Community Wishlist Survey

The Community Wishlist Survey is an annual survey run by the Wikimedia Foundation's Community Tech team. The Community Tech team is focused on meeting the needs of active Wikimedia editors for improved, expert-focused curation and moderation tools. The creation of the Community Tech team is a direct outcome of requests from core contributors for improved support for moderation tools, bots, and the other features that help the Wikimedia projects succeed.

Like Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (Q209515), the Wishlist makes Wikimedia community wishes come true!

In November, 2015, Community Tech conducted the first cross-project Community Wishlist Survey, to help identify the features and fixes that are most important to Wikimedia editors. We invited contributors from all Wikimedia projects to submit proposals for the Community Tech team. After two weeks of collecting proposals, we asked them to vote on the proposals they were most interested in. The process has been repeated every year since.

Current projectsEdit

Projects Project status
Copy and paste from diffs
   Done
(Un)delete associated talk page
   In development
Warn when linking to disambiguation pages
   In development
Real Time Preview for Wikitext
   In development
Bibliographic bot for Wikidata
Declined

See also: Community Wishlist Survey 2021 · 2021 results

UpdatesEdit

November 8, 2021: Warn when linking to disambiguation pagesEdit

We have an update about the wish. We have finished user tests. Read more

November 2, 2021: Real Time Preview for WikitextEdit

Thank you for your comments on the talk page, as well as the latest "Talk to Us" video call. Also, we have conducted usability testing. We are sharing the most important findings. Read more


October 19, 2021: Declining the Bibliographic Bot WishEdit

Wish Title: Bibliographic Bot

Phabricator Ticket for Investigation

Wish Rank: #14

Reason Summary: Scope of work too large, not enough votes.

We have decided to decline this project. We did this after careful consideration and multiple rounds of feedback within the team and conversations with other teams at WMF and affiliates.

Rationale: First, the engineers and designers investigated the scope of work defined in the problem statement of the wish (T243150). We have determined that the work alone far exceeds our initial estimation of it.

This wish scored very high in our prioritization process because at a glance, it seemed straightforward to duplicate the Citoid behavior inside of Wikidata. We assumed that it involved a low complexity from a technical and design perspective because we could reuse the code and designs. However, citations in Wikidata must be linked as references to other objects in the database. This significantly increases the complexity.

This wish did not score the top 10 most popular wishes. It came in at #14. We were wrong about the initial estimation. In fact the work for this wish was worked on by Wikidata/Wikimedia Deutschland for multiple months. The final solution was too complex to complete given the resources available at the time. This would take the Community Tech team multiple months to complete, and there are other wishes that were more popular that we will work on instead.

August 20, 2021: The 2022 Community Wishlist Survey will happen in JanuaryEdit

We will be running the Community Wishlist Survey 2022 in January 2022. We need more time to work on the 2021 wishes. We also need time to prepare some changes to the Wishlist 2022. In the meantime, you can use a dedicated sandbox to leave early ideas for the 2022 wishes. Read more


Past editions and projectsEdit

Edition Results Projects Project status
2020 2020 results Ebook Export Improvement
   Done
OCR Improvements
   Done
Migrate Wikisource specific edit tools from gadgets to Wikisource extension
   Done
Inter-language link support via Wikidata
   Done
Insert attestation using Wikisource as a corpus
2019 2019 results Page Curation and New Pages Feed improvements
   Done
Night mode
  Not done
Password Reset Update
   Done
E-Book Export Reliability
   Done
VisualEditor: Allow references to be named
  Not done
Put mw.toolbar back
  Not done
Watchlist Expiry
   Done
Article reminders
  Not done
Section Name in Diff
   Done
2FA available for all concerned editors
  Not done
2017 2017 results Map improvements
   Done
Ping users from the edit summary
   Done
Event Metrics
   Done
Who Wrote That tool
   Done
Template wizard
   Done
Deploy Article Alerts to other languages
  Not done
Auto-save edits
   Done
Thanks notification for log entries
   Done
SVG translation
   Done
Commons deletion notification bot
   Done
2016 2016 results Global gadgets
  Not done
Edit summary length for non-Latin languages
   Done
Section heading URLs for non-Latin languages
   Done
Global preferences
   Done
Rewrite XTools
   Done
Wikitext editor syntax highlighting
   Done
Warning on unsuccessful login attempts
   Done
Automatic archive for new external links
  Not done
Fix Mr. Z-bot’s popular pages bot
   Done
User rights expiration
   Done
2015 2015 results Migrate dead external links to archives
   Done
Improved diff comparisons
   Done
Central repository for gadgets, templates and Lua modules
  Not done
Cross-wiki watchlist
  Not done
Numerical sorting in categories
   Done
Allow categories in Commons in all languages
  Not done
Pageview stats tool
   Done
Global cross-wiki user talk page
  Not done
Improve the plagiarism detection bot
   Done
Add a user watchlist
  Not done

Summary of results by editionEdit

This table includes both accepted and rejected proposals.

Category Proposals in top 10 Most votes for a proposal
2015 2016 2017 2019 Total
Admins and stewards 1 0 1 86
Admins and patrollers 1 1 157
Anti-harassment 0 1 1 118
Bots and gadgets 2 2 2 1 7 111
Categories 1 0 1 84
Citations 0 0 1 1 108
Editing 1 1 3 2 7 127
Maps 0 0 59
Miscellaneous 1 4 2 0 7 154
Mobile and apps 0 0 0 0 55
Moderation tools
Moderation and admin tools (2015)
0 1 1 84
Multimedia and Commons
combined in 2017
1 0 1 0 2 94
Notifications 0 1 1 101
Programs and events 0 1 0 1 111
Reading 0 0 0 1 1 130
Search 0 0 1 0 1 110
Special pages 0 0 22
Talk pages 1 0 0 1 66
Templates 1 1 87
Watchlists 2 0 0 1 3 104
Wikidata 0 0 0 0 0 68
WikiProjects 1 1 72
Wikisource 0 0 0 1 1 113
Wikiversity 0 0 4
Wiktionary 0 0 0 0 40


See alsoEdit