Community Tech will be dealing a lot with technology relevant to Wikimedia
editors. We figured we'd introduce ourselves here, hoping some of you might
want to help out connecting us with the communities.
We're a new team within the Wikimedia Foundation, focused on meeting the
needs of active Wikimedia editors for improved, expert-focused curation and
moderation tools. Making the lives of the people who spend a lot of time
taking care of the Wikimedia projects a little bit easier. This is a small
team: myself, Frances Hocutt and Niharika Kohli, with some support from
Johan Jönsson as a Community Liaison. We'll focus on tasks that can be
dealt with quickly and that will have a direct benefit for the core
community and might be overlooked by the larger WMF development teams.
To find our feet, we’ve mainly been knocking out bugs during the first
weeks. At the moment, we're looking at tasks from previous surveys to see
how we can benefit the communities. We are also working on developing a
good process for soliciting new requests from the Wikimedians we're
responsible for helping. As part of this effort, we have written up a draft
for a cross-project community wishlist survey that we would like to launch
within the next month or two. Please take a look at the draft, share it
with your communities, and let us know your thoughts on the talk page.
You can find more information, such as the scope of the team, a roadmap,
what we're doing and what we've done so far on our team page:
Engineering Manager, Community Tech
Hey ambassadors :)
It'd be great if you could help me spread the word on the projects
about this as their input for this is important.
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From: Charlie Kr <c.kritschmar(a)googlemail.com>
Date: Wed, Sep 30, 2015 at 3:41 PM
Subject: [Wikidata] Input requested for 'editing on a client' project
I'm currently working on a concept to improve the current editing
situation of Wikidata's data on a client (e.g. Wikipedia & co.) in
colaboration with Lydia Pintscher, in the scope of my Bachelor's
It would be very appreciated if you could add your input and comments
to the page below and pass this info to the other Wikis and their
editors since their input is crucial to this project.
Wikidata mailing list
Lydia Pintscher - http://about.me/lydia.pintscher
Product Manager for Wikidata
Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
Tempelhofer Ufer 23-24
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e. V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 Nz. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das
Finanzamt für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.
Hi, if you are a fluent German speaker, you might be interested in this
task, inspired by my participation at WikiCon in Dresden this weekend:
Distributing Tech News to the German-speaking communities
Please reply there instead of the whole list. Please help forwarding
to Projektdiskussion and other places where interested Autoren might be
found. Thank you!
Engineering Community Manager @ Wikimedia Foundation
Next week's software update will include the first steps of some
significant updates to the notifications (Echo) system. We need your
feedback, to plan the next steps.
There's going to be a change to the icon that opens the flyout, (the
list of items etc). There will be two icons: one for alerts and one
for messages. You can see an example at .
The first flyout ("alerts") will still contain most of the notifications.
The second flyout ("messages") will contain notifications about your
new usertalk-page messages (and flow messages on the wikis that are
This change is based on long-term feedback, that editors would like a
clearer indication than just a "red number", of what type of
notification is waiting for them. (See phab:T58476 and linked
tasks.) A number of options were suggested, and this is the first
step towards that.
We'd appreciate further feedback on this change: What other
notification types should be moved into the "messages" section? The
list of existing notification types includes: usertalk messages,
thanks, mentions, page-links, page-reviews, edit-reverts, system
messages. There are more types being discussed.
Please help us work towards improvements, by discussing at
Side-note: Work has also begun on cross-wiki notifications (phab:T67661).
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From: Rachel Farrand <rfarrand(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 11:05 AM
Subject: Join the Wikimedia Developer Summit 2016
To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
The Wikimedia Developer Summit 2016 will be taking place in San Francisco,
CA between January 4th and January 6th, 2016.
Registration is open along with the call for participation.
*Deadline for travel sponsorship requests and the call for participation is
October 2, 2015.*
Hope to see you in San Francisco!