[Wikimedia-l] What makes a good small (tech) project

2013-09-25 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
Sometimes I see Wikimedians mention Google Summer of Code when they want
to find someone to work on a code project. (Example: [0]) This makes
sense sometimes. If you think your idea might be a good project for a
student -- or you want help to make it that -- please do put it on the
possible projects page, and Quim or others will help you refine it.[1]
Now's a good time to do that, so that Outreach Program for Women
applicants can consider your idea when they apply for the January-March
round.

For the three-month programming internships, such as GSoC and some OPW
projects, we have to cut down how much they try to do, to make sure it
gets done and gets onto the site. So sometimes we'll need to take only
the simplest part of your idea and turn it into the project idea.

But the only way we can help you get some of your idea made is if we
hear about it! So if you have the seed of an idea, please go ahead and
put it on the possible projects page[1] instead of just saying to
yourself oh it sounds way too big.

Also, check out what some past Outreach Program for Women interns have
done.[2] Maybe your community could use help in systems administration,
marketing, template-making, writing automated tests, or other work that
GSoC won't let us have as a GSoC project.


[0]
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikimediaindia-l/2013-March/thread.html#9626
[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mentorship_programs/Possible_projects
[2] https://wiki.gnome.org/OutreachProgramForWomen#Previous_Participants
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Wikimedia Foundation

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. If you need to talk about Wikimedia technical community stuff or
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Looking forward to coming back in January.

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[Wikimedia-l] Etherpad Lite labs instance going down in two days - backup time

2013-09-04 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
Reminder: etherpad.wmflabs.org will end in two days.
-Sumana

On 08/23/2013 01:20 PM, Sumana Harihareswara wrote:
 And just as a reminder: etherpad.wikimedia.org is not a production-level
 service, and therefore any data within an etherpad
 should be considered both public and able to disappear at any time.
 This is one reason I recommend that people use Etherpads for short-term
 defined collaboration sessions, and frequently do backups, and always
 archive documents to a wiki after a session ends.
 
 -- Sumana Harihareswara Engineering Community Manager Wikimedia
 Foundation On 08/23/2013 04:16 PM, Sumana Harihareswara wrote:
  Thanks to Mark Holmquist for maintaining http://etherpad.wmflabs.org for
  the past long while. It is going down in 2 weeks, so please retrieve
  your text.
  
  I recommend that you:
  
  * go into your browser history
  * search it for etherpad.wmflabs.org
  * go to each of those pads and copy-and-paste the content someplace,
  preferably on a public wiki, even if it's just in your userspace
  * replace the content of the Etherpad with a link to the wiki page
  you've moved the text to
  
  -Sumana
  
  
   Original Message 
  Subject: [Wikitech-l] Etherpad Lite labs instance going down in two
  weeks - backup time
  Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:02:13 -0700
  From: Mark Holmquist mtrac...@member.fsf.org
  Reply-To: Wikimedia developers wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org
  To: wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org, engineer...@lists.wikimedia.org,
  lab...@lists.wikimedia.org
  
  The day we have all equally hoped for and dreaded is come to pass: Etherpad
  Lite has now replaced Etherpad Classic in production, and the labs
  instance
  is on its way out.
  
  This is my as-wide-as-possible email warning to say that everything on the
  labs instance, as really should have been expected, is going to be gone
  soon.
  Not immediately - we intend to give you two weeks to get your important 
  data
  off the instance and onto the new one at https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/ -
  but you should _absolutely_ be moving things as soon as possible. We will
  also keep a data dump around, in case anything else needs to get pulled out
  of the pads, but I would suggest not relying on that if you don't have to.
  
  And in the future: If a URL has wmflabs.org in it...don't put anything,
  ANYTHING, important there. The purpose of labs is to let us experiment with
  new technology without having to worry about reliability.
  
  Thanks so much for your help and understanding in the course of this
  migration.
  
  tl;dr: http://etherpad.wmflabs.org is going down in 2 weeks, get yer
  stuff off it.


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[Wikimedia-l] software projects for chapters, thematic orgs, and others

2013-08-29 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
; another idea was to
 build a kind of technical committee to help collect and refine these ideas.
 Then of course there is the actual technical work of addressing these
 requests.
 
 I don't know if working on this would fit in with what any of the chapters
 are doing, but it does seem like a social/technical/community area that
 could use some energy.

