Hi everyone,

I'm happy to announce that the Community Tech team's Community Wishlist
Survey has concluded, and we're able to announce the top 10 wishes!

634 people participated in the survey, where they proposed, discussed and
voted on 107 ideas. There was a two-week period in November to submit and
endorse proposals, followed by two weeks of voting. The top 10 proposals
with the most support votes now become the Community Tech team's backlog of
projects to evaluate and address.

And here's the top 10:

#1. Migrate dead links to the Wayback Machine  (111 support votes)
#2. Improved diff compare screen  (104)
#3. Central global repository for templates, gadgets and Lua modules  (87)
#4. Cross-wiki watchlist  (84)
#4. Numerical sorting in categories  (84)
#6. Allow categories in Commons in all languages  (78)
#7. Pageview Stats tool  (70)
#8. Global cross-wiki user talk page  (66)
#9. Improve the "copy and paste detection" bot  (63)
#10. Add a user watchlist  (62)

You can see the whole list here, with links to all the proposals and
Phabricator tickets:

So what happens now?

Over the next couple weeks, Community Tech will do a preliminary assessment
on the top 10, and start figuring out what's involved. We need to have a
clear definition of the problem and proposed solution, and begin to
understand the technical, design and community challenges for each one.

Some wishes in the top 10 seem relatively straightforward, and we'll be
able to dig in and start working on them in the new year. Some wishes are
going to need a lot of investigation and discussion with other developers,
product teams, designers and community members. There may be some that are
just too big or too hard to do at all.

Our analysis will look at the following factors:

* SUPPORT: Overall support for the proposal, including the discussions on
the survey page. This will take the neutral and oppose votes into account.
Some of these ideas also have a rich history of discussions on-wiki and in
bug tickets. For some wishes, we'll need more community discussion to help
define the problem and agree on proposed solutions.

* FEASIBILITY: How much work is involved, including existing blockers and

* IMPACT: Evaluating how many projects and contributors will benefit,
whether it's a long-lasting solution or a temporary fix, and the
improvement in contributors' overall productivity and happiness.

* RISK: Potential drawbacks, conflicts with other developers' work, and
negative effects on any group of contributors.

Our plan for 2016 is to complete as many of the top 10 wishes as we can.
For the wishes in the top 10 that we can't complete, we're responsible for
investigating them fully and reporting back on the analysis.

So there's going to be a series of checkpoints through the year, where
we'll present the current status of the top 10 wishes. The first will be at
the Wikimedia Developer Summit in the first week of January. We're planning
to talk about the preliminary assessment there, and then share it more

If you're eager to follow the whole process as we go along, we'll be
documenting and keeping notes in two places:

On Meta: 2015 Community Wishlist Survey/Top 10:

On Phabricator: Community Wishlist Survey board:

Finally: What about the other 97 proposals?

There were a lot of good and important proposals that didn't happen to get
quite as many support votes, and I'm sure everybody has at least one that
they were rooting for. Again, the whole list is here:


We're going to talk with the other Wikimedia product teams, to see if they
can take on some of the ideas the the community has expressed interest in.
We're also going to work with the Developer Relations team to see if some
of these could be taken on by volunteer developers.

It's also possible that Community Tech could take on a small-scale,
well-defined proposal below the top 10, if it doesn't interfere with our
commitments to the top 10 wishes.

So there's lots of work to be done, and hooray, we have a whole year to do
it. If this process turns out to be a success, then we plan to do another
survey at the end of 2016, to give more people a chance to participate, and
bring more great ideas.

For everybody who proposed, endorsed, discussed, debated and voted in the
survey, as well as everyone who said nice things to us recently: thank you
very much for coming out and supporting live feature development. We're
excited about the work ahead of us.

We'd also like to thank Wikimedia Deutschland's Technischer Communitybedarf
team -- they came up with this whole survey process, and they've been
working successfully on lots of community wishes since their first survey
in 2013.

You can watch this page for further Community Tech announcements:


Danny Horn
Product Manager, WMF Community Tech
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