<tl;dr>: Make discourse-mediawiki.wmflabs.org
read-only by end of
August. See and comment on https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T247010
In January 2018, an experimental instance of the Q&A platform
"Discourse" was set up for developer support at
Since its launch, the usage of this instance has declined:
On average, there are two users who are engaged daily.
Other support venues which exist in parallel are much more active, such
as IRC, mailing lists, [[mw:Project:Support_desk]], [[meta:Tech]],
local technical village pumps, newsletters, Zulip for outreach
programs, or other third-party sites such as mwusers.org
, or Reddit.
Discontinuing the least frequented venue (which unfortunately is
Discourse though it seems to be a great communication platform) would
keep us from further fragmenting our conversations and efforts.
Planning, implementing, establishing and running a centralized
Wikimedia developer support venue on production infrastructure
(puppetization, data backups, uptime, etc) would require significant
technical and "social" capacity. If Discourse was to be further
and its subtasks
list part of the remaining needed work.
I propose to make discourse-mediawiki.wmflabs.org
read-only by the end
of August 2020.
Please comment on https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T247010
if you have
thoughts to share instead of replying to this message.
Because keeping conversations in one place. ;)
Thanks a lot!
Andre Klapper (he/him) | Bugwrangler / Developer Advocate