Forwarding from mobile-l:
Dear Mobile Wikimedians,
The Android app recently upgraded to the latest version (24.0.0) of the
Android support library, which requires Java 8 in order to build.
Accordingly, Java 8 is now required to build the Android app.
As of about an hour ago, our CI jobs have moved from using Java 7 to Java
8. Details are here: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T138506
Big thanks to @hashar for making the CI change!
The elasticsearch servers that run logstash.wikimedia.org will soon be
upgraded from 1.7 to 2.3. As part of this upgrade we also need to upgrade
kibana (the web interface that runs on logstash.wikimedia.org). The current
version uses elasticsearch features that have been long deprecated (since
1.4) and as of 2.0 have been removed. I've setup a test environment in the
beta cluster running this new version of elasticsearch along with the new
version of kibana.
Be warned, kibana 4 is a complete rewrite. It needs to be evaluated for our
purposes and we need to make sure it does what we need. I've recreated most
of the dashboards that were linked from the homepage of
logstash-beta.wmflabs.org to help with the evaluation. The first few took a
short while, but due to the way kibana re-uses visualizations it became a
good bit faster/easier after that.
The main feature i've noticed missing from our old dashboards is the trends
panel. This is the part that told you how the volume of messages compared
to the previous hour/day/week/etc. There is a long standing github issue
about replacing this functionality but it has been stalled out. I don't
personally use that part of the visualization much, but perhaps you do?
Please try it out, and give some feedback. https://kibana.wmflabs.org/
MediaWiki 1.28.0-wmf.7 has not been fully deployed this week due to a
regression the time to save an edit. I have speculated it might be due
to a recent change made to AbuseFilter (T138550)
Hence for now the train is frozen, potentially the issue will be figured
out today or over the week-end. Release engineering team is meeting on
Monday at 4pm UTC and we will discuss about future steps.
There are two scenarios:
* If we get a fix available on Monday we will push 1.28.0-wmf.7 on all
wikis and then resume the usual train with 1.28.0-wmf.8 cut on Tuesday.
* Else, we will most probably freeze the train until the regression is
figured out and thus postpone the next branch for a week.
Stay tuned on the following tasks, and any help is welcome to figure out
the save time regression!
1.28.0-wmf.7 save time regression
MW-1.28.0-wmf.7 deployment blockers
Antoine "hashar" Musso
This may be of interest to the complete developer population. The etherpad
for the hackathon showcase is at https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/T132719
and the contents will be copied to Phab:T132719 afterwards. It looks like
we may not be able to live stream the showcase, although we are exploring a
possibility of a 360 degrees broadcast. We will keep you updated.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Rachel Farrand <rfarrand(a)wikimedia.org>
Date: Fri, Jun 24, 2016 at 4:06 PM
Subject: You are invited to the Hackthon Showcase Saturday 18:00-19:00
To: wikimania16attaccom(a)wikimedia.org, wikimania-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org
During the pre-conference days, there were two days of hackathon where 160
people worked on the software that we use in our Wikimedia projects.
Tomorrow, Saturday, from 18:00-19:00, the hackathon showcase will be held
in the school's main hall (venue 52). During this showcase, many
participants will present their hackathon accomplishments in brief
presentations. This session is fast paced, and chock full of useful and
Developers: please register at https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/T132719 to
participate in the showcase. Because of an unfortunate crash of the
Etherpad database server, we think that three submission may have gotten
lost, so please double check your entry.
We hope to see you there!
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The Wikimedia Brazilian Group of Education and Research will host on October 13th and 14th in Rio de Janeiro the "1st Brazilian Wikipedia Science Conference"
This event aims to bring together students, teachers and researchers with projects and publications about Wikipedia, other Wikimedia projects and their dynamics.
We are almost done and soon we will announce our official website and call for papers. Articles and poster will be accepted.
The Wikimedia Foundation has validated our logo  and the use of the Wikipedia brand in the event name.
We are using as inspiration the events organized by Wikimedia UK and OpenSym.
