Reading/Web/Release timeline

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This page attempts to track notable changes that impact the reading web experience in production. For older years, these appear empty purely because we never documented our work back then. Feel free to jump in and do so, every data point helps! These will usually have an associated SWAT deploy due to the fact that the reading web team makes heavy use of feature flags.

πŸŽ‚ is used to mark releases the team feels are worth celebrating and usually mark the end of a long line of work.

Dates should reflect a date the change went into production for all wikis (unless a specific wiki is stated).

See also: Reading/Web/Notable_incidents

2022Edit

JanuaryEdit

5th A/B test for sticky header is launched (phab:T295976). 50% of users should see the sticky header.

2021Edit

DecemberEdit

16th Language moved to top of main page on eu.wikipedia.org phab:T293470

13th

Deployed sticky header to office wiki and test wiki with generic A/B test scheam phab:T295972

7th

Minerva skin PHP code is now consistent with Vector phab:T266072

1st

Instrumentation: scroll to top added phab:T292586

NovemberEdit

23rd Instrumentation: ReadingDepth restored. phab:T294777

15th Talk enabled for anons on English Wikipedia phab:T293946

OctoberEdit

18th Closed out epic relating to various accessibility improvements. phab:T287097

SeptemberEdit

30th

Sticky header enabled on beta cluster. https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T289721

16th

Completed various Page previews visual bugs (https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T284095)

AugustEdit

5th

Removed redundant CSS from legacy skins Monobook, CologneBlue and Modern, reducing render blocking CSS by approx 1.5kb (T278896)

10th

User links to deployed to all wikis (T288274)

12th

Deprecated longstanding legacy CSS, improving performance, and maintainability of all skins (T287410)

JulyEdit

20th

A/B test for languages feature disabled, enabling the feature for all users. (T286459)

26th

Standardized icons across mobile and desktop experience improving design consistency (T191021).

27th

New user links feature is enabled on office wiki and test wiki. (T287391)

28th

Modern skin hidden in user preferences to new users. (T287616)

Desktop version of Special:Contributions becomes default on mobile for Wikidata.org and Commons (T283988)

29th

Removed redundant CSS from Modern Vector experience, reducing render blocking CSS by approx 1.5kb (T278896)

JuneEdit

2nd

New User links feature is now on the beta cluster.

22nd

Language button is enabled for anons on all of the test wikis except Farsi. Language button A/B test begins for logged in users. (T269093)

30th

QuickSurveys ported to Vue.js (T282473)

MayEdit

5th

Language button shipped to all logged in users who have opted into the new experience. (T280526)

AprilEdit

27th

Language button shipped to office wiki and test wiki (all users)

AMC mode on mobile now features move, protect and delete actions for privileged users.

MarchEdit

1st Twitter previews now work, logos are updated for wikivoyage in preparation for roll out for desktop refresh, Vue search A/B test deployed (stage 2)

4th vue search a/b test is live (phab:T249297)

10th Error logging for Vue.js is live phab:T249826 following hiccup in phab:T277094

31st Vue.js search live on all wikis using new Vector. phab:T276917

FebruaryEdit

11th wvui 0.1.0 (Vue library) is released to MediaWiki core phab:T271353 after security review. The new Vue based search is enabled on the Wikimedia beta cluster phab:T259798

JanuaryEdit

25th JavaScript error logging is now live on English Wikipedia phab:T255585

21st Max-width is reduced to 500px. (phab:T264218)

2020Edit

OctoberEdit

8th

A technical change enabled by desktop improvements simplifies the Modern skin so that it much easier to maintain (T259401)

SeptemberEdit

30th

Deployed the new location of the search bar to new vector and begin A/B test on test wikis

16th

An error surfaced by the client side error logging blocks the train (T263047) - a significant milestone as this has never happened before.

AugustEdit

28th

Lead paragraph transform now applies to images as well as infoboxes.

