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MediaWiki extensions manual
Release status: unmaintained
Implementation User rights
Description Makes the editing of talk pages a distinct action from article editing.
Author(s) P Leveque, Marc Noirot, James Montalvo
Latest version 1.5.0 (2013-05-06)
MediaWiki 1.19+
Database changes No
Composer mediawiki/talk-right
License GNU General Public License 2.0 or later

The Talkright extension makes the editing of talk pages a distinct action from the editing of articles to create finer permissions, by adding the talk right.



From MediaWiki version 1.22 onwards TalkRight should be installed using Composer. The package name is mediawiki/talk-right. For instructions on how to install Composer see MediaWiki's Composer User manual.

Once you have Composer properly installed, all you need to do is go to your MediaWiki installation directory and run:

  • composer require mediawiki/talk-right ~1.5 for the latest stable version or
  • composer require mediawiki/talk-right 'dev-master' for the latest development version

Any future update is then just a call to composer update or composer update enterprisemediawiki/talk-right and you can always be sure that all dependencies are met (currently there are no dependencies).

Continue with the Common steps below.

Beware: If you have installed an earlier version of TalkRight you need to remove its code from the MediaWiki extension directory and delete the call to require_once from the LocalSettings.php file before starting the re-installation with Composer.

Using packaged downloads

If this is not an option, you may also install it like this:

$IP steht für den Installationspfad (oder "Verzeichnis") ihrer MediaWiki-Installation, dem selben Verzeichnis das die LocalSettings.php , index.php etc. beinhaltet.
  1. Alternatively you can clone TalkRight using git
  1. Extract the files to the $IP/extensions directory
  1. If necessary rename the newly created directory to TalkRight
  1. Add to the end of LocalSettings.php :
wfLoadExtension( 'TalkRight' );
  1. Continue with the Common steps below.

Common steps

  1. Edit LocalSettings to specify which users have the talk right (see below)
  1. Go to the Special:Version page of your wiki and verify that an entry for TalkRight exists


On a semi private wiki, a user can be allowed to read but not to edit the content of a page as well as its talk page. This is done by setting:

$wgGroupPermissions['user']['read'] = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['user']['edit'] = false;

Now, if you want to encourage comments to your wiki from a group of persons, by giving them rights to edit the talk pages only, you need to install this TalkRight extension and to add, for example, the following two lines:

$wgGroupPermissions['commentators']['edit'] = false;
$wgGroupPermissions['commentators']['talk'] = true;


Date Version Notes
2014-06-06 Version 1.5.0 Extension can now be installed via Composer
2013-05-06 Version 1.4.1 updated for MW1.19. added new topic and edit section link.
2011-11-24 Version 1.3 No need to modify 'includes/SkinTemplate.php' to edit "view source" button.
2008-08-05 Version 1.1 Added credits for MediaWiki version 1.12, 1.13.
2006-06-20 Version 1.0.1 Added credits and extension version information.
2006-06-07 Version 1.0 First release.