Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lsjbot+Bot Acadeny

2014-09-18 Thread Gerard Meijssen
Hoi,
The mail by Anners REALLY deserves attention. It quotes numbers that fly in
the face of conventional wisdom that bots are bad. Evidently, it is quite
the opposite. Given the effects of the Rambot generated articles this
should not be a surprise really.

Given that this subject has so prominently featured in the press, it is
quite important to learn that the conventional wisdom consist only of
opinions and is evidently wrong.
Thanks,
  GerardM

On 17 September 2014 04:36, Anders Wennersten m...@anderswennersten.se
wrote:

 Lsjbot has now completed its run of generating articles for all species,
 with 310 000 on plants, making the total number generated above 1 300 000
 (source used: Catalogue of Life).  With Naskobot, having earlier generated
 some 85 000 articles on Swedish lakes and French communes etc., the total
 botgenerated articles on svwp are now 1,4 M

 The botgenerating efforts have received overwhelmingly positive feedback
 from the svwp  community, with comments like:
 *for editors it has become more stimulating writing new articles on
 related subjects. When we write of a place in Sweden we know that all
 mentioned lakes have articles, making the article better and more correct
 (no lakes mentioned are spelled incorrectly any longer). Also photo safaris
 are more fun when all lakes, even very small ones, are relevant to take
 photos of and include in articles
 *experts are more attracted participating  when they are guided to the
 stub from Google. Also we get feedback it is much easier to enter
 information on Wikipedia when the base skeleton is there already (taxobox,
 category, links in wikidata, picture, base sourceref). We see an increasing
 number of University classes in biology given he assignment to write
 (expand) articles on (not so known) species

 We are also gladdened by the hard numbers. Reader accesses show a healthy
 increase even from our already high number. And a trend of a slight
 decrease of editors has now turned into an increase.  We can not say for
 certain why and it could be temporary but we believe the botgenerated
 articles has a part of this positive development.

 Encouraged by this, we will now start what we call Bot Academy. A dozen of
 our experienced editors will, with the support from WMSE, learn more of
 running bots. First by sessions on basics, common knowledge stuff, in order
 for us to be able to use bot as a complement in our editing efforts. And
 after that we will have sessions for advanced use, taking in the learning
 from Lsjbot and Naskobot, in order to  see if also we can find areas where
 we from excellent sources can generate articles.

 For 2015 we are contemplating the following botgenerating efforts
 *lsj (sverker) will support other versions interested to run Lsjbot. He is
 now in discussion with Farsi and Arabic wp, where there are some
 interesting technical challenges related to the different alphabeticscript
 *we will scan best practices of bot generation on other versions (it, nl,
 id, vt, serbocroatia, farsi, ru etc) (it seems we have nothing to learn of
 this from the biggest seven...)
 *lsj will look into using the database used by Swedish libraries, with
 info of authors and books. Would it be feasible to generate articles on
 authors?
 *for myself I am continuing my initiative with the aim of fully integrate
 10 article of Swedish geographic entities with wikidata, in order to
 by the end to generate, if wanted,  up to 10 articles related to
 Swedish geography on 200 other versions. There is a lot needed of quality
 improvement of the articles first and also the Wikidata must get better
 before this can work, but perhaps it will be possible to get this going for
 a subset of articles in 2015 even if the full set will take some years
 longer before being ready to deploy

 Anders
 for examples, press slumpartikel (random artiicle) on
 https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Huvudsida

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] VisualEditor office hours for September and October

2014-09-18 Thread Erica Litrenta
Hi all,
James Forrester (Product Manager of VisualEditor) and I will be glad to
chat with you about VisualEditor's latest developments and plans for the
future today at 4pm UTC [1].

See you there!
Elitre (WMF)

[1]
http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?hour=16min=00sec=0day=18month=09year=2014
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[Wikimedia-l] Jessie's IDEO adventure

2014-09-18 Thread Anasuya Sengupta
Dear friends and colleagues,

Many of who have already heard from Jessie in multiple ways, but for those
who haven't: Jessie Wild, who currently heads the Learning and Evaluation
team in the Grantmaking department at WMF, is leaving for a year's
fellowship with Ideo.[1] Her last day at the Foundation is tomorrow.