Check out the notes from the Engineering Community Team's Wikimania
session
https://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Submissions/Transparency_and_collaboration_in_Wikimedia_engineering
 to see some ideas of where this is already happening -- Quim also
talked about that in this thread -- and how we're encouraging people to
participate. Our team's happy to help guide people who want to learn how
to do this kind of liaising, triaging, and sharing.

Daniel Mietchen discussed porting and maintaining tools like Citation bot:

 I could imagine that certain types of bots, tools and gadgets would
 benefit if handled and developed with support from a chapter. 
...
 due to ongoing developments in other
 areas (e.g. citation templates), adaptations are necessary on an
 ongoing basis. Who should do that? And what about feature requests?
 
 Some bot owners manage to handle all this on their own, but having
 support from a chapter for such things (on an opt-in basis) or for
 feature requests from the wider community would probably be widely
 appreciated.

to which John Vandenberg replied:

 Is there a list of such tools that have been identified as needing paid 
 support?

I believe Silke Meyer of WMDE is the best person to speak definitively
about this so I'll defer to her. But yes, I would love for more
Wikimedia organizations to customize, maintain, port, translate, and
otherwise improve bots, tools, and gadgets.

Here are some instructions regarding documenting, localising and porting
templates and gadgets -- written by one of our past OPW interns:

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/File:Extension_cite.pdf

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/File:Documenting_noteworthy_local_templates.pdf

According to Arjuna Rao Chavala,
https://wikimania2013.wikimedia.org/wiki/Submissions/Essentials_for_Nurturing_Small_Wikis
it's really helpful to smaller Wikipedias to help them adopt tools like
HotCat and Twinkle and bots.

Nemo wrote on Aug 24:
 I offer myself as example of bad responsible for a small 
 technical project by a chapter (WMIT) some years ago. We managed to help 
 Kiwix a bit but we miserably failed with (Wikisource/Wikibooks) books 
 management improvements: at some point I no longer had the time and 
 mental strength to discuss and make decisions about the money the board 
 had trusted me with; when I finally got the board to replace me, we 
 failed to get the new responsible begin and restart/complete the job, 
 till the board/assembly removed it from the annual budget.

Nemo, I'm glad you mentioned this problem. What do you think would be
necessary in order to make future WMIT tech initiatives successful?
Mentorship from more experienced IT project managers? Frequent check-ins
to find dropped tasks faster? Paid contractors for engineering or
administration? I'm just giving ideas - maybe you have an idea of what
you would do, if you could do this over again. (And thank you for
trying, and for talking about failure openly.)

I hope this is helpful (though long!). And thanks to Markus Glaser and
others who spoke with me at Wikimania to think through a lot of this.

-- 
Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

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[Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Etherpad Lite labs instance going down in two weeks - backup time

2013-08-23 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
Thanks to Mark Holmquist for maintaining http://etherpad.wmflabs.org for
the past long while. It is going down in 2 weeks, so please retrieve
your text.

I recommend that you:

* go into your browser history
* search it for etherpad.wmflabs.org
* go to each of those pads and copy-and-paste the content someplace,
preferably on a public wiki, even if it's just in your userspace
* replace the content of the Etherpad with a link to the wiki page
you've moved the text to

-Sumana


 Original Message 
Subject: [Wikitech-l] Etherpad Lite labs instance going down in two
weeks - backup time
Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:02:13 -0700
From: Mark Holmquist mtrac...@member.fsf.org
Reply-To: Wikimedia developers wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org
To: wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org, engineer...@lists.wikimedia.org,
lab...@lists.wikimedia.org

The day we have all equally hoped for and dreaded is come to pass: Etherpad
Lite has now replaced Etherpad Classic in production, and the labs
instance
is on its way out.

This is my as-wide-as-possible email warning to say that everything on the
labs instance, as really should have been expected, is going to be gone
soon.
Not immediately - we intend to give you two weeks to get your important data
off the instance and onto the new one at https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/ -
but you should _absolutely_ be moving things as soon as possible. We will
also keep a data dump around, in case anything else needs to get pulled out
of the pads, but I would suggest not relying on that if you don't have to.

And in the future: If a URL has wmflabs.org in it...don't put anything,
ANYTHING, important there. The purpose of labs is to let us experiment with
new technology without having to worry about reliability.

