Hey all,

As many of you know, the Timeless skin was deployed for testing across all Wikimedia projects in late November last year. I submitted a Project Grant proposal at the time seeking funding to more actively support for this deployment as well as enable further development based on user feedback and the bugs that have been coming up in practice, but the proposal was ultimately vetoed in the late stages due to objections from WMF staff.

It is my understanding that these objections have since been withdrawn, and based on what happened, I have been recommended by relevant WMF staff to resubmit the proposal in the subsequent, now current, round of Project Grants. I have done this, and would like to invite anyone interested in this project to comment (again, even) on the current proposal, or ask any questions you might have on the talkpage. The current proposal can be found here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Project/Isarra/Timeless:_Post-deployment_support

As for some general background:

If you don't know me, I'm Isarra, a volunteer MediaWiki developer and designer, and a previous WMF grantee on another project, WikiProject X. I originally created the Timeless skin itself as a volunteer project for a Wikimedia Tech Talk in 2015; after that the skin just sort of sat there being ignored for the better part of 2016, and then Paladox found it, filed a bug saying it should be deployed to Wikimedia, and it turned out a lot of people agreed with him and we spent most of 2017 pushing it through various processes, reviews, and fixes to be deployed (https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T154371).

If you haven't and would like to try out Timeless, you can enable it in your preferences under Appearance > Skin, or just add ?useskin=timeless to the end of most page URLs to see what that page looks like in Timeless.



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