I’m very excited to announce that LiquidThreads, the next-generation discussion system that I’ve spent the last few months developing for the Wikimedia Foundation, is now in beta testing on liquidthreads.labs.wikimedia.org.

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Sample of the LiquidThreads interface

The current ad-hoc wiki-page system for discussion has reached its limits, and we’ve been developing a more structured, yet just as open, alternative.

LiquidThreads cleans up the post/reply workflow, and manages the mechanics of discussions, such as archival, history, refactoring, and quoting, freeing up user time for getting real work done. LiquidThreads also integrates per-talk-page and per-thread searching of discussions into the interface. Most interestingly, you can watch individual threads, and keep abreast of new developments in dicussions and topics you’re interested in, without having to visit every page you’re interested in on a regular basis.

I want to stress that LiquidThreads is still in active development. As such, feedback is very welcome, and essential to make sure that LiquidThreads continues to be improved, with a view of deploying it on our production sites very soon. As such, please send feature requests, bug reports, and other constructive comments to the feedback page (which is a LiquidThreads discussion page, of course).

So, head to the test wiki and give it a go yourself. Feedback should be addressed either directly to me (first initial last name at wikimedia dot org), or by filing a bug on bugzilla (but do check the list of existing bugs before doing so).

Andrew Garrett, Contract Developer