19th

SEO impact: Enable $wgMFNoindexPages for all wikis

18th

Technical debt payoff: PHP InlineDifferenceEngine removed

5th

Desktop improvements default for French Wikipedia

JulyEdit

28th

Sidebar instrumentation enabled on Vector

Desktop improvements default for Persian Wikipedia and Hebrew Wikipedia

22nd

Desktop improvements default for Basque Wikipedia, French Wiktionary, and Portuguese Wikiversity

21st

New version of Vector skin deployed as a user preference to all projects (phab:T254228)

13th

First NPM development release of WVUI.

JuneEdit

29th

Skins: Deprecation of various hooks and introducing SkinMustache

4th

Collapsible sidebar now on office wiki

MayEdit

11th

New Vector on office wiki (new header, Latest-mode opt-out)

AprilEdit

9th

MediaWiki:MobileMainPage has been removed from Hindi and Russian wiki. T243996

1st

Kick off Vue.js discussions in earnest

MarchEdit

16th

Vector is type checked without exception

FebruaryEdit

12th

Ordered list styles are translated on Minerva https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T217616

JanuaryEdit

9th

the mobile main menu now works without JS (more responsive) T225213

Lead paragraph transform available in other namespaces (T211063)

Mobile site now uses diff engine and PHP in core. (T117279)

2019Edit

DecemberEdit

19th

Article and talk tabs, history button, and improved user pages now available to all logged-in users on mobile

5th

Talk pages no longer render as a modal via JS (Date may not be accurate, delayed because of thanksgiving)

3rd

The first of many Web changes to Vector are deployed.

OctoberEdit

24th

Main watchstar for Minerva uses core code (T234970).

17th

The mobile treatment of Echo now lives in the Echo extension T221007 and is live on English Wikipedia.

10th

The main menu is now being server side rendered as well as client side rendered (T234650)

SeptemberEdit

17th

Icon refactor deployed after a couple of weeks working on several bugs & regressions. phab:T229440

AugustEdit

28th

AMC outreach drawer deployed T231206.

20th

Cologne Blue hidden in Special:Preferences to users who are not using it T223824

7th

πŸŽ‚AMC deployed to all Wikipedias (phab:228916)

JulyEdit

30th

AMC user menu deployed.

JuneEdit

5th

Deployed AMC history special page to Arabic, Indonesian, and Spanish Wikipedias (phab:T224970)

19th

Deployed AMC to Persian, Italian, Thai, and Japanese Wikipedias (phab:T225123)

MayEdit

1st

Removed Hogan from MobileFrontend. Mobile site now uses Mustache (standard template library of core). (task T220620)

2nd

Deployed AMC main menu to Arabic, Indonesian, and Spanish Wikipedias (phab:T216152)

31st

Deployed AMC overflow menu to Arabic, Indonesian, and Spanish Wikipedias (phab:T223883)

AprilEdit

30th

SEO A/B test concludes. Rollout to 100% of main namespace pages on all wikis. phab:T209377

9th

History form is collapsible [wmf/1.34.0-wmf.1]

MarchEdit

28th

History page is now an OOUI form [1.33.0-wmf.24]

20th

AMC now deployed to eswiki, arwiki, idwiki: phab:T217643

7th

AMC is now live on the beta cluster!

14th

QuickSurveys now supports targeting based on edit count, country and whether user is logged in or anon

15th

iOS scroll hacks disabled on mobile

18th

Thanks actions (and other log accounts) can now be tagged. Will now be tagged with mobile/AMC.

FebruaryEdit

8th

MobileFrontend now supports ECMAScript 6 for code development (doesn't run in production).

25th

  • First Humans of the Web (Readers Web, Editing, and Growth teams) gathering

26th

JanuaryEdit

πŸŽ‚22nd

Page issues deployed to English Wikipedia

27th

βœ‹ All Hands from 27th January until 2nd February β€” event outline, conference schedule . No releases.

31st

All JavaScript in MobileFrontend is now bundled with Webpack.

