I am with Shani on this. After WMF stopped the technical support of the
extension, the old bugs remained unsolved and new [even more dangerous] ones
were found. Education programs run in 70 countries worldwide and an
increasing number of countries wants to employ the extension to keep track
of their increasing number of students. This should be a high-priority thing
for the foundation, given the importance of education programs in promoting
and improving Wikipedia. The current extension should get a person
responsible for developing it and fixing bugs ASAP; otherwise it is a waste
of money and resources for both WMF and local communities which want to run
education programs efficiently.
This doesn't mean that a new Extension cannot be a solution in the
long-term. A realistic guess is that it wouldn't be ready within the next
year, though. The decision should be discussed with the Wikimedia Education
community and, best, coordinated by people from the Education Collab. We are
a group of volunteers who often use the extension and recommend it to other
program leaders. We should get regular updates on the situation so that we
stay up-to-date and can inform others of the situation. The information that
Education extension is not to be deployed on any new wiki was not announced
at all. I understand you might not want to go into detail for security
reasons, but the information itself should have been announced.
Thank for taking the situation seriously.
předseda rady / chairman of the board
Wikimedia Česká republika / Wikimedia Czech Republic
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2015-09-29 2:32 GMT+02:00 Shani <shani.even(a)gmail.com>om>:
After reading your reply to Craig, it is important for me to make sure
that members of the Wiki-EDU community are part of the discussion of
exploring other tools.
This affects all of our work and some of us have put hours and hours of
volunteer work into working with it and developing teaching practices with
While this tool has never been perfect, it's all we have. And while for
you this issue might be just another technical glitch that needs fixing, for
me, and for other educators, it's our wiki (and academic) life.
It matters and we care.
Since we are the ones with the practical experience working with the
extension thus far, and know best what's working well, what's not, what's
missing, etc., I believe it would be beneficial for all parties to make sure
this experience does not go into waste.
I understand the complexity of working on something like this with too
many a people.
So may I suggest a task force with reps. from the education team as well
as volunteers with hands-on experience?
Just to be clear, I'm not trying to step on any toes here; just want to
make sure the community's interests are part of the discussion and decisions
that affect our day-to-day are not taken without considering us.
On Tue, Sep 29, 2015 at 3:04 AM, James Alexander
> Hey Craig,
> We're hoping to get the stop-gap in place within the week. Longer
> term... it's difficult to say. It's deep enough that we're not entirely
> we can 'fix' the extension but will look into that in addition to other
> options and other tools.
> James Alexander
> Trust & Safety
> Wikimedia Foundation
> (415) 839-6885 x6716 @jamesofur
> On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 4:52 PM, Craig Franklin
> <craig.franklin(a)wikimedia.org.au> wrote:
>> Hi Floor,
>> Is there any ETA on when we can expect this remedial work to be
>> Craig Franklin
>> 2015-09-29 8:09 GMT+10:00 Floor Koudijs <fkoudijs(a)wikimedia.org>rg>:
>>> Dear Filip,
>>> I am so very sorry to hear about these frustrations with the
>>> deployment of the Education Extension. The problem is that there have been
>>> recent security issues with the extension. Engineering and our Trust &
>>> Safety department are working on some stop gaps to allow the extension to
>>> remain in place (and likely be deployed) while we determine what to do with
>>> the recent security issues.
>>> Please rest assured that we are working hard both on keeping the
>>> Education Extension going, and on thinking about a better tool to replace it
>>> for the future.
>>> Feel free to follow up if you have any further questions. I've cc-ed
>>> James Alexander here.
>>> Floor Koudijs
>>> Senior Manager, Wikipedia Education Program
>>> Wikimedia Foundation
>>> +1.415.839.6885 x6806 (landline)
>>> +1.415.692.5289 (cell phone)
>>> On Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 11:14 AM, Filip Maljkovic
>>> <dungodung(a)gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hello everyone,
>>>> Recently, a security issue has been found with Education extension.
>>>> As a result, new requests for installing the extension on Wikimedia
>>>> are being "stalled", i.e. blocked for an indeterminate period.
>>>> from the Foundation comment on this? I don't see why we shouldn't
>>>> the extension to more wikis, if the current installations are still
>>>> as-is (i.e. they're not being uninstalled because of the security
>>>> far as I know).
>>>> While it might be a long shot, is it possible to influence this
>>>> decision somehow?
>>>> I feel thoroughly disappointed, having held community discussion and
>>>> vote, and then waiting for a month (!) for no apparent reason, just to
>>>> outright told that it's unlikely to happen anytime soon. 
>>>>  https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T110619
>>>> Filip Maljković
>>>> Wikimedia Serbia
>>>> Education mailing list
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