Thanks so much for your help and understanding in the course of this
migration.

tl;dr: http://etherpad.wmflabs.org is going down in 2 weeks, get yer
stuff off it.

-- 
Mark Holmquist
Software Engineer, Multimedia
Wikimedia Foundation
mtrac...@member.fsf.org
https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/User:MHolmquist

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Fwd: Etherpad Lite labs instance going down in two weeks - backup time

2013-08-23 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
And just as a reminder: etherpad.wikimedia.org is not a production-level
service, and therefore any data within an etherpad
should be considered both public and able to disappear at any time.
This is one reason I recommend that people use Etherpads for short-term
defined collaboration sessions, and frequently do backups, and always
archive documents to a wiki after a session ends.

-- 
Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

On 08/23/2013 04:16 PM, Sumana Harihareswara wrote:
 Thanks to Mark Holmquist for maintaining http://etherpad.wmflabs.org for
 the past long while. It is going down in 2 weeks, so please retrieve
 your text.
 
 I recommend that you:
 
 * go into your browser history
 * search it for etherpad.wmflabs.org
 * go to each of those pads and copy-and-paste the content someplace,
 preferably on a public wiki, even if it's just in your userspace
 * replace the content of the Etherpad with a link to the wiki page
 you've moved the text to
 
 -Sumana
 
 
  Original Message 
 Subject: [Wikitech-l] Etherpad Lite labs instance going down in two
 weeks - backup time
 Date: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 13:02:13 -0700
 From: Mark Holmquist mtrac...@member.fsf.org
 Reply-To: Wikimedia developers wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org
 To: wikitec...@lists.wikimedia.org, engineer...@lists.wikimedia.org,
 lab...@lists.wikimedia.org
 
 The day we have all equally hoped for and dreaded is come to pass: Etherpad
 Lite has now replaced Etherpad Classic in production, and the labs
 instance
 is on its way out.
 
 This is my as-wide-as-possible email warning to say that everything on the
 labs instance, as really should have been expected, is going to be gone
 soon.
 Not immediately - we intend to give you two weeks to get your important data
 off the instance and onto the new one at https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/ -
 but you should _absolutely_ be moving things as soon as possible. We will
 also keep a data dump around, in case anything else needs to get pulled out
 of the pads, but I would suggest not relying on that if you don't have to.
 
 And in the future: If a URL has wmflabs.org in it...don't put anything,
 ANYTHING, important there. The purpose of labs is to let us experiment with
 new technology without having to worry about reliability.
 
 Thanks so much for your help and understanding in the course of this
 migration.
 
 tl;dr: http://etherpad.wmflabs.org is going down in 2 weeks, get yer
 stuff off it.
 


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[Wikimedia-l] HTTPS for logged-in users delayed. New date: August 28

2013-08-21 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
This is a forward from the wikitech-ambassadors list.
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/HTTPS is now updated with the new date.


 Original Message 
Subject: [Wikitech-ambassadors] Fwd: HTTPS for logged in users delayed.
New date: August 28
Date: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:30:51 -0700
From: Rob Lanphier ro...@wikimedia.org
Reply-To: Coordination of technology deployments across
languages/projects wikitech-ambassad...@lists.wikimedia.org
To: Coordination of technology deployments across languages/projects
wikitech-ambassad...@lists.wikimedia.org

Hi everyone,

After assessing the current readiness (or lack thereof) of our HTTPS
code, we've decided to postpone the deployment for a week.  We have a
number of things that we'd like to get cleaner resolution on:

*  Use of GeoIP vs enabling on per wiki basis
*  Use of a preference vs login form checkbox vs hidden option vs
sensible default
*  How interactions with login.wikimedia.org will work
*  Validation of our HTTPS test methodology

The new plan is to deploy on Wednesday, August 28 between 20:00 UTC
and 23:00 UTC.  Prior to that, we plan on having a very limited
deployment to our test wikis, and we're also planning to deploy to
mediawiki.org.  Assuming this is sorted out and we have made our test
deployments by end of day Monday, August 26, we should have time to
validate our assumptions and give people time to see the new system in
action.

More info is (or will be) available here:
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/HTTPS
(or here if you prefer: http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/HTTPS )

Thanks everyone for your patience.

