The current wikitext template system is a marvel of engineering: conceptually simple yet extensible to allow a huge variety of different tasks to be done on-wiki. It is perhaps too powerful, templates seem to be used for everything.
Visual Editor has made wikitext editing more accessible to new users. However, it imposes a low ceiling on contributors: only the most basic edits to template invocations are allowed, and you cannot use Visual Editor to author or edit the templates themselves.
Let's discuss how the template system could be modernized. I expect discussion along three axes:
Industry, innovation, and infrastructure: Improving how templates work will make using Wikimedia projects easier for machines and for people. Machines will be able to process data more intelligently, quickly, and precisely, and humans will be able to read and write more easily, naturally, and efficiently.
Reduced inequalities: Templates have hardly changed since the earliest versions of MediaWiki, with the exception of the introduction of Scributo. They were good for English, for people experienced with computers, and for wiki syntax editing. Since then we learned that we need to be more inclusive—for example, to welcome all languages, and people with different levels of computer experience. To be more inclusive and egalitarian we need to change some things about how we work, even if these things are as basic as templates.
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