[MediaWiki-l] Introducing the MediaWiki Platform Team!

Jasmine Smith jassmith55 at outlook.com
Mon Apr 3 19:43:29 UTC 2017

Question, will the 'new features' mainly benefit the wider MediaWiki community or the wikimedia foundation?

Are site owners able to request features?


> On 3 Apr 2017, at 07:16 pm, "Victoria Coleman" <vcoleman at wikimedia.org> wrote:
> 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,
> Victoria
> Sent from my iPhone
>> 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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