Rob

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[Wikimedia-l] Software projects a chapter could take on

2013-07-28 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
Subject: was Re: About the concentration of resources in SF (it was:
Communication plans for community engagement)

I hope Erik doesn't mind if I jump in here and give my opinion.  I'm
also cc'ing Markus from WCA to highlight that I'd love to hear his
opinion here.

Chapters are especially well-placed to do Wikimedia-related development
because the people of chapters already know a lot about what their
communities need.  For instance, if the people who edit WMF sites for
your language have to do a lot of tedious work to maintain the main
page, you could translate and insert the template that helps automate
that, which some volunteers wrote for Tamil Wikipedia:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-ambassadors/2013-May/000263.html
 If the Wikipedia in your language doesn't have the Comments in Local
Time gadget that changes UTC-based times and dates, such as those used
in signatures, to be relative to local time, you can localise and add
this gadget to your wiki:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Comments_in_Local_Time

Chapters who have never taken on any MediaWiki-related software projects
before should probably take a look through
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Mentorship_programs/Possible_projects .
The projects listed are good for students and first time contributors,
and the MediaWiki development community is ready to give guidance -- for
each Featured Project Idea you see a mentor who's agreed to shepherd new
contributors who want to work on it.  You are invited to work on any of
these items.  The estimate of how long it would take for you to complete
one of these items strongly depends on how much skill the developer
already has in PHP/JavaScript/jQuery/CSS, responding to code review,
asking for help when stuck, and learning from the answers.  But we
expect that a college-level student with some experience in PHP could
potentially do any of the Featured Project Ideas as a three-month project.

Also on that page, Raw projects are interesting ideas that have been
proposed but might lack definition, consensus or mentors.

And I see Erik has replied in another message so I should read that
before I continue. :)

-- 
Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 08:17:57 +0200, Michał Buczyński wrote:
 Hi,
 
 +1 to this question.
 
 If we learn that there are items where we are invited to the MediaWiki and 
 some estimates how many e.g. developerdays we would need to finance so we 
 know it is possible.
 
 However, we should mind that most of the chapters are not really development 
 houses and we are lacking experience in this area.
 
 michał.
  
  28 lipca 2013 5:41 Craig Franklin cfrank...@halonetwork.net napisał(a):
 
 
  
   Hi Erik (and whomever from WMDE),
  
  For the benefit of chapters that are interested in this space, can you
  offer any examples of projects that are of an appropriate size and type for
  a chapter to take on? I think that most chapters* would be willing to help
  out in the software development space if we got a bit of direction on how
  we could be the most useful.
  
  Cheers,
  Craig Franklin
  
  * Keeping in mind that my chapter probably wouldn't have the capacity to
  start anything in this space for at least another twelve months.
  
  
  On 27 July 2013 09:57, Erik Moeller e...@wikimedia.org wrote:
  
   On Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM, rupert THURNER
   rupert.thur...@gmail.com wrote:
  
If WMF is serious about letting development activities grow in other
countries this might be taken into account in FDCs allocation policy.
  
   For my part, I'm happy to offer feedback to the FDC on plans related
   to the development of engineering capacity in FDC-funded
   organizations. I'm sure Wikimedia Germany, too, would be happy to
   share its experiences growing the Wikidata development team. I'd love
   to find ways to bootstrap more engineering capacity across the
   movement, as so many of our shared challenges have a software
   engineering component. If any folks on-list want to touch base on
   these questions at Wikimania, drop me a note. :)
  
   Erik
  
   --
   Erik Möller
   VP of Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Foundation


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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Happy Sysadmin Appreciation Day!

2013-07-26 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
On 07/26/2013 03:09 AM, Manuel Schneider wrote:
 my congratulations and all the best!
 
 
 /Manuel

I second this sentiment. :)  People who want to understand what the
Wikimedia Foundation operations staff does might like a blog post from
February.[0]  Ops is under Technical Operations in Engineering and
Product Development on the staff page[1] in case you want to recognize
them and buy them refreshing beverages at Wikimania. :)

I also specifically thank the volunteers who improve Wikimedia's
infrastructure.  For instance, if you look at the changes being
suggested to our system administration-related code,[2] you'll see lots
of names in there -- for instance, AzaToth, Alex Monk, Petr Bena, Sanja
pavlovic, Physikerwelt, liangent, Hazard-SJ, TTO (This, that and the
other), Tzafrir Cohen, Rillke, Jeremyb, Platonides, Nemo bis, Vogone,
odder, Lupo, and more -- plus engineers from Wikimedia Germany and
Wikimedia Foundation.  As of right now there are at least 250 changes
merged into the operations/puppet repository from people who don't work
at WMF.[3]  Volunteers have also been key in building, testing,
supporting, and documenting new parts of Wikimedia's infrastructure,
such as Tool Labs and the beta cluster.[4][5][6]

Thanks to all the people who have built and maintained infrastructure
for the Wikimedia movement over the past twelve-plus years, no matter
where you worked.