We are going to miss her. Jessie has been an extraordinary and integral
part of WMF for the last four years, and demonstrated her initiative,
insight and leadership in each of the positions she’s ably held here. For
many of you, you may remember Jessie's first role was part of the
consultant team working on the 5 year strategy. Most recently and
importantly, she’s led the Learning and Evaluation team in the past year to
do some significant baseline research and impact analyses of our grants and
programs across the movement. This is work that lays the foundation for a
great deal of our strategic vision and direction going forward. Thank you
so much, Jessie, for all your strategic leadership, but even more: thank
you for who you are, and the heart you’ve always brought to your team, WMF
and the communities we support.

We are hoping that Jessie will rejoin us when she’s completed this
brilliant opportunity at IDEO (she’s one of four chosen from over 450
applicants!). However, the work we are doing with all of you on impact and
strategic outcomes for the movement is urgent and will need to be ramped up
even further over this year. We will be opening up this position to lead
the LE team soon, and keep you posted on it.

Jessie, thank you again for all your manifold contributions.

Warmly,

Anasuya

[1] http://www.ideo.org/fellows

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Jessie's IDEO adventure

2014-09-18 Thread Dariusz Jemielniak
Jessie has been a tremendous help in the FDC process, and her
professionalism will be difficult to replace. I hope she'll be back!

Dariusz Jemielniak pundit

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
wrote:

 Dear friends and colleagues,

 Many of who have already heard from Jessie in multiple ways, but for those
 who haven't: Jessie Wild, who currently heads the Learning and Evaluation
 team in the Grantmaking department at WMF, is leaving for a year's
 fellowship with Ideo.[1] Her last day at the Foundation is tomorrow.


 We are going to miss her. Jessie has been an extraordinary and integral
 part of WMF for the last four years, and demonstrated her initiative,
 insight and leadership in each of the positions she’s ably held here. For
 many of you, you may remember Jessie's first role was part of the
 consultant team working on the 5 year strategy. Most recently and
 importantly, she’s led the Learning and Evaluation team in the past year to
 do some significant baseline research and impact analyses of our grants and
 programs across the movement. This is work that lays the foundation for a
 great deal of our strategic vision and direction going forward. Thank you
 so much, Jessie, for all your strategic leadership, but even more: thank
 you for who you are, and the heart you’ve always brought to your team, WMF
 and the communities we support.

 We are hoping that Jessie will rejoin us when she’s completed this
 brilliant opportunity at IDEO (she’s one of four chosen from over 450
 applicants!). However, the work we are doing with all of you on impact and
 strategic outcomes for the movement is urgent and will need to be ramped up
 even further over this year. We will be opening up this position to lead
 the LE team soon, and keep you posted on it.

 Jessie, thank you again for all your manifold contributions.

 Warmly,

 Anasuya

 [1] http://www.ideo.org/fellows

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Jessie's IDEO adventure

2014-09-18 Thread Pine W
I'll repeat what I said earlier on the IEGCom email list: I appreciate
Jessie's positive approach to program evaluation. Also, the detail and
scope of evaluation reports has ramped up significantly over the past year,
which has been great to see. Thanks for all your work, Jessie.

Pine

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM, Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl
wrote:

 Jessie has been a tremendous help in the FDC process, and her
 professionalism will be difficult to replace. I hope she'll be back!

 Dariusz Jemielniak pundit

 On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org
 
 wrote:

  Dear friends and colleagues,
 
  Many of who have already heard from Jessie in multiple ways, but for
 those
  who haven't: Jessie Wild, who currently heads the Learning and Evaluation
  team in the Grantmaking department at WMF, is leaving for a year's
  fellowship with Ideo.[1] Her last day at the Foundation is tomorrow.
 
