[MediaWiki-l] Introducing the MediaWiki Platform Team!

Victoria Coleman vcoleman at wikimedia.org
Mon Apr 3 18:15:58 UTC 2017

Thank you Nischay. The Product Manager of the MediaWiki Platform team will be responsible for the features the team will work on. Quim's team will also provide support as a place to coordinate the roadmap with the external developer community. Looking forward to working with everyone!

Best regards,


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> On Apr 3, 2017, at 1:46 PM, Nischay Nahata <nischayn22 at gmail.com> wrote:
> We use MediaWiki for almost everything in our company and it feels great to
> hear this news.
> I hope there is process setup for external users of MediaWiki to contribute
> ideas and code in a more streamlined manner.
> Regards,
> Nischay
> On Apr 2, 2017 8:52 PM, "Victoria Coleman" <vcoleman at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> I am pleased to share with you the news about the formation of the latest
> team in the Technology department, the MediaWiki Platform team![1]
> The MediaWiki Platform team will be tasked with leading maintenance and
> improvements related to the core MediaWiki platform codebase. That includes
> encouraging future development of the MediaWiki platform and addressing the
> technical debt that has accumulated during the 15-year history of MediaWiki.
> MediaWiki is an amazing, powerful, and complex open-source software
> platform. The number and variety of extensions, and the wide variety of
> communities who have adopted MediaWiki as their method for knowledge
> collection and dissemination, are a testament to its strength as a software
> platform.
> Like any significant codebase with a long development history, there are
> remnants of design choices and experiments that are no longer in use, and
> some areas of code are in need of modernization. However, at its core is a
> large amount of highly functional, secure, performant code, capable of
> supporting a robust platform through the use of extensions and hooks. There
> is also a great amount of flexibility to adapt to new requirements.
> This team will have a more focused purpose than the previous MediaWiki Core
> team.[2]. While the previous team was at times spread too thin, many areas
> are now covered by dedicated teams like Security and Performance. The new
> MediaWiki Platform team will center their efforts on the core codebase. The
> team will also have a dedicated Product Manager who will be creating the
> platform roadmap in collaboration with the team, the Architecture Committee
> and the MediaWiki user community.
> Specific goals for this team are to:
> * Assist and encourage development of features for MediaWiki by providing
> developers with a strong core.
> * Undertake feature development work which is primarily architectural in
> nature.
> * Facilitate the development and publication of MediaWiki's roadmap to
> assist coordination between internal and external users.
> * Maintain and promote guidelines and standards for the MediaWiki core.
> I am thrilled that Tim Starling has agreed to lead the team, reporting
> directly to me. He will be joined by Brion Vibber, Kunal Mehta and Brad
> Jorsch.  The team officially launches on Monday April 3, and will complete
> the hiring and onboarding of additional team members in the coming months.
> Their initial workplan will include core support for multi content
> revisions for the Structured Data on Commons project and will be discussed
> in more detail during the upcoming consultation for the Wikimedia
> Foundation 2017-2018 annual plan.
> I am excited by this latest evolution in the structure of the Foundation's
> Engineering group. We will continue to learn from our collective knowledge
> and expertise, and make adjustments to our composition and plans. I
> appreciate the input provided by many in the community that helped inform
> this decision. I also want to thank the members of the Wikimedia
> Foundation's Product, Technology, and Community Engagement departments who
> were involved in this process. In particular, I would like to thank Toby
> Negrin, Adam Baso, and Trevor Parscal - whose support was critical in
> bringing this plan together.
> Join me in welcoming and celebrating our new team!
> Victoria
> [1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_Platform_team <
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_Platform_team>
> [2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_MediaWiki_Core_Team <
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_MediaWiki_Core_Team>
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