I'm pleased to announce Gergő Tisza is joining our Mulitmedia team
today as a Software Engineer on the team. He'll be working most
closely with Mark Holmquist and Fabrice Florin on new media handling
features (first up: helping Mark finish off the new Media Viewer). He
joins us most recently from Rocket Internet Gmbh, where he helped
relaunch the company website, and he has several years of PHP
experience before that.
Gergő has been editing Wikipedia for about 9 years, as an anon for his
first year, and then as User:Tgr. He's most active on Hungarian
Wikipedia, but does some editing on the other wikis as well. He's
also active in many other ways: as one of the founding members of
Wikimedia Hungary, serving on the board for some of the time since
then, as well as helping build some of their fundraising
infrastructure. He also helped out with Wiki Loves Monuments, for
example working out a bot to import images off of one of the more
common Hungarian image hosters. He's also been very active in our
Wikimedia Ambassadors group, helping smooth the rollout of several new
He plans to move to San Francisco in the coming months, but will be
splitting his time between Berlin, Germany and Sopron, Hungary until
he can make the move to the U.S.
We'd like to give you a heads-up about the upcoming release of Notifications (1) on Wikimedia Commons in coming weeks.
This software tool will inform users about new activity that affects them on Commons, in a unified way: for example, it will let you know when you have new talk page messages, edit reverts, thanks, mentions or links -- and is designed to augment (rather than replace) the watchlist. The Wikimedia Foundation's editor engagement team developed this tool (code-named 'Echo') earlier this year, to help users contribute more productively to MediaWiki projects.
Notifications were first released on the English Wikipedia in April 2013, and have now been successfully deployed on dozens of other wikis in different languages, including the Dutch, French, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese Wikipedias, to name but a few. Community response has been very positive so far, across languages and regions. Users are responding particularly well to social features such as Mentions and Thanks, which enable them to communicate more effectively than before. Learn more in our recent blog post (2).
We're now getting ready to bring Notifications to Wikimedia Commons and other sister sites, and are aiming for an October 22 deployment for our first release. This release will include some basic features shared by all other sites. Our multimedia team is also considering developing a few special notifications for Commons (e.g.: 'Your file was used in an article'), and we will start a community discussion about these ideas after our first release.
Please let us know if you have any questions, suggestions or comments about this new tool in this Village Pump thread:
Thanks, and stay tuned for more.