Help:Structured Discussions/Activation

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Installation edit

Reminder: Structured Discussions were formerly called "Flow". Some tools and processes may have kept the old name.

Wikimedia Foundation wikis edit

Structured Discussions is only enabled on some Wikimedia wikis. Some of those wikis have it available as a Beta feature for all users. It will not be installed on any more Wikimedia wikis.

Other wikis edit

You will need to install the StructuredDiscussions extension on your wiki.

Learn more at Extension:StructuredDiscussions

Activation edit

Beta Feature edit

On some wikis, Structured Discussions is available in Beta Features .

If Structured Discussions is available as a Beta Feature on your wiki, you can activate and deactivate Structured Discussions on your talk page by visiting the Beta link on your personal toolbar.

You need to have an account and to be logged-in to activate a Beta Feature.

When you activate Structured Discussions, a bot account named "Flow talk page manager" performs the following tasks:

  • archives your previous talk page in wikitext in a sub-page;
  • creates a link to this sub-page on Structured Discussions Board's description (the bar on the right side);
  • copies all templates you had at the top of your talk page to the description bar;
  • creates a Structured Discussions Board on your personal talk page.

<Flow talk page manager may have a delay to activate Structured Discussions.

Manual activation edit

Sysops on wikis that have Structured Discussions installed have the right to create, move and delete Structured Discussions boards.

To activate flow, go to Special:EnableStructuredDiscussions on your wiki. Type the name of the page on the first form. The second textarea allows you to pre-fill the Board Description. The activation process will be the same as described above.

Page moves are done like any other page.

Deletion of a Structured Discussion Board is done like any other page. However, if you want to archive the Board, move it to a sub-page instead.

Deactivation edit

When you deactivate Structured Discussions, "Flow talk page manager" does the following tasks:

  • unarchives your former wikitext page
  • archives the Structured Discussions Board on a sub-page. This archived page is at the following address: User talk:USERNAME/Structured_Discussions_Archive_1 .

It is not possible to convert a wikitext page content to Structured Discussions, or vice-versa. This is due to Structured Discussions's structure (a Board with Topics).

If you need any assistance when deactivating your page, please contact us.

Probably in 2024, all Structured Discussions pages will be deactivated and converted.

Rename, delete, restore edit

If you want to rename, delete or restore a Structured Discussions board, please see the Administration page.