[MediaWiki-l] Introducing the MediaWiki Platform Team!

florian.schmidt.welzow at t-online.de florian.schmidt.welzow at t-online.de
Mon Apr 3 21:16:08 UTC 2017

I think, and that's my personal opinion based on my personal feelings
and the things written here already: something like "kind of". First of
all: you can already propose any feature you want using phabricator.
Based on these features, a paid developer or even a volunteer developer
will start working on it (or discussing) or not.

I think, that the new platform team will have an eye on the things in
phabricator, too, however, I think that they will mainly work on
features that benefit the WMF.

In addition to the review of patches things: I highly appreciate this
and hope that this will heavily decrease the time for a core patch to
get a review :) And I think that this can be an opportunity for all of
us, volunteers, other companies and third parties and everyone else to
get new, well-formed and developed features into MediaWiki. There's no
need that all features has to be implemented by a paid WMF Developer. We
all can (more or less) easily create a Gerrit Account and propose
changes, and there's mostly no reason to prevent a good patch from being
merged. So, I think it would be great, if more features and good patches
would arrive from outside and then be reviewed by the new platform team
(or even volunteers) :) so, don't ask for features, write them yourself!
(Don't vote me on that :P)


-----Original Message-----
Date: Mon, 03 Apr 2017 21:43:29 +0200
Subject: Re: [MediaWiki-l] Introducing the MediaWiki Platform Team!
From: Jasmine Smith <jassmith55 at outlook.com>
To: MediaWiki announcements and site admin list
<mediawiki-l at lists.wikimedia.org>

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>
>> 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
>> ideas and code in a more streamlined manner.
>> Regards,
>> Nischay
>> On Apr 2, 2017 8:52 PM, "Victoria Coleman" <vcoleman at wikimedia.org>
>> Hello everyone,
>> I am pleased to share with you the news about the formation of the
>> team in the Technology department, the MediaWiki Platform team![1]
>> The MediaWiki Platform team will be tasked with leading maintenance
>> improvements related to the core MediaWiki platform codebase. That
>> encouraging future development of the MediaWiki platform and
addressing the
>> technical debt that has accumulated during the 15-year history of
>> MediaWiki is an amazing, powerful, and complex open-source software
>> platform. The number and variety of extensions, and the wide variety
>> communities who have adopted MediaWiki as their method for knowledge
>> collection and dissemination, are a testament to its strength as a
>> platform.
>> Like any significant codebase with a long development history, there
>> remnants of design choices and experiments that are no longer in use,
>> some areas of code are in need of modernization. However, at its core
is a
>> large amount of highly functional, secure, performant code, capable
>> supporting a robust platform through the use of extensions and hooks.
>> 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
>> are now covered by dedicated teams like Security and Performance. The
>> MediaWiki Platform team will center their efforts on the core
codebase. The
>> team will also have a dedicated Product Manager who will be creating
>> platform roadmap in collaboration with the team, the Architecture
>> and the MediaWiki user community.
>> Specific goals for this team are to:
>> * Assist and encourage development of features for MediaWiki by
>> developers with a strong core.
>> * Undertake feature development work which is primarily architectural
>> nature.
>> * Facilitate the development and publication of MediaWiki's roadmap
>> assist coordination between internal and external users.
>> * Maintain and promote guidelines and standards for the MediaWiki
>> I am thrilled that Tim Starling has agreed to lead the team,
>> directly to me. He will be joined by Brion Vibber, Kunal Mehta and
>> Jorsch.  The team officially launches on Monday April 3, and will
>> the hiring and onboarding of additional team members in the coming
>> Their initial workplan will include core support for multi content
>> revisions for the Structured Data on Commons project and will be
>> 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
>> Engineering group. We will continue to learn from our collective
>> and expertise, and make adjustments to our composition and plans. I
>> appreciate the input provided by many in the community that helped
>> 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
>> 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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