[0]
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/02/05/how-the-technical-operations-team-stops-problems-in-their-tracks/
[1] https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff?showall=1
[2] https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/q/project:%255Eoperations.*,n,z
[3]
https://gerrit.wikimedia.org/r/#/q/project:operations/puppet+-owner:%22Ryan+Lane%22+-owner:%22Asher%22+-owner:%22Pyoungmeister%22+-owner:%22Mark+Bergsma%22+-owner:%22Faidon%22+-owner:%22Lcarr%22+-owner:%22Jgreen%22++-owner:%22Andrew+Bogott%22+-owner:%22Sara%22+-owner:%22Tim+Starling%22+-owner:%22ArielGlenn%22+-owner:%22Bhartshorne%22+-owner:%22Dzahn%22+-owner:%22RobH%22+-owner:%22Ottomata%22+-owner:%22MaxSem%22+-owner:%22Hashar%22+-owner:%22Manybubbles%22+-owner:%22Demon%22+-owner:%22Ori.livneh%22+-owner:%22Catrope%22+-owner:%22QChris%22+-owner:%22coren%22+-owner:%22Aklapper%22+-owner:%22Reedy%22+-owner:%22Spage%22+-owner:%22MarkTraceur%22+-owner:%22Dr0ptp4kt%22+-owner:%22Yuvipanda%22+-owner:%22Cmjohnson%22+-owner:%22Aaron+Schulz%22+-owner:%22Gwicke%22+-owner:%22Springle%22+-owner:%22Akosiaris%22+-owner:%22BBlack%22+-owner:%22Yurik%22+-owner:%22Jalexander%22+-owner:%22Krinkle%22+-owner:%22mwang%22+-owner:%22Diederik%22+-owner:%22Matthias+Mullie%22+-owner:%22Bsitu%22+-owner:%22Siebrand
%22+-owner:%22Mattflaschen%22+-owner:%22Mwalker%22+-owner:%22Awjrichards%22+-owner:%22lwelling%22+-owner:%22Brion+VIBBER%22+-owner:%22Nikerabbit%22+-owner:%22preilly%22+-owner:%22Milimetric%22+-owner:%22Jdlrobson%22+-owner:%22anomie%22+-owner:%22Rfaulk%22+-owner:%22Ram%22,p,0023be09d2cf

[4] http://tools.wmflabs.org/
[5] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Beta_cluster
[6] https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:RecentChanges
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Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

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[Wikimedia-l] quarterly review notes from Engineering Community Team

2013-07-22 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
Agenda and minutes from the second quarterly review of the Engineering
Community Team:

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Volunteer_coordination_and_outreach/ECT_July_2013_quarterly_review

Some highlights:
* The Community Liaisons (coordinated through the Legal  Community
Advocacy group) will continue to work on specific big changes that
require a lot of communication and feedback facilitation, such as
VisualEditor, Flow, and some mobile changes.  Engineering Community Team
will continue to support communication about smaller deployments and
about general engineering activity.
* We're cautiously optimistic about helping volunteers learn to write
more automated browser tests for gadgets, to reduce breakage.  Chris
McMahon has just started:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/qa/2013-July/000198.html
* Now that Tool Labs users can use replicated databases, I need to
reassess the pain points of current and potential users.  I anticipate
we'll learn some of that during the documentation sprint this week:
http://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/labs-l/2013-July/001428.html

I was remiss and did not publicize the first of the ECT quarterly
reviews, which took place in February; agenda and minutes are here:

https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Volunteer_coordination_and_outreach/ECT_Feb_2013_quarterly_review

You can keep up on our work more frequently here:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Platform_Engineering#Engineering_Community_Team
and you can read about our goals for the next year here:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Engineering/2013-14_Goals#Wikimedia_Technical_Community