 
  We are going to miss her. Jessie has been an extraordinary and integral
  part of WMF for the last four years, and demonstrated her initiative,
  insight and leadership in each of the positions she’s ably held here. For
  many of you, you may remember Jessie's first role was part of the
  consultant team working on the 5 year strategy. Most recently and
  importantly, she’s led the Learning and Evaluation team in the past year
 to
  do some significant baseline research and impact analyses of our grants
 and
  programs across the movement. This is work that lays the foundation for a
  great deal of our strategic vision and direction going forward. Thank you
  so much, Jessie, for all your strategic leadership, but even more: thank
  you for who you are, and the heart you’ve always brought to your team,
 WMF
  and the communities we support.
 
  We are hoping that Jessie will rejoin us when she’s completed this
  brilliant opportunity at IDEO (she’s one of four chosen from over 450
  applicants!). However, the work we are doing with all of you on impact
 and
  strategic outcomes for the movement is urgent and will need to be ramped
 up
  even further over this year. We will be opening up this position to lead
  the LE team soon, and keep you posted on it.
 
  Jessie, thank you again for all your manifold contributions.
 
  Warmly,
 
  Anasuya
 
  [1] http://www.ideo.org/fellows
 
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[Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Announcements] The Signpost -- Volume 10, Issue 36 -- 17 September 2014

2014-09-18 Thread Wikipedia Signpost
In the media: Turkish Twitter outrage, medical translation, audience metrics
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-09-17/In_the_media

Traffic report: Tolstoy leads a varied pack
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-09-17/Traffic_report

News and notes: Wikipedia's traffic statistics are off by nearly one-third
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-09-17/News_and_notes

WikiProject report: A trip up north to Scotland
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-09-17/WikiProject_report

Featured content: Which is not like the others?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Signpost/2014-09-17/Featured_content


Single page view
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Signpost/Single

PDF version
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Jessie's IDEO adventure

2014-09-18 Thread Jane Darnell
I have also seen some significant improvements in both the chapter
reporting structure and the feedback loops, and of course this directly
impacts the overall ability to achieve strategic goals just by being able
to measure success and failure. Jesse will be sorely missed, but um, is
this IDEO? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IDEO

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 7:53 PM, Pine W wiki.p...@gmail.com wrote:

 I'll repeat what I said earlier on the IEGCom email list: I appreciate
 Jessie's positive approach to program evaluation. Also, the detail and
 scope of evaluation reports has ramped up significantly over the past year,
 which has been great to see. Thanks for all your work, Jessie.

 Pine

 On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:43 AM, Dariusz Jemielniak dar...@alk.edu.pl
 wrote:

  Jessie has been a tremendous help in the FDC process, and her
  professionalism will be difficult to replace. I hope she'll be back!
 
  Dariusz Jemielniak pundit
 
  On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM, Anasuya Sengupta 
 asengu...@wikimedia.org
  
  wrote:
 
   Dear friends and colleagues,
  
   Many of who have already heard from Jessie in multiple ways, but for
  those
   who haven't: Jessie Wild, who currently heads the Learning and
 Evaluation
   team in the Grantmaking department at WMF, is leaving for a year's
   fellowship with Ideo.[1] Her last day at the Foundation is tomorrow.
  
  
   We are going to miss her. Jessie has been an extraordinary and integral
   part of WMF for the last four years, and demonstrated her initiative,
   insight and leadership in each of the positions she’s ably held here.
 For
   many of you, you may remember Jessie's first role was part of the
   consultant team working on the 5 year strategy. Most recently and
   importantly, she’s led the Learning and Evaluation team in the past
 year
  to
   do some significant baseline research and impact analyses of our grants
  and
   programs across the movement. This is work that lays the foundation
 for a
   great deal of our strategic vision and direction going forward. Thank
 you
   so much, Jessie, for all your strategic leadership, but even more:
 thank
   you for who you are, and the heart you’ve always brought to your team,
  WMF
   and the communities we support.
  
   We are hoping that Jessie will rejoin us when she’s completed this
   brilliant opportunity at IDEO (she’s one of four chosen from over 450
   applicants!). However, the work we are doing with all of you on impact
  and
   strategic outcomes for the movement is urgent and will need to be
 ramped
  up
   even further over this year. We will be opening up this position to
 lead
   the LE team soon, and keep you posted on it.
  
