[MediaWiki-l] Introducing the MediaWiki Platform Team!

Brion Vibber bvibber at wikimedia.org
Mon Apr 3 18:35:04 UTC 2017

We'll be primarily working on things for Wikimedia -- that's what people
donate to WMF to support -- but part of what we want to do is to provide a
clearer development roadmap which we expect to be helpful to third-party
users, and clearer points of contact for getting things done.

At this time there are no plans I'm aware of for providing explicit
third-party support contracting from within WMF (as in, paying people to
provide custom installation support, custom development, prioritization of
custom bug fixes, or explicitly lobbying to get particular custom
development or ideas merged into core that aren't focused on Wikimedia
needs). I think this would be great to do, but it's just not on the table
for now.

I would strongly encourage any interested and enterprising people who might
wish to perform such work to organize themselves to provide such custom
services directly to people who need them and work with us on that roadmap
& future core development.

-- brion

On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 7:28 AM, Jasmine Smith <jassmith55 at outlook.com>

> Out of interest, will this 'platform team' only work to serve Wikimedia or
> the wider MediaWiki user community?
> One of my vices with the WMF/mediawiki is that development is to benefit
> the WMF.
> The WMF uses a number of extensions which are highly sought after by those
> wanting to set up their own wikis (SecurePoll, CentralAuth, Site Matrix,
> etc) but  provides no support for them, says they are only for WMF but
> released anyway, and unless you know PHP, those extensions are locked off.
> I don't feel like the WMFs goal to openly share knowledge applies in these
> cases, and development of MediaWiki isn't to support the wider community of
> users.
> > On 3 Apr 2017, at 02:16 pm, "Chad" <innocentkiller at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > On Mon, Apr 3, 2017 at 12:35 AM Jeroen De Dauw <jeroendedauw at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> This makes it sound like the MediaWiki codebase is pretty well designed.
> >> That is in stark contrast to my view, which is that it is a typical big
> >> ball of mud with serious pervasive issues too numerous to list. So I'm
> >> curious how you arrived at your view.
> > As opposed to Wikibase, which is a collection of well-designed components
> > which nobody (outside of its development team) knows how they are held
> > together to form a cohesive product. My guess has always been magic
> and/or
> > prayers.
> >
> > Something something glass houses & stones.
> >
> > -Chad
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