Thank you.
-- 
Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

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[Wikimedia-l] Somebody Will

2013-06-03 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
Cynics, skip this message!

http://www.sassafrassmusic.com/songs/sci-fi-fantasy-fandom/somebody-will/

I came across this sentimental song about a world of encouragement and
productivity, in which everyone is encouraged to create, support and
work toward ideals and it reminded me of our shared mission, so I
wanted to share it with you.
-Sumana

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[Wikimedia-l] making tech journalism easier to read

2013-05-20 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
When you're trying to write a blog.wikimedia.org entry or
wikitech-ambassadors email about a technical topic, but you want to make
sure nontechnical Wikimedians can read it, is there an automated check
you can run through?

For general readability we have http://www.readability-score.com/ to
check, for example, the Flesch-Kincaid reading ease.  My blog entry
https://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/02/05/how-the-technical-operations-team-stops-problems-in-their-tracks/
has a grade level of 11.5, meaning that it would be difficult for
someone to read it unless they had about as much English fluency as an
average US student in their last year of pre-college schooling.  In the
future I will probably aim more for a grade level of 10 or so; we have a
lot of non-native English speakers in our community.  I think it's too
difficult to rewrite everything in Up-Goer 5 http://splasho.com/upgoer5/
or Simple English Wikipedia style, even for regular-person-friendly blog
entries about WMF Engineering,[0] but I am willing to be told if I am wrong.

Aside from general readability, I also want to be careful about using
jargon, and substitute more accessible terminology where possible. I may
whip up a script to check whether some text has words from
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Glossary and the other site glossaries
in it, unless someone has a better idea.

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Sumana Harihareswara
Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

[0] I just tried rewriting a couple sentences from my blog post in
Up-Goer 5 style. Now, we are looking forward to making more places to
give people their words and pictures, more quickly. The team is planning
to make another place like that.

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[Wikimedia-l] volunteers who don't know about opportunities

2013-02-24 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
 Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:31:59 +0800
 From: Josh Lim jamesjoshua...@yahoo.com
 To: Wikimedia Mailing List wikimedia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
 Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Are chapters part of the community and
   board   seats for affiliates?
 Message-ID: 56a3c552-d6ed-47ba-8ea2-e56f9a1b8...@yahoo.com
 
 On Feb 23, 2013, at 4:27 AM, Fae fae...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 The vast majority of volunteers like the idea that there is a Chapter
 they can turn to to ask for help, or to get their idea for a project
 reviewed, funded and looking official. If a volunteer came to a
 wikimeet with a brilliant idea for a project, but said they could not
 stand the stupid bureaucracy of chapters, I'd say excellent mate, you
 go for it and I'll see what I can do to help with funding if you need
 it.
 
 I'm inclined to believe that bureaucracy exists despite, not because of, 
 chapters.  As it is, volunteers, especially those from the Global South, can 
 be classified into two types:
 
 1. They're detached: they're part of the community, but they don't know 
 about the support options open to them
 2. They're so involved in the community, they could care less about the 
 bureaucracy (in my university, this is called going down the hill, as my 
 university is on a hill)
 
 Chapters aside, I'm in fact curious to know how many volunteers do know about 
 the Foundation's grants system, or the research program, or heck, Wikimedia 
 User Groups or Wikimania scholarships.  Granted, it's a good thing that 
 volunteers have options open for them whether or not they want to deal with 
 the bureaucracy, but it's all for nought if they're left unaware of those 
 options.
 
 Josh
 
 JAMES JOSHUA G. LIM

I just wanted to follow up on this and reinforce Josh Lim's point.

Yesterday, I spent several hours chatting with volunteers, seasoned and
new, at the Wikipedia Day that the New York City chapter put together:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Wikipedia_Day (thank
you, volunteers of New York City!).  I was dismayed at how few people
knew about the Participation Support subsidies that they could apply for
to help them do outreach (more on that  related opportunities at
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:Start ).

In my role helping MediaWiki sysadmins and developers, I often ask
whether they've heard of our conferences, our paid internships, our
online events, and so on.  More and more of the undergraduate students
have heard of Google Summer of Code
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Summer_of_Code_2013 , but graduate
students often don't know that they're eligible, and students in North
America and Europe often haven't heard of it.

