I've added my comment (what slows me down) :  https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T234661#5638835

On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 5:09 PM Birgit Mueller <bmueller@wikimedia.org> wrote:

(sorry for cross-posting!)

Hello all,

We’re running a session at next week’s Wikimedia Technical Conference around the topic: Developer Productivity and onwiki tooling - userscripts, gadgets, templates, modules.

For this we’re looking for more input from folks who won’t be at the conference.

The goal of the conference is to identify changes to tooling and processes to support Wikimedia developers in working more efficiently. One aspect of that is to explore what makes it currently difficult for technical contributors working with templates, modules, userscripts and gadgets, and to discuss what could be improved or done differently. 

It would be wonderful if you could share your experience and comment on the following 2 questions in the phabricator ticket for the session (or send me an email, and we’ll add it to the phabricator ticket):

  1. What is your background, what do you do as a technical contributor?

  2. In what way your productivity as a technical contributor is affected in the context of on-wiki tooling (what slows you down, what makes your life complicated, what helps you …)?

To give you two examples (made-up):

  1. I am a volunteer developer and have developed several user scripts for frwiki.

  2. When I’ve developed a userscript, I don’t know how many people are copying the code to use my script. When I make changes to the script, others often still have older versions. When people report bugs, I need to first find out which version they are using which is very time-consuming.

  1. I am a developer of Wikibase extension, WMDE staff member

  2. When I develop a new feature in Wikibase, I am often informed AFTER the feature has been released that Wikidata gadgets had been broken. Then I need to stop my current tasks, go back to my previous work and change the feature. This makes the process of my work on new features longer.

Many thanks for your support! 

The developer productivity and onwiki tooling session crew

Birgit Müller (she/her)
Director of Technical Engagement

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