   Jessie, thank you again for all your manifold contributions.
  
   Warmly,
  
   Anasuya
  
   [1] http://www.ideo.org/fellows
  
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Lsjbot+Bot Acadeny

2014-09-18 Thread Rachel diCerbo
This is wonderful news, Anders. It made me really happy to read this.
Thanks to everyone who worked to make this happen!

rachel

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 7:36 PM, Anders Wennersten m...@anderswennersten.se
 wrote:

 Lsjbot has now completed its run of generating articles for all species,
 with 310 000 on plants, making the total number generated above 1 300 000
 (source used: Catalogue of Life).  With Naskobot, having earlier generated
 some 85 000 articles on Swedish lakes and French communes etc., the total
 botgenerated articles on svwp are now 1,4 M

 The botgenerating efforts have received overwhelmingly positive feedback
 from the svwp  community, with comments like:
 *for editors it has become more stimulating writing new articles on
 related subjects. When we write of a place in Sweden we know that all
 mentioned lakes have articles, making the article better and more correct
 (no lakes mentioned are spelled incorrectly any longer). Also photo safaris
 are more fun when all lakes, even very small ones, are relevant to take
 photos of and include in articles
 *experts are more attracted participating  when they are guided to the
 stub from Google. Also we get feedback it is much easier to enter
 information on Wikipedia when the base skeleton is there already (taxobox,
 category, links in wikidata, picture, base sourceref). We see an increasing
 number of University classes in biology given he assignment to write
 (expand) articles on (not so known) species

 We are also gladdened by the hard numbers. Reader accesses show a healthy
 increase even from our already high number. And a trend of a slight
 decrease of editors has now turned into an increase.  We can not say for
 certain why and it could be temporary but we believe the botgenerated
 articles has a part of this positive development.

 Encouraged by this, we will now start what we call Bot Academy. A dozen of
 our experienced editors will, with the support from WMSE, learn more of
 running bots. First by sessions on basics, common knowledge stuff, in order
 for us to be able to use bot as a complement in our editing efforts. And
 after that we will have sessions for advanced use, taking in the learning
 from Lsjbot and Naskobot, in order to  see if also we can find areas where
 we from excellent sources can generate articles.

 For 2015 we are contemplating the following botgenerating efforts
 *lsj (sverker) will support other versions interested to run Lsjbot. He is
 now in discussion with Farsi and Arabic wp, where there are some
 interesting technical challenges related to the different alphabeticscript
 *we will scan best practices of bot generation on other versions (it, nl,
 id, vt, serbocroatia, farsi, ru etc) (it seems we have nothing to learn of
 this from the biggest seven...)
 *lsj will look into using the database used by Swedish libraries, with
 info of authors and books. Would it be feasible to generate articles on
 authors?
 *for myself I am continuing my initiative with the aim of fully integrate
 10 article of Swedish geographic entities with wikidata, in order to
 by the end to generate, if wanted,  up to 10 articles related to
 Swedish geography on 200 other versions. There is a lot needed of quality
 improvement of the articles first and also the Wikidata must get better
 before this can work, but perhaps it will be possible to get this going for
 a subset of articles in 2015 even if the full set will take some years
 longer before being ready to deploy

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[Wikimedia-l] Upcoming help sessions for drafting Individual Engagement Grant proposals

2014-09-18 Thread Siko Bouterse
Hi all,
As we announced earlier this month[1], September is the month to apply for
an Individual Engagement Grant[2]. The deadline to submit a proposal is
September 30.

To help you turn your ideas and projects into successful proposals, we’re
hosting a few IdeaLab Proposal Clinics in Hangouts and IRC this month.[3]
The first one took place on September 16. Newcomers had a chance to talk to
current and past grantees, as well as WMF Grantmaking staff, to workshop
ideas and strengthen their proposals.

If you have an idea you would like to submit, but feel unsure about how to
draft or finalize your proposal, join a session! There are three events
left before the deadline:

* IRC office hours in #wikimedia-office - Sept 23, 1600 UTC (Tuesday)
* Hangout - Sept 25, 1700 UTC (Thursday) [4]
* Hangout - Sept 28, 1700 UTC (Sunday) [5]

Join us next week to discuss your ideas, and bring any questions you have
about IEG!

