The committee has finished selecting new members and the new committee
candidates are (In alphabetical order):
- Amir Sarabadani
- Kunal Mehta
- Martin Urbanec
- Tony Thomas
And auxiliary members will be (Also in alphabetical order):
- Ariel Glenn
- Effie Mouzeli
- Nuria Ruiz
You can read more about the members in the mediawiki.org page
The changes compared to last term are:
- Kunal Mehta is joining the main CoC committee
- Ariel Glenn is coming back to auxiliary committee
- Effie Mouzeli is joining auxiliary committee for the first time
- Tonina Zhelyazkova is leaving the committee
- Matanya and Tpt are leaving the auxiliary committee
- I won't run for the chair this year.
This is not the final structure. According to the CoC
the current committee publishes the new members and calls for public
feedback for *six weeks* and after that, the current committee might apply
changes to the structure based on public feedback.
Please let the committee know if you have any concern regarding the members
and its structure until *26 May 2021* and after that, the new committee
will be in effect and will serve for a year.
Amir, On behalf of the Code of Conduct committee
We recently updated to Mediawiki 1.36. I'm testing some of our
installed skins under it.
Use of Minerva Neue is causing this warning to be printed on the top
of each page. I can't tell if it is a Minerva Neue issue, HitCounter
issue, or HookContainer issue.
Deprecated: Use of SkinTemplateOutputPageBeforeExec hook (used in
HitCounters\Hooks::onSkinTemplateOutputPageBeforeExec) was deprecated
in MediaWiki 1.35. [Called from
/var/www/html/w/includes/HookContainer/HookContainer.php at line 137]
in /var/www/html/w/includes/debug/MWDebug.php on line 376
I have no idea why we are running debug code on a production server.
That looks like a separate issue. I'll have to check what I have
Our mediawiki information can be found at
Just an FYI for any devs on the list:
I just upgraded my 1.35.2 MW to 1.36.0 via a tarball release and received
several "premature access" deprecation warnings from PHP in the process.
No fatal errors were thrown, so the upgrade completed successfully. Still,
this might be something to look into.
OS Fedora 34
PHP 7.4.19 (fpm-fcgi)
The following warnings we thrown at the start of running "php update.php":
PHP Deprecated: Premature access to service container [Called from
/var/www/gpf/mediawiki-1.36.0/maintenance/includes/Maintenance.php at line
1221] in /var/www/gpf/mediawiki-1.36.0/includes/debug/MWDebug.php on line
PHP Deprecated: Premature access to service 'HookContainer' [Called from
/var/www/gpf/mediawiki-1.36.0/includes/MediaWikiServices.php at line 252]
in /var/www/gpf/mediawiki-1.36.0/includes/debug/MWDebug.php on line 376
PHP Deprecated: Premature access to service 'ObjectFactory' [Called from
/var/www/gpf/mediawiki-1.36.0/includes/ServiceWiring.php at line 535] in
/var/www/gpf/mediawiki-1.36.0/includes/debug/MWDebug.php on line 376
Hope this helps...
Jeffrey T. Darlington
General Protection Fault
* The #mediawiki IRC support channel is moving from Freenode to Libera.Chat.
* Register an account on Libera.Chat and join us there!
There has been a lot of activity over the last 2-3 days related to
staffing changes on the Freenode IRC network . The Wikimedia IRC
Group Contacts (GCs)  evaluated the situation and decided that
moving the Wikimedia IRC channels from Freenode to the brand new
Libera.Chat IRC network  would be the best course of action .
So, we are moving!
A new #mediawiki channel has been created on irc.libera.chat for
handling MediaWiki support requests and general discussion. The old
channel on Freenode still exists and will be maintained at least until
we can get all the bots moved, our documentation updated on
mediawiki.org, and we see more folks on the Libera channel than the
Freenode one. We have a bot bridging both channels so messages to the
channel in either IRC network will be seen on the other network.
There is a new subpage on Meta-Wiki  for information on how to create
a new account for yourself on Libera.Chat and other related information.
There is also a tracking task  that you can look at to see various
activities that the community hopes to take action on to complete the
One last thing: The #wmhack Freenode channel is bridged to
#wikimedia-hackathon on Libera.Chat. The new channel name will make it
easier for the GCs to help manage spam and other issues that come up
occasionally on IRC. Don't miss the fun of our 2021 virtual hackathon
from Friday, May 21st to Sunday, May 23rd! 
At Vikidia, the Children Encyclopedia, we are looking for paid contractors
(and volunteers) to help us improve our Mediawiki farm in different ways.
For those who don't know us yet, at Vikidia, we help children get
encyclopedic articles they can understand. We're numerous contributors all
over the world, like Wikipedia, writing the articles under free licence.
Vikidia association is based in France, and is available in different
languages like Spanish, Italian...
Now, Vikidia is very big (more than 8 million pageviews per month), the
tech architecture is now more and more complex and hard to maintain by
simple volunteers. We are looking for experts for specific tasks. Can you
Here is a call for proposals:
Can you please forward this email to anyone/list who may help us?
Plyd, for Vikidia
Would you like to get more people taking part in the Wikimedia Foundation’s
Board of Trustees election?
The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees announced the plan for the 2021
That plan includes outreach and communication support for the Board
elections. The Board election facilitators will:
- Inform communities of the trustee selection process
- Invite communities to engage in voting
- Encourage people representing emerging Wikimedia communities to run as
Voter turnout in prior elections was about 10% globally. It was better in
communities with volunteer election support. Some of those communities
reached over 20% voter turnout. We know we can get more voters to help
assess and promote the best candidates, but to do that, we need your help.
We are looking for volunteers to serve as Election Volunteers. Election
Volunteers should have a good understanding of their communities. The
facilitation team sees Election Volunteers as doing the following:
- Promote the election in their communities’ channels
- Organize discussions about the election in their communities
- Translate messages for their communities
*Who are the Election Volunteers to connect your community with this
movement effort? Is it you? Or someone you know?* *Check out more details
about Election Volunteers*
add your name next to the community you will support in this table
or get in contact with a facilitator
We aim to have at least one Election Volunteer for Wiki Projects in the top
30 for eligible voters. Even better if there are two or more sharing the
Board Election Facilitator
*English language communities and Meta-Wiki*
The episode actually came out last week, but I forgot to send an email
about it before. Anyway, the latest episode of the MediaWiki podcast
"Between the Brackets" features an interview with Jon Robson, a Wikimedia
Foundation developer who is heavily involved in, among other things,
improving the look-and-feel of the Vector skin. We talked about that and
various other topics, and you can hear the interview here:
We also recorded this one on video, so if you prefer, you can see the