[Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] open positions at WMF

Jay Walsh jwalsh at wikimedia.org
Tue Mar 19 23:20:33 UTC 2013

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 3:35 PM, MZMcBride <z at mzmcbride.com> wrote:
> Platonides wrote:
>>On 19/03/13 00:54, Sumana Harihareswara wrote:
>>> Oh, and I noticed that you have some OTRS expertise -- could you maybe
>>> check out https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=22622 and let
>>> us know if you have some free time to volunteer your help? :-)
>>Is it really something where volunteers can help? I thought it wasn't
>>possible (private mail concerns blocking volunteer action).
>>BTW, why is WMF looking for a WordPress Developer? I think that if we
>>outgrew the current blog, the way to go would be to mediawikize it, not
>>to make something new still based in WP.
> Owwww. It kind of stings to read
> <http://hire.jobvite.com/Jobvite/Job.aspx?j=ou3gXfwu>, apparently a
> position listing from the Legal and Community Advocacy team, looking for a
> WordPress contractor to do a face-lift for the Wikimedia blog, when OTRS
> is struggling to stay functional. I don't do much OTRS-related work, but
> I find it easy to imagine some OTRS volunteers reading this and wondering
> what's going on.
> MZMcBride

Hi MZ - I don't disagree with the points about OTRS. I don't know the
software/interface well and can't speak to the resources needed to
address it, but I can speak to the wordpress post.

To be clear, this is really intended to be a super short-term work
contract. It's not a regular job, and not even part time. We've
budgeted a small amount of money for this work, and most of that is to
implement the updated designs that we've had for a while, which are
focused on showcasing a wider number of topic areas, more multilingual
posts, and more involvement from the community.

We're really interested in wiki-fying the blog at some point too, or
at least marrying more of the technologies. I'd love to us to use a
wiki-based system, but that's a bit further down the pipeline. I'd
like to see us incorporate SUL so Wikimedia project usernames could be
used for comments and posting. I think that will be a question of
using our very limited resources, but I'm super interested in that.

Jay Walsh
Senior Director, Communications
+1 (415) 839 6885 x 6609, @jansonw

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