2018Edit

DecemberEdit

18th

Page issues deployed to all wikipedias except enwiki. phab:T210553

NovemberEdit

19th

Staged rollout of SEO A/B A/B test concluded at 100%. phab:T208755

14th

Staged rollout of SEO A/B A/B test started at 1%. phab:T208755

OctoberEdit

1st

Page issues A/B test enabled for 5% and then 20 minutes later 20% of users on Japanese, Farsi, Russian and English Wikipedia. phab:T200792

3rd

setup beta cluster dashboard for monitoring events in beta cluster. This allows us to identify problems early before they hit production. phab:T202026

17th

client side error reporting for mobile added to production T206702

πŸŽ‚18th

SeptemberEdit

27th

English Wikivoyage now has page previews. phab:T203981

26th

ReadingDepth was adjusted (1.32.0-wmf.23) to allow A/B tests to explicitly enable the schema where it was not previously possible. (phab:T204144)

25th

The sampling rate for ReadingDepth was bumped from 0.1 to 10% (phab:T205176)

19th

Page issues A/B test is enabled on Latvian Wikipedia (phab:T204609)

18th

[Proton] RESTBase mirroring 25% of all production traffic to Proton (T186748#4595101)

6th

  • MobileFrontend using Webpack to build some of its JavaScript. Plans to broaden this to other files (phab:T199452)
  • Client side error logging via EventLogging is now available on all wikis (but disabled) phab:T202026

AugustEdit

21st

There is now a standardised way of obtaining a page token across our EventLogging schemas. This should help us link activity across schemas phab:T201124

24th

Mobile diffs now show moved paragraphs

30th

Bug fix: Restored action=init events to Schema:Edit from mobile [phab:T202786]]

JulyEdit

12th (TBC) Page previews now do not display wide margin between text and image - phab:T192928

MayEdit

10th Desktop: mw-collapsible now doesn't cause flash of unstyled content. Messages can now be passed as LESS variables phab:T42812

AprilEdit

3rd VirtualPageviews enabled for all wikis for page preview viewing logging. phab:T189906

4th DNT header now ignored in page preview view tracking phab:T4052896

11th Page previews to 100% of users on German Wikipedia [[phab:T191966]

12th Page previews to 10% of users on English Wikipedia

17th Page previews rolled out to enwiki. We deployed to 25%, 37.5% then 100% of users over the course of a morning. (phab:T191101)πŸŽ‚

MarchEdit

1st

Deployed html previews to all wikipedias.

6th

Bug fix: Removing parentheses breaks chemical formulas

20th: Disambiguation popups

26th: Hindi mobile campaign goes live

FebruaryEdit

5th

Enabled a new mobile logo for Pashto Wikipedia.

6th

Bug fix: Download PDF button now limited to versions of Android that support PDFs (https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T182059)

New settings page code merged to master

13th-15th

New settings page; fontchanger and expand all sections released to production (covers https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T67079 too).

20th disabled settings link on Special:MobileOptions due to persistent vandalism by anonymous users. Several years ago we had a contact form with similar problems. Lesson relearned: asking for anonymous feedback on mobile usually leads to vandalism.

22nd

Enabled HTML previews on cswiki.

JanuaryEdit

8th

Language icon disabled on Wikidata and MediaWiki.

11th

MobileFormatter refactored. Infoboxes wrapped in mw-stack element will now be swapped with lead paragraph on mobile

17th

SWATed some fixes to new lead paragraph logic (changed last week to consider div.mw-stack elements)

2017Edit

DecemberEdit

11th

NovemberEdit

15th

OctoberEdit

9th

Enabled print styles on Vector on test wiki

10th

Disabled OCG

11th

Enabled new Vector print styles on all wikis

18th

Restarted Page Previews A/B test on enwiki and dewiki

SeptemberEdit

7th

Disable Wikidata descriptions on all wikipedias.

18th

Stopped page previews A/B test on enwiki and dewiki.

