In particular, I wanted to share more about the plans for the Community
Tech team. The creation of this team is a direct response to community
requests for more technical support. Their mission is to understand and
support the technical needs of core contributors, including improved
support for expert-focused curation and moderation tools, bots, and other
features. Their mandate is to work closely with you, and the Community
Engagement department, to define their roadmap and deliverables. We are
hiring for a leader for this team, as well as additional engineers. We will
be looking within our communities to help. Until then, it will be incubated
under Toby Negrin, with support from Community Engagement.
I look forward to seeing how this works out. I sometimes worry that it
seems like over the years that developers have become more and more
separate from the "community". Our community is our heart; It is why
we are all here. Having teams dedicated to working closely with our
communities sounds like an excellent idea.