For your information, the voting phase of the WMF Community Wishlist Survey
has begun and will close on December 10th, 2017.
There are more than 200 proposals in several main categories (i.e.:
Search); click on the categories to view the proposal's write-up and
discussions. More information on the community wishlist survey is in the
forwarded email below.
Program Manager, Engineering
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From: Johan Jönsson <jjonsson(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Mon, Nov 27, 2017 at 11:01 PM
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] You can now vote in the Community Wishlist Survey
The voting phase of the 2017 Community Wishlist Survey has now started.
Read the proposals and support the ones you want to support to make the
Click on the categories to find the proposals. The voting will close on
That's the important part of this email. Feel free to follow the link above
and starting voting right now.
The longer version:
The Community Wishlist Survey decides what the Wikimedia Foundation
Community Tech team will work on over the next year. The team is responsible
for addressing the top 10 wishes on the list, as well as some wishes from
smaller groups and projects that are doing important work, but don't have
the numbers to get their proposal into the top 10. The Wishlist is also
used by volunteer developers and other teams, who want to find projects to
work on that the community really wants.
Come help set the agenda.
If you want to see what the team has done in 2017, see the status report
from last month:
What you can do now:
*) Vote. This is the most important thing.
*) Spread the word. We really want people to find this, of course, and
we'll work on finding the best balance between spreading the news to
everyone and not being annoying, but please do help to spread the
information in your local community – Village Pump equivalents, IRC
channels, social media groups and so on.
*) Help translating the pages. We want the process to be as available as
possible for everyone. It's not every available if it's only in English.
*) If you want to get short updates through the notification system, you
can sign up for the Community Tech Newsletter:
We’d like to notify our community about a few project updates and personnel
moves that will affect the Discovery team.
Earlier this year, the Discovery Department was split up into two main
teams - Search Platform that is under Technology and the Discovery team
that is under the Audiences:Readers umbrella. Now that the search frontend
UI/UX work has wrapped up and the Wikipedia.org portal has been modernized,
we are consolidating as a team focusing on the Search backend. Our frontend
responsibilities are moving onto other teams with the Readers team. Here’s
a breakdown by project:
We are putting the final touches on the automation of statistics and
translations updates for the Wikipedia.org portal page. This will enable
the stats and translations to be automatically updated on a weekly basis
with minimal involvement by humans. 
The Maps initiative will be moving to be a part of the Readers
Infrastructure team and we’re currently investigating a new open-sourced
backend map tile server replacement. 
We will be communicating soon about any impact this will have on
Discovery projects. 
The Search Platform team will continue enhancing and refining the
machine learning-to-rank backend functionality while expanding our language
Our frontend team members will be integrated into the rest of the
organization over the next few weeks:
Deb Tankersley will take on the Program Manager (Engineering) role in
Jan Drewniak will move to Readers Mobile Web
Paul Norman will move to Readers Infrastructure
Mikhail Popov and Chelsy Xie will remain in Readers and begin working on
new projects while assisting in a part-time basis with search analysis
The Discovery Team
Product Manager, Discovery