Wikimedians, please review something we are working on for the Wikimedia
Foundation, the Technical Collaboration Guideline .
The Technical Collaboration Guideline (TCG) is a set of best practice
recommendations, for planning and communicating product and project
information to Wikimedia communities, in order to work better, together.
The TCG allows Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) Product teams and Wikimedia
communities to work together in a systematic way in the product development
and deployment cycle. It is hoped that the TCG is useful enough to be
utilized in planning and communications regarding any project, from anyone.
The TCG is intended to be flexible as plans and products change in
development; it is a guide whose contents will help build collaborative
The initial draft of the TCG was written after discussions in small groups
with members of the Community Liaisons and Product Management teams, to
identify successes and failures in communication, and what we can do to
encourage collaboration with the communities. Over the next month, I am
seeking review and feedback from Wikimedia community members. All feedback
that is left will be read; if there is a case for immediate action, it will
be made. All feedback will be taken into consideration when editing the
next draft of the TCG. Please keep in mind that the TCG is intended to be
lightweight information and instruction and will not be completely
comprehensive. The TCG and the conversations about it are in English, but
comments from all languages are welcome.
Over the next few days, this invitation for review will be distributed
across the wikis.
Also, within the coming weeks, I'll be announcing a review on behalf of the
WMF's Design team. They have been working diligently over the past few
months to identify and define the purpose of design within the WMF, and
they are looking forward to sharing this statement of purpose with the
broader Wikimedia movement for comment. If you're interested, please be on
the lookout for this review announcement.
I look forward to reading your comments on the wiki .
Technical Collaboration Specialist