Talk pages consultation 2019In February 2019 the WMF announced a global consultation on tools for wiki communication, which ran until June 2019. See Wikipedia:Talk pages consultation 2019.
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Flow, also known as Structured Discussions, was a project of the Global Collaboration team at the Wikimedia Foundation to replace Wiki Talk pages with a discussion system which would more closely resemble common internet discussion forums. Development began in 2013, it was installed at English Wikipedia in 2014, then uninstalled in 2016 due to widespread criticism of the design and functionality. In 2019, a global community consultation resulted in a change in strategy. All new development and new deployments of Flow ended globally, to instead build reply links and other improvements for existing Talk pages.
The name comes from Workflow and Flow (psychology).
Flow was intended to provide certain features that are present on some other popular websites, but were thought not to be easy to implement in wikitext.
For example, Flow automatically:
These features were subsequently replicated for Talk pages with the Discussion Tools project.
However Flow also results in the loss of certain features within wikitext, such as:
The main goals for the Flow project were: