[Mediawiki-l] MediaWiki as a Wikimedia project
erik at wikimedia.org
Sat Jan 6 17:39:56 UTC 2007
On 1/6/07, Erik Moeller <erik at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> I'd like to reopen the discussion about whether we officially consider
> MediaWiki a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. Currently, the
> position of the Foundation on this issue appears somewhat ambiguous.
> While we run the Subversion repository, the website, the mailing
> lists, and pay the two lead developers, MediaWiki is listed, for
> example, on:
> not as a Wikimedia project, but as a "related project." It is also not
> part of our usual list of projects. On the other hand, mediawiki.org
> carries the "A Wikimedia Project" button.
> My view is that we should make this the consistent, official view and
> consistently promote and list MediaWiki as a Wikimedia Foundation
> project wherever other Wikimedia projects are listed. My hope is that,
> in doing so, we will make MediaWiki more prominent and attract more
> volunteers to work on it, just as on other Wikimedia Foundation
> projects. I also believe that this will help in making MediaWiki
> strategy a key part of the Foundation's general project strategy.
> What are other people's thoughts? The only downside I can see is that
> this might be seen as a move to exercise additional control over the
> direction of development. But already, all major code changes to the
> core have to be approved by Brion, who is a Foundation employee. I
> actually think it will be easier to identify our responsibility
> towards outside users if we consider MediaWiki to be a key part of the
> free culture movement that the Wikimedia Foundation must support.
> Peace & Love,
> DISCLAIMER: This message does not represent an official position of
> the Wikimedia Foundation or its Board of Trustees.
Peace & Love,
DISCLAIMER: This message does not represent an official position of
the Wikimedia Foundation or its Board of Trustees.
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