Talk pages project/Usability/Prototype/Topic Containers

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Screenshot showing proposed design of a new way of displaying section headings on talk pages.
This project will change the appearance of talk page section heading and introduce new information about the discussions that happen within them.

This page has instructions for testing a desktop prototype of a new part of the Talk pages project. This new project changes the ==Section headings== on talk pages.


  1. People who are new to editing quickly recognize that talk pages are places to communicate with other volunteers.
  2. People who are experienced with editing can quickly find the conversations they want to join.

Try the prototypeEdit

  1. Visit this test wiki: [1]
  2. Log in to the wiki. You can use one of these accounts. The password for these accounts is testsecret‎
    • Alice
    • Bob
    • Carol
    • Erin
  3. Visit this article talk page or this user talk page.
  4. Try to find the discussion that has been edited most recently.
  5. Try to find the discussion that has the most people participating in it.
  6. Try to find the discussion with the most comments.
  7. Scroll back to the discussion you identified in "Step 4." and figure out how you would do the following:
    1. Subscribe to the discussion, so that you will be notified when new comments are posted in it.
    2. Post a reply in the discussion.
    3. Edit the reply you posted.
  8. ✅ That is it! You are now ready to share your feedback.

Share your feedbackEdit

If you prefer, you can send an e-mail message instead:


After you complete the instructions listed in the Try the prototype section, please share your thoughts.

  1. Go to the talk page.
  2. Click the Start a new topic textbox.
  3. Type Feedback: YOUR USERNAME
  4. Write answers to these questions. You can write in your language.
    1. What did you find unexpected about the prototype?
    2. Which – if any – of the steps in the "Try the Prototype" section were you uncertain about?
    3. What do you appreciate about the prototype?
    4. What do you wish was different about the prototype?
    5. OPTIONAL: Can you imagine this design not working on some pages? If you can, please share links to these pages. It would be very helpful.
  5. Click the blue "Add topic" button.
  6. ✅ You are done!