We are trying to bring to Brazil some important keynotes from our movement. If someone from this list is interested in coming to visit us, let's keep in touch!
That event is under organization in a very organic and experimental way, with no funding from WMF to see the impact and interest from the local academic community. Based on the results and impacts we will try to do something bigger in 2017.
All the content produced during the event will be published in CC licenses (photos, videos, interviews, publications).
Soon we will have more news! You can check our planning page here
Coordenador de Projetos
Grupo Wikimedia Brasileiro de Educação e Pesquisa
= 2016-06-22 =
== Product ==
=== Reading ===
==== iOS ====
** Through regressions - a bug was found and fixed - regressions start
** Expected release this week
** In development - expected release early August
** Potential blocker for release is GeoData API improvements
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T137178 We are working with Discovery to
get this in for our release
==== Android ====
Still working on the feed, no blockers/blockees.
==== Mobile Content Service (MCS) ====
* Adding content format versioning to Content-Type header for better
pre-generation and backwards compatibility.
==== Reading Web ====
* Going to be deploying lazy images to more small/medium wikis during this
==== Reading Infrastructure ====
=== Editing ===
==== Multimedia ====
* Mark not present today, but wanted to add mostly empty update
* Not blocking, not blocked
* No real updates, work continues as ever
==== Language ====
* Compact Language Links deployment started in phases
=== Discovery ===
* '''Blocking''': none
* '''Blocked''': https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T128546 and
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T135029 need help with scripts
* Portal discussion: Should HTML formatting/DOM manip (presentation,
responsiveness) be done in JS (frontend) or in PHP (backend) (
* TextCat A/B test running on enwiki, frwiki, eswiki, dewiki and itwiki
* Discernatorn updated: https://discernatron.wmflabs.org
=== Interactive ===
* Launched on Wikidata, Commons - no more referrer check, we are open to
* RU-Wikivoyage switched
* Implementing "get geo object" service
* In process of setting up 4 more backend servers (current production 4
backend + 16 caching)
== Technology ==
=== RelEng ===
* No longer blocked:
** gitblit is going away (finally) on the 29th.
*** Already announced, patches reviewed and coordinated with tech ops.
** arcanist packaged for debian! Thanks to fgiunchedi for packaging help.
* Blocked on tech ops
** Phase out gallium.wikimedia.org (T133300)
*** We need feedback from ops about the architecture changes proposed on
*** Tyler summarized in the most recent comment:
=== Technical Operations ===
** nodejs security release this thursday
** labs team @wikimania, skeleton crew
** appservers and api reimaging, live in eqiad, no outstanding issue
** jessie jobrunner and imagescalers live
** Decomming some 50 db hosts
To be clear, the Commons app is still very much in the hands of volunteers.
The WMF has simply allowed the app to use the Commons logo, which will make
the app more recognizable and discoverable by users. In fact, this app
*used* to be an official WMF project before we discontinued it nearly two
years ago, and was subsequently picked up by these excellent volunteers.
On Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 1:04 AM, Paul Laan <paulvlaan(a)gmail.com> wrote:
> I think this is good news, but it also makes me wonder the following:
> We saw it happen a couple of times the last months, now the app is in
> official WMF hands how long will it take before they kick the volunteers
> out, and let the WMF devs work on it?
> I would rather have seen this volunteer (and other) volunteer projects in
> the hands of volunteers. Every year the WMF asks for more money, and take
> away more and more things the volunteers used to run for free.
> I would rather see things moved to volunteers instead of the other way
> Paul Vlaan
> Wikitech-l mailing list
Senior Software Engineer / Product Owner (Android)
I think this is good news, but it also makes me wonder the following:
We saw it happen a couple of times the last months, now the app is in
official WMF hands how long will it take before they kick the volunteers
out, and let the WMF devs work on it?
I would rather have seen this volunteer (and other) volunteer projects in
the hands of volunteers. Every year the WMF asks for more money, and take
away more and more things the volunteers used to run for free.
I would rather see things moved to volunteers instead of the other way