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- We didn’t give you much to react to other than a few static images and a bunch of text. Having a major product like Message Wall up and available to play with would have been a much more effective announcement. As Dopp mentioned in her post, we’ll be releasing Message Wall to a small number of wikis next week (let us know if you want to be a part of this test!) and we’ll be releasing it on Community Central shortly thereafter. Once we have Message Wall out in the wild, we’ll be tracking and analyzing both usage metrics and your feedback to make ongoing adjustments and improvements.
- The product we release to test wikis next week will not be feature complete — we expect it to have some bugs, and development will still continue. That being said, we haven't decided for sure yet if we'll put it in Labs at all. One of the reasons for our hesitation is that the act of going back and forth between talk pages and Message Wall is likely to cause a mess of your communications, and we don't want this to be more difficult than it needs to be. The product and development teams working on Message Wall are deeply focused on getting ready for the first round of tests — after the first tests are live, we'll have the information we need to make this decision. Dopp or I will keep you posted.
- When we originally made the announcement on Monday, we understood that turning Message Wall on and off was not technically feasible. We’ve since learned that it is possible to turn the feature off and on (and, with our help, the test wikis will be able to do so).
- We made this change based off your feedback, and we're certainly not done iterating on Message Wall.