Try it in weird browsers and report display and functionality issues (with screenshots) on bugzilla.
Leave comments on Feedback, or submit bugs to bugzilla (mentioned there).
- If you want administrator rights to test deleting and undeleting threads, and what-not, ask at Wikimedia:Rights_requests.
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.