We, the Wikimedia Technical Committee (TechCom), are looking for two new members
to broaden the committee’s area of expertise. If you can think of anyone
(including yourself) who may be a good addition to TechCom, please read on, here
or on the wiki .
TechCom is the guardian of the integrity, consistency, stability, and
performance of all software supporting the Wikimedia projects. It acts as the
senior advisor and the convergence point of all decisions related to technical
work that is strategic, cross-cutting, and/or hard to undo .
Traditionally, TechCom members have mainly been experts for MediaWiki core. We
have been slowly growing the committee to get a broader perspective, and now
want to try harder to cover our blind spots by starting this nomination process.
Some areas of expertise that we hope new members would bring to the table
include: internationalization, deployment and releases, mobiles apps, security,
performance, and analytics. We are also interested in expertise in areas at the
fringes of TechCom’s scope, such as privacy, interaction design, and bug wrangling.
Of course, we will not be able to cover all these areas perfectly with the
addition of just two people and we will likely expand the size of the committee
further in the future. For now however, we want to be careful to not to grow the
committee too quickly, so that we have time to adjust existing processes to a
TechCom members are expected to be available at least 4 hours per week for
committee work. This includes meetings, administrative work, and technical work
, and also taking care of the RFC process . As we evolve the committee to
become more proactive, we also expect to spend more time drafting and discussing
guidelines and policies.
You can find the list of current members on the TechCom page . If you would
like to join, or want to nominate somebody else, please send an email to
<techcom(a)wikimedia.org> by June 18 with “Nomination for <name>” in the
line. The email should contain an overview of the nominee’s skill set and
experience as well as a short pitch explaining why this person would be a good
addition to TechCom.
Nominations are now open until June 18, 2018; and we will review the submissions
and vet the potential new members over the following weeks. We hope that we can
announce new members before the end of July.
Chair of the Wikimedia Technical Committee
Principal Platform Engineer
Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.