On Wed, Feb 12, 2014 at 2:58 PM, Fabrice Florin <fflorin@wikimedia.org> wrote:
Hello everyone,

As many of you know, we have been testing an improved version of Article Feedback v5 in two pilots on the English and French Wikipedias throughout 2013. The main purpose of this experiment was to increase participation on Wikipedia by inviting readers to leave comments on article pages.

The French pilot just ended last month, providing informative results about this experiment. In the final RfC we ran on the French site (1), about 45% of respondents wanted AFT5 removed everywhere, while 38% wanted to keep it an opt-in basis, and 10% on help pages only (2); nearly everyone agreed it should not be on by default on all 40,000 pilot pages, let alone on the entire French Wikipedia. Their concerns are is consistent to what we heard from editors on the English and German pilots: overall, a majority of editors do not find reader comments useful enough to warrant the extra moderation work. 

Based on these pilot results, we recommend that Article Feedback be removed from our two pilot sites at the end of the month, as outlined in this report (3) — since the tool is not welcome by a majority of editors, despite its benefits to readers.

Fabrice, I commend you for authoring this report. It is honest, straightforward, and thoughtful -- and, I imagine, not easy to write. I think it demonstrates a high standard of professionalism with respect to feature development. It makes me proud to be a WMFer when I see us act with such self-awareness. It's an example I'll try to emulate.