Cheers,
Siko

[1]
https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimedia-l/2014-September/074239.html
[2] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IEG
[3] https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:IdeaLab/Events#Upcoming_events
[4]IdeaLab Clinic II. Join via Hangout:
https://plus.google.com/events/cvk8hivoih04ifc6pp3sl0se6s8?hl
[5] IdeaLab Clinic III. Join via Hangout:
https://plus.google.com/events/c82527nlv8jhkv17j963gs9gp6s?hl

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikimedia Brasil] Jessie's IDEO adventure

2014-09-18 Thread Jessie Wild
Thanks so much to everyone! It has been such an honor to join this
movement, and the things we have experimented with and done have been
exciting and fruitful.  I know we spend a lot of time talking about our
problems welcoming in newbies, but I felt so supported by so many of you
from my first day four years ago when I was brand new. Thank you for your
openness, your innovative ideas, your challenges to my thinking, and your
partnership in building things together.

One point of clarification: I'll actually be working with IDEO.org
http://ideo.org/, which is a spin-off of IDEO (and yes, Jane, that is the
Wikipedia article for IDEO)  It is a separate organization focused on
partnering with people in need to design paths out of poverty. I'm very
humbled for this opportunity, and look forward to sharing learning! I'm
pasting some info below with the announcement.

Obviously, stay in touch. I will be around :)

We’ve had an action-packed spring at IDEO.org
with lots of travel, a decision on our next class of
Global Fellows, and a very exciting project from
the archive heading to market. Here’s what we’ve
been up to this spring and summer.WELCOME 2015 GLOBAL FELLOWSAfter
reviewing 656 applications—all of which inspired and excited us—we’ve
chosen the 2015 class of Global Fellows! They hail from Malawi, Ireland,
Indiana, and the UK. They are doctors, inventors, entrepreneurs, and global
connectors, all with a dedication to elevating the poor through design. Let
us introduce William Kamkwamba, Rebecca Hope, Jessie Wild, and John
Collery! We can’t wait to see what change they'll make, what good they’ll
do.



*Copyright © 2014 IDEO.org, All rights reserved.*

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 1:28 PM, Everton Zanella Alvarenga t...@okfn.org.br
wrote:

 Congratulations, Jessie!

 It is super cool that you will bring your talent to other places! It was a
 pleasure to know and work with you! Thanks for everything you did for the
 Wikimedia movement and that you taught me whilst I had the opportunity to
 work together! You rock!

 P. S. We need create a page about IDEO in Portuguese, then I'll keep
 supporting you to learn our language. :P (could be a start!)

 Abraços!

 Tom

 2014-09-18 14:30 GMT-03:00 Anasuya Sengupta asengu...@wikimedia.org:

 Dear friends and colleagues,

 Many of who have already heard from Jessie in multiple ways, but for those
 who haven't: Jessie Wild, who currently heads the Learning and Evaluation
 team in the Grantmaking department at WMF, is leaving for a year's
 fellowship with Ideo.[1] Her last day at the Foundation is tomorrow.


 We are going to miss her. Jessie has been an extraordinary and integral
 part of WMF for the last four years, and demonstrated her initiative,
 insight and leadership in each of the positions she’s ably held here. For
 many of you, you may remember Jessie's first role was part of the
 consultant team working on the 5 year strategy. Most recently and
 importantly, she’s led the Learning and Evaluation team in the past year
 to
 do some significant baseline research and impact analyses of our grants
 and
 programs across the movement. This is work that lays the foundation for a
 great deal of our strategic vision and direction going forward. Thank you
 so much, Jessie, for all your strategic leadership, but even more: thank
 you for who you are, and the heart you’ve always brought to your team, WMF
 and the communities we support.

 We are hoping that Jessie will rejoin us when she’s completed this
 brilliant opportunity at IDEO (she’s one of four chosen from over 450
 applicants!). However, the work we are doing with all of you on impact and
 strategic outcomes for the movement is urgent and will need to be ramped
 up
 even further over this year. We will be opening up this position to lead
 the LE team soon, and keep you posted on it.

