[Wikimedia-l] Proposal: MediaWiki Groups

Quim Gil qgil at wikimedia.org
Fri Dec 7 23:27:45 UTC 2012

On 12/04/2012 09:34 AM, Patricio Molina wrote:
> What a coincidence! We're just talking about this in Wikimedia Argentina
> and Iberocoop (I've forwarded your email from wikitech-l to them).
> I'm interested and looking forward to working with you on these groups :-)

¡Perfecto! Then keep reading:

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Re: Proposal: MediaWiki Groups
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2012 15:25:26 -0800
From: Quim Gil <qgil at wikimedia.org>
Organization: Wikimedia Foundation
To: Wikimedia developers <wikitech-l at lists.wikimedia.org>

After some valuable feedback from the Affiliations Committee and others,
plus a big wave of silent approval...


Feedback welcome again. As soon as we get consensus here and the green
light from the AffCom we will move the page to its official location.

Now, essentially:

MediaWiki Group = Wikimedia User Group + MediaWiki extension

Such extension is just a set of extra rules of coordination within the
MediaWiki community:

* Defined name schema: MediaWiki _something_ Group.
* Defined location of proposals.
* Discussion period in main MW mailing list.
* Defined location of main pages groups approved.
* Recommended: endorsement from MW maintainers or WMF devs.

The big change is located in the way a new group is created:


And we have moved away the idea of MediaWiki reps. We will deal with
that separately, with Wikimedia coordination (if there is an ongoing
discussion about this topic) or not.

How does this look like now?

And now the fun part:

IF you are reading these lines AND you are interested creating a group
just put your betatesting shirt on and head to


Without "MediaWiki" or "Group", as in


Start editing and reply to this thread in wikitech-l. You will help us
fine tuning this process while it's being setup and we will help you
becoming one of the first MediaWiki groups ever. Deal?

On 11/29/2012 04:50 PM, Quim Gil wrote:
 > Hi, here you have a first draft about MediaWiki Groups, and implicitly
 > MediaWiki reps:
 > http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Qgil/MediaWiki_groups
 > MediaWiki groups organize open source community activities within the
 > scope of specific topics and geographical areas. They extend the
 > capacity of the Wikimedia Foundation in events, training, promotion and
 > other technical activities benefiting Wikipedia, the Wikimedia movement
 > and the MediaWiki software.
 > Imagine MediaWiki Germany Group, MediaWiki Lua Group...
 > These groups may become a significant source of growth and wider
 > diversity of our community.
 > Please bring your ideas to the discussion page - or here. Thank you!

Quim Gil
Technical Contributor Coordinator @ Wikimedia Foundation

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