Earlier this week
I wrote about the upcoming 1.19 release and the changes that need to be
made on-wiki to provide a consistent experience.
I've been thinking about this and getting input from on-wiki
administrators, but I'm interested in your thoughts,
dependencies really should be enumerated. Still, I'm concerned about
the experience for users who have installed several gadgets (which we
can test in Krinkle's "Tour de Wiki") as well as possible UserScripts
(which we really can't test, at least not at as easily or as quickly).
I adjusted the [[MediaWiki:Gadgets-definition]] on enwiki.beta and let
the people on enwiki know what I had found, but I think this sort of
adjustment will be needed in more places. For proof, just look at
You'll see (or, at least, I see) two un-fulfilled dependencies on
Some sort of dependency needs to be added on mw.util -- either just
preload it or make it log a message when there is an unenumerated
dependency on it (and other necessary js dependencies).
This, plus a message on WP:VPT or the like, would be a way for users and
users of the deprecation from 1.18 to 1.20 (or 1.21) without providing a
horribly shocking experience after we upgrade the cluster.
Let's ensure that the Wiki* experience is consistent. We can avoid some
of the mistakes like those that happened when we introduced
ResourceLoader. Backwards compatibility is important. If we upgrade
MediaWiki and we know that people are going to complain because a
widespread dependency (like mw.util) disappeared, let's eliminate that