Jonathan Morgan, 27/07/2015 23:05:
I was also a bit surprised to hear that process held
up as a positive
example. But it was before my time as well, so I don't have direct
knowledge, just what Liam related to me.
Vector was probably the first case where MediaWiki turned into a real
battlefield, with WMF on one side and volunteers (i.e. all the
traditional MediaWiki users and developers) on the other.
Of course there are still lessons to learn from the process and Trevor's
email proves some were learnt. :) I'm not sure what exactly would the
the things to copy or drop, but as someone involved in communication of
the initiative in 2009–10, I can say that:
* explaining the project was much easier than it is with most WMF
software projects now;
* WMF got much better at releasing data and analysis (when they exist)!