[Labs-l] [Labs-announce] [Tools] Announcing right to fork policy, abandoned tool policy, and Tool Labs standards committee

Huji Lee huji.huji at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 04:20:38 UTC 2017

I couldn't agree more. And thank you for showing support.


On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 6:31 PM, Jonathan Morgan <jmorgan at wikimedia.org>

> This is an incredibly important initiative. Having procedures to ensure
> that we can preserve vital infrastructure (bots and tools), and a committee
> to oversee the process of implementing those procedures, is a crucial step
> to "future-proofing" Wikimedia. It certainly helps me sleep better at night
> :)
> So, heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Bryan and the Tool Labs
> Standards Committee for stepping up. I promise to support your work any way
> I can!
> Cheers,
> Jonathan
> On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 2:29 PM, Bryan Davis <bd808 at wikimedia.org> wrote:
>> Hopefully most of you are aware that over the last several months I
>> have been working with the Tool Labs community to draft policies to
>> help ensure that vital tools and bots can live on if their initial
>> maintainers lose interest or are otherwise prevented from keeping
>> their projects in good working order. I am very happy to announce that
>> we now have two policies and a volunteer working committee to help
>> enforce the policies.
>> The Tool Labs right to fork policy [0] helps to protect Wikimedia
>> wikis from loss of a useful tool. It guarantees the right to fork an
>> existing tool project by developers who are interested in extending
>> and maintaining it after the original developers have lost interest.
>> The Tool Labs Abandoned Tool policy [1] helps to protect Wikimedia
>> wikis from loss of a useful tool. It defines processes for:
>> * Requesting to be added as co-maintainer of a tool which has no
>> active maintainers (adoption)
>> * Requesting removal of inactive maintainers in a tool they have
>> adopted (usurpation)
>> The Tool Labs Standards Committee [2] is a group of Wikimedia
>> volunteers who review, approve, and facilitate access requests for the
>> source code of Tool Labs hosted tools, and adoption and usurpation of
>> abandoned tools. Seven outstanding community members have been chosen
>> to form the initial committee:
>> * Eran Roz (User:Eranroz)
>> * James Hare (User:Harej)
>> * Huji Lee (User:Huji)
>> * Amir Sarabadani (User:Ladsgroup)
>> * Matanya (User:Matanya)
>> * Nick Wilson (User:Quiddity)
>> * zhuyifei1999 (User:Zhuyifei1999)
>> There is a lot of work left to be done to establish the basic
>> operating procedures used by the committee. I am looking forward
>> working with the committee to help them get started. After some
>> initial setup I expect them to become self-sufficient in carrying out
>> the work of evaluating and processing requests from the community.
>> Please join me both in thanking these individuals for accepting this
>> responsibility and in helping them support all of us who create and
>> use tools to make the wikis better.
>> [0]: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Tool_Labs/Right_to_
>> fork_policy
>> [1]: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Tool_Labs/Abandoned
>> _tool_policy
>> [2]: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Help:Tool_Labs/Tool_Labs
>> _standards_committee
>> Bryan
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>> [[m:User:BDavis_(WMF)]]  Sr Software Engineer            Boise, ID USA
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