I don't know the answer.  Like Josh, I don't know how well our publicity
about these things is penetrating our volunteer communities, and I don't
know what level of penetration I would be satisfied with.  I suspect
that others have better answers regarding what we've tried, what works,
and what we're doing next, and I'd love to hear them.

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Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Wikimedia Foundation's support of OTRS

2013-02-21 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
I am sorry for breaking threading; my undigestify plugin is giving me
an error.

I'm looking at https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/22622 -- Upgrade
Wikimedia OTRS installation from 2.4.x CVS to the latest version
(3.2.1) -- and I see that Wikimedia Foundation's Rob Halsell has been
trying to get in touch with Martin Edenhofer, the OTRS inventor, to get
him onto the next step of helping out.  If anyone knows Edenhofer and
can ask him to reply, that would be great, even if it's just to say
sorry but this isn't something I can take on.  Resolving that will
reduce the cookie-licking
http://communitymgt.wikia.com/wiki/Cookie_Licking and make it easier
for others to coordinate.

I believe one thing that's needed is a clear commitment or confirmation
from the Foundation -- do we plan to upgrade or replace OTRS, or not?
If so, what is our timeframe? I've asked CT Woo, head of WMF Operations,
to please comment on the bug or on the list.  Since there are security
implications, I've also notified our Security Engineer, Chris Steipp, to
remind him of the current situation.

And another thing that's needed is clarity from WMF Legal on whether it
would be okay for a chapter or other affiliated group to work on
upgrading/moving/hosting/switching from OTRS, and whether there are EU
data privacy restrictions.  So I've asked Legal for comment.  Once we
understand that better, I can help Peter Gervai and Madman get going,
whether to help with an in-place upgrade, a move, or something else;
thank you so much for your offer!

Rjd0060, thanks for the link to open bugs in WMF's Bugzilla about OTRS
problems
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/buglist.cgi?bug_status=NEWbug_status=ASSIGNEDbug_status=REOPENEDcomponent=OTRSproduct=Wikimedia.
 I've asked our Bug Wrangler, Andre Klapper, and our bug wrangling
intern Valerie Juarez, to take a look at those tickets just to
double-check their priority so it's clear what problems the out-of-date
OTRS system is causing.

I've also emailed labs-l to follow up on Madman's question regarding the
status of https://labsconsole.wikimedia.org/wiki/Nova_Resource:Otrs
(the OTRS Labs project).

Thomas Morton, if you can forward me the note where the WMF promised an
update to OTRS early this year, that would be great to help me chase
this down. :-)

I am glad that people have been bringing this up and pushing for a
better toolset and experience for our volunteers.  Hope I can help.

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[Wikimedia-l] Thanks for reports

2013-02-09 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all the people who write
summaries and reports of what they and their groups are doing.  For
instance, the chapters' reports, the GLAM newsletter, the weekly
Wikipedia Signpost, and the monthly WMF-wide reports are valuable to me;
in practically every one, I learn something that helps me do my job
better.  I know that each one takes time to put together and I
appreciate your work.  Thank you.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Aaron Swartz is dead

2013-01-12 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
It's shocking, horrible news.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:AaronSw/Election - he ran for the
Board in 2006.  See http://www.aaronsw.com/weblog/morewikipedians
Making More Wikipedians.

Some more links and memories at
http://www.metafilter.com/123777/Open-access-open-internet-closed-book .

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] No access to the Uzbek Wikipedia in Uzbekistan

2012-12-27 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
On 12/27/2012 10:46 AM, Marc A. Pelletier wrote:
 On 27/12/2012 5:54 AM, Anonymous User wrote:
 thank you again for your answers so far. I would have had hoped to have
 more voices participating, but everyone who did agreed that it should be
 done.

 
 I think this is the closest I've ever seen to universal support on
 Wikimedia-l ever.  :-)
 
 -- Coren / Marc

So, I just asked Chris Steipp (WMF engineer in charge of software
security) for his thoughts on this:

  I can add a, I think it's a good idea to the list, but Ops will need to be 
 ok with the shift. I don't think it would be a problem, but it does mean 
 google spidering our https site, and that may concern them. I think ops would 
 also be the ones to implement the actual change.

