[MediaWiki-l] Introducing the MediaWiki Platform Team!

Tim Starling tstarling at wikimedia.org
Tue Apr 4 03:19:52 UTC 2017

I think that given the interests of the team members, we have a good
chance of improving support for non-WMF users.

Brion and I spent countless hours as volunteers in the early days,
working to make MediaWiki into a viable installable product. Brion
wrote the first web installer, and I wrote most of the current one. We
answered questions on #mediawiki from all comers, responded to bug
reports, and did tarball releases. So we're both invested in seeing
this thing work.

Kunal Mehta is working for us part time. He is also involved in the MW
Stakeholders Group, and administers non-WMF wikis.

On 04/04/17 04:35, Brion Vibber wrote:
> We'll be primarily working on things for Wikimedia -- that's what people
> donate to WMF to support [...]

Yes, revenue is a big part of why it is a tough sell with WMF
management. And in the past when I have spoken about raising revenue
from MW users, there were concerns about mission creep.

We can certainly work on things that benefit both WMF and non-WMF
users of MediaWiki. It may even be possible for us to prioritize such

On the other hand, we will be refactoring, and there will be
deprecations. So extension developers, especially out-of-tree
extension developers, might have some extra work to do to keep up with

-- Tim Starling

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