25th

Disabled RelatedArticles instrumentation

AugustEdit

16th

Page previews launched on all wikis except en and de

28th

Launched Popups A/B test on enwiki and dewiki

JulyEdit

11th

Firefox event logging duplicate event bug fixed

17th

Minerva separated from MobileFrontend in production

19th

Stopped RelatedArticles A/B test

JuneEdit

2nd

Electron rolled out to all projects

7th

A/B test launched on RelatedArticles

14th

Cards removed from cluster

MayEdit

2nd

πŸŽ‚ Related pages enabled for everyone

Print styles enabled for Minerva

3rd

Wikivoyage switches to new version of RelatedArticles

24th

πŸŽ‚ First paragraph moved before infobox on all projects

AprilEdit

3rd

Wikidata descriptions disabled in English Wikipedia

4th

ES3 JavaScript support dropped

5th

Page previews enabled on Hungarian and Hebrew Wikipedia

13th

Related pages enabled on Haitan wikipedia (desktop)

20th

Non-JavaScript users can edit mobile site

MarchEdit

20th

Page images restricted to lead section

29th

πŸŽ‚ New header rolled out to mobile web

FebruaryEdit

2nd

RelatedArticles shown to 90% of users

14th

Merged Popups frontend rewrite into master

21st

Reading depth schema deployed

23rd

New mobile header rolled out to cawiki and itwiki

JanuaryEdit

19th

πŸŽ‚ Wikidata descriptions shown on English Wikipedia

2016Edit

DecemberEdit

5th

Wikidata descriptions enabled on French and German Wikipedia

RelatedArticles enabled on Japanese and Spanish Wikipedia

NovemberEdit

8th

Began rewrite of Page previews codebase

OctoberEdit

3rd

Wikidata descriptions on Japanese and Spanish wikis

RelatedArticles enabled on mobile for all but 6 wikis

πŸŽ‚ New footer pushed to mobile

11th

Disable bottom language button in Minerva

AugustEdit

4th

πŸŽ‚ New language switcher launched to all wikis

17th

πŸŽ‚ Lazy loaded images enabled on mobile

30th

Enable wikidata descriptions on all but 6 wikis

Lazy loaded references experiments ended

JulyEdit

5th

Lazy loaded images on Japanese wikipedia

12th

Lazy loaded images and references on Thai Wiki

18th

Lazy loaded images and references on Russian Wiki

JuneEdit

6th

Enable page previews A/B test for 50% of users on Hungarian Wikipedia

14th

Lazy loaded images on Ukrainian and Farsi Wikipedia's

30th

Lazy loaded images on Tagalog Wikipedia

MayEdit

9th

Lazy loaded images on Bengali Wikipedia

AprilEdit

26th

Lazy loaded references enabled in beta.

FebruaryEdit

17th

New language overlay shown to 10% of users

21st

Gather disabled by RFC phab:T127509

2015Edit

AprilEdit

2

Gather deployed phab:T91341

2014Edit

OctoberEdit

Anonymous editing A/B test on Italian Wikipedia for mobile (https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Research:Anonymous_mobile_editing_in_Italian_Wikipedia) leads to anonymous editing everywhere.

AugustEdit

28th

Mobile uploads disabled on mobile web after vote.


JuneEdit

17th

Tablets redirected to mobile site (data)

2013Edit

For 2013 - the historical Extension:MobileFrontend/Deployments may also be useful.

AugustEdit

27th

  • enabled showing edit button in article sections (not just at the top of the page) + CTA for logged out users
  • released Echo notifications to projects where Echo was enabled (en, hu, pl, pt, sv, ru)

JulyEdit

23

Mobile editor launched, showed login CTA from upload & edit buttons to logged out users

30

disabled login CTA from upload button

MarchEdit

28th

Mobile uploads went live

AprilEdit

4th

enabled uploads and login CTA from upload button in articles

11th

disabled login CTA from upload button in articles (ending the selfiepocalypse)

2012Edit

For 2012 - the historical Extension:MobileFrontend/Deployments may be useful.

2011Edit

OctoberEdit

Mobile beta introduced

2009Edit

JuneEdit

First version of mobile (Ruby gateway)