Thanks for flagging those issues, Vojtěch.
We do need to figure out all the implications of the deprecation of this
As one starting point, I've created an umbrella task to look at data
retention for the MediaWiki extension on Phabricator and subscribed folks
who replied in this thread. That could be a place to organize and create
sub tasks that look into that issue more fully:
The other issue is feeling like you don't have an adequate replacement in
the Programs and Events Dashboard. I would encourage folks to adopt the
tool since the MediaWiki extension is not a viable option for the long
term. The dashboard does have some base level support and maintenance, and
you can give specific feedback on the Meta talk page here:
If you're completely new to the tool, there's even a training available
It would be particularly useful to know what is lacking in your view. Put
another way, what's keeping you from adopting the tool? At the moment, my
colleagues in Community Programs and Community Tech are looking into
conducting some user research since this need was one of the top wishes in
the most recent Community Wishlist Survey. Please add any feedback to the
Meta talk page or you can direct it to me via email and I will pass along.
Senior Manager, Wikipedia Education Program
On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 5:58 AM, Shani Evenstein <shani.e...@gmail.com>
> On 2 Feb 2018 09:43, "Sara Mörtsell" <sara.morts...@wikimedia.se> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'd really like to see the issues Vojtěch is raising addressed. I felt the
>> announcement about shutting down the Education extension was leaving out
>> important details about data retention for example.
>> On 2 February 2018 at 08:24, Vojtěch Dostál <vojtech.dos...@wikimedia.cz>
>> > Hello.
>> > I just read this:
>> > https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/News/January_
>> > Extension_scheduled_shutdown
>> > If WMF wants to shut something down, OK, but then it's WMF's
>> > to replace it adequately. In the article, I see no mention whatsoever
>> of :
>> > 1) *data retention *- how will WMF do this so that no data on courses
>> > enrolled students is lost? Please remember this is data manually
>> > by hundreds of volunteer teachers.
>> > 2)* providing a feasible alternative* - although Dashboard is very
>> > it doesn't really communicate with Wikipedia unless there is a bot
>> > transferring the data from Dashboard to userpages and coursepages on a
>> > respective wiki. Many people from our community actually prefer us using
>> > the Education extension because it displays information about students
>> > on-wiki. If Dashboard is to be the tool of choice for student courses,
>> > should be much easier to set up a bot to transfer this data.
>> > The Czech team is fairly big and professionalized and we could probably
>> > cope with (1) on our own and maybe (2), but it's 100 countries we're
>> > talking about here and I'd expect a more coordinated solution.
>> > What do others think?
>> > Vojtěch Dostál
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