As TechCom (Wikimedia Technical Committee) we triage and review our Phabricator
boards, #techcom and #techcom-rfc, for activity. We also have a weekly meeting
in which the board triage and other topics are discussed. A short summary of
this meeting is published to mediawiki.org
and on Wikitech-l, as part TechCom Radar.
In an effort to encourage wider and less formal participation through Wikitech-l
(and to make our process more asynchronous) we'll also write to Wikitech-l as
part of the board triage going forward. You may already have seen the first
board grooming mail here a couple of days ago. We are also expanding the TechCom
Radar to (once again) include our meeting minutes. Please feel free to join the
Here are the minutes from our meeting on Wednesday:
Present: Daniel K, Tim S, Giuseppe L, Timo T, Dan A, Roan K.
== New link service ==
* Guiseppe: Showing suggested links for editors using ML. How do we store ML
models in production, update them?
* Dan: isn’t this the purview of Chris’s ML infrastructure team?
* Giuseppe: long-term, yes, but not directly their responsibility right now. The
general architectural issue is: we want a sustainable way to generate ML
models, and ship them to applications using them. This process should be
streamlined - the current pattern of slapping the models in git-lfs is not
* Roan: explains about the project, a collaboration with Research to suggest
links to add to articles. Docs/write-ups are emerging (and more focused on
* Daniel: Create an RFC?
== Upcoming datacenter switchover ==
* Next week, Tue 1 Sept, 14:00 UTC.
== RFC: New API for Parsoid extensions ==
* Daniel: Should it go on last call?
* Tim: no urgency to closing this. The review they’re asking for hasn’t been
* Timo: They’ve done a fair bit of research and outreach offline prior to the
RFC. They’re looking for explicit approval from would-be users of their new
API for parser extensions. Once that completes, they should ask for Last Call.
== Shell execute microservice ==
* Tim: New initiative being started by Platform Engineering.
Will turn into an RFC.
* Tim: Affects every shell execution, can be used in small/medium wiki instances
that aren’t hosted by WMF, seems cross-cutting, affects over 30 extensions.
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