On 6 September 2014 15:40, Derk-Jan Hartman <d.j.hartman+wmf_ml(a)gmail.com>
I propose we remove the Wikimedia Commons app from the
Clearly there is no time available to work on it, there is no one
maintaining it or following up on the problems that have been reported
Thanks for the suggestion.
Practically speaking, maintaining this app would mean cannibalising
resources currently devoted to the Wikipedia app. Brion and Yuvi are the
engineers with the most experience in the Commons app. They're currently
split a few different ways (Brion with his duties as an architect, Yuvi
with duties to ops) and I'm not eager to split them even further.
Some framing on userbases: The Commons Android app is installed on around
7,000 devices, compared to the 10 million devices with the Wikipedia app
installed on it. The Commons app gets around 300 users per month, and there
are more edits than that from the Wikipedia app per day to the English
Wikipedia alone. The Commons app user base is minuscule compared to the
Remember that sunsetting the app and removing it from the store would not
uninstall it from the devices it's currently installed on, so those people
using it would be able to do so. Also, the code would continue to be
available, so if someone wanted to clean it up as a volunteer we could then
re-publish it easily enough.
So, in summary, I agree with DJ.
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