 Jessie, thank you again for all your manifold contributions.

 Warmly,

 Anasuya

 [1] http://www.ideo.org/fellows

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[Wikimedia-l] Invitation to beta-test HHVM

2014-09-18 Thread Ori Livneh
(apologies for cross-posting)

I'm happy to announce that HHVM is available on all Wikimedia wikis for
intrepid beta testers. HHVM, you'll recall, is an alternative runtime for
PHP that provides substantial performance improvements over the standard
PHP interpreter. Simply put: HHVM is software that runs on Wikimedia's
servers to make your reading and editing experience faster.

You can read more about HHVM here: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/HHVM

* How do I enable HHVM?

You can enable HHVM by opting in to the beta feature. This short animated
gif will show you how: http://people.wikimedia.org/~ori/hhvm_beta.gif.

Enabling the beta feature will set a special cookie in your browser. Our
servers are configured to route requests bearing this cookie to a pool of
servers that are running HHVM.

* How do I know that it's working?

Opting-in to the beta feature does not change the user interface in any
way. If you like, you can copy the following code snippet to the global.js
subpage of your user page on MetaWiki:

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ori.livneh/global.js

If you copy this script to your global.js, the personal bar will be
annotated with the name of the PHP runtime used to generate the page and
the backend response time. It looks like this:

http://people.wikimedia.org/~ori/hhvm_script.png

Edits made by users with HHVM enabled will be tagged with 'HHVM'. The tag
is there as a precaution, to help us clean up if we discover that HHVM is
mangling edits somehow. We don't expect this to happen.

* What sort of performance changes should I expect?

We expect HHVM to have a substantial impact on the time it takes to load,
preview, and save pages.

At the moment, API requests are not being handled by HHVM. Because
VisualEditor uses the API to save articles, opting in to the HHVM beta
feature will not impact the performance of VisualEditor. We hope to have
HHVM handling API requests next week.

* What sort of issues might I encounter?

Most of the bugs that we have encountered so far resulted from minute
differences in how PHP5 and HHVM handle various edge-cases. These bugs
typically cause a MediaWiki error page to be shown.

If you encounter an error, please report it on Bugzilla and tag with it the
'HHVM' keyword.


We're not done yet, but this is an important milestone. The roll-out of
HHVM as a beta feature caps many months of hard work from many developers,
both salaried and volunteer, from the Wikimedia Foundation, Wikimedia
Deutschland, and the broader Wikimedia movement.  I want to take this
opportunity to express my appreciation to the following individuals, listed
in alphabetical order:

Aaron Schulz, Alexandros Kosiaris, Brad Jorsch, Brandon Black, Brett
Simmers, Bryan Davis, Chad Horohoe, Chris Steipp, Erik Bernhardson, Erik
Möller, Faidon Liambotis, Filippo Giunchedi, Giuseppe Lavagetto, Greg
Grossmeier, Jack McBarn, Katie Filbert, Kunal Mehta, Mark Bergsma, Max
Semenik, Niklas Laxström, Rob Lanphier, and Tim Starling.

More good things to come! :)
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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-ambassadors] Invitation to beta-test HHVM

2014-09-18 Thread Erik Moeller
Ori and ...

 Aaron Schulz, Alexandros Kosiaris, Brad Jorsch, Brandon Black, Brett
 Simmers, Bryan Davis, Chad Horohoe, Chris Steipp, Erik Bernhardson,
 Faidon Liambotis, Filippo Giunchedi, Giuseppe Lavagetto, Greg
 Grossmeier, Jack McBarn, Katie Filbert, Kunal Mehta, Mark Bergsma, Max
 Semenik, Niklas Laxström, Rob Lanphier, and Tim Starling.

.. amazing work, everyone. This is a huge milestone and it's wonderful
to see the finish line come closer. Making and keeping our sites fast
is hugely important, and all evidence so far suggests that HHVM will
be one of the biggest gains ever. :)

Please, do help spread the word and give it a spin, as we iron out
remaining issues.

Erik

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