So in my opinion we can move discussion over to
https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43466 (when serving
Uzbek Wikipedia, make HTTPS canonical).  I've asked a bug wrangler to
contact Ops about it as well.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] No access to the Uzbek Wikipedia in Uzbekistan

2012-12-27 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
On 12/27/2012 03:08 PM, Sumana Harihareswara wrote:

 So in my opinion we can move discussion over to
 https://bugzilla.wikimedia.org/show_bug.cgi?id=43466 (when serving
 Uzbek Wikipedia, make HTTPS canonical).  I've asked a bug wrangler to
 contact Ops about it as well.

(Maybe I should just include a link to
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Glossary in every email I send because I
do use a lot of jargon!  Sorry about that.)

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[Wikimedia-l] Tech-related lists you might not know about

2012-08-24 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
I've just updated
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Overview#Mediawiki_and_technical
.  Sorry for the spam, but you may want to skim that and see whether
there are lists there you should join.  I especially want to single out:

mediawiki-i18n -- localisation and internationalisation
wikitech-ambassadors
analytics
wikitext-l -- the new Visual Editor  parser
wikidata-l

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Event coordinators: how to create many accounts from 1 IP address

2012-07-26 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
Thanks to everyone who helped work on this documentation.  I really
appreciate it.  Please distribute
https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mass_account_creation and, within it,
link to the relevant becoming an account creator pages on particular
wikis.

Thanks.
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Engineering Community Manager
Wikimedia Foundation


On 05/24/2012 06:15 PM, Asaf Bartov wrote:
 Thanks, Alex!  That was what I was looking for. :)
 
 It is now mentioned in the instructions on Meta. :)
 
 Cheers,
 
Asaf
 
 On Thu, May 24, 2012 at 3:02 PM, J Alexandr Ledbury-Romanov 
 alexandrdmitriroma...@gmail.com wrote:
 
 There is indeed a page on en.Wikipedia specifically for requests for the
 Account creator permission :

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Requests_for_permissions/Account_creator

 I don't know about other languages or projects.

 Alex



 2012/5/24 Asaf Bartov abar...@wikimedia.org

 So, I often find myself doing outreach related to enwiki before large
 groups, and while I have no interest in becoming a sysop, could really
 use
 the Account Creator permission.  Is there really no page to publicly
 request this?  The instructions cited below, taken from here[1], suggest
 so, but that just feels broken.  I don't like the idea of privately
 reaching out to some admin for this permission.

 :-/

   Asaf

 [1]


 http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mass_account_creation#Becoming_an_.22account_creator.22

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[Wikimedia-l] Engineering community contacts for the next few weeks

2012-07-26 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
(Sorry for spamming and cross-posting; figured that some people would
find this helpful to pass along.)

Starting sometime Friday (today), I am vacationing and will be offline
till August 16th.  In my absence, here's whom to contact about:

* Developer Access queue[1] for Git, Gerrit, and Wikimedia Labs: Varnent
and JeremyB
* Gerrit project ownership requests[2]: Chad Horohoe and Antoine Musso
* SVN commit access queue[3]: Tim Starling
* review queue of extensions to deploy[4]: would love for volunteers to
check in on this and nudge progress along
* checking Bugzilla for new patches, to encourage developers to use Git
instead: please feel free to help with this!
* 20% time by WMF engineers[0]: Rob Lanphier
* Engineering Community Team stuff in general[5]: Rob Lanphier

If in doubt, ask via Wikimedia engineering/tech IRC channels or mailing
lists[6] and you will be helped!  Thanks to everyone who's volunteered
to help out.

@MediaWikiMeet will be silent. :-)

[0] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_engineering_20%25_policy
[1] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Developer_access
[2] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Git/Gerrit_project_ownership
[3] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Developer_access/Subversion
[4] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Review_queue
[5]
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Platform_Engineering#Engineering_Community_Team
[6] https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Communication

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Editor retention implies social features

2012-04-30 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
Kozuch,

Others have responded to many of your other points.  I just wanted to
help with two things:

On 04/25/2012 02:49 PM, Jan Kučera wrote:
 Hi,

 yes, there surely were comments from developers... that is positive.
 But the result as general is still nothing at all (the feature is not
 even nearing deployment).

The reason that feature is not moving towards deployment is because of
the issues that the other developers explained in their Bugzilla
comments.  Can you help by asking Robert Horlings  Gérard de Smaele to
respond to those comments?  I have tried to contact them but haven't
heard any response.

 I am not a dev and thus can not contribute any code.

 Kozuch

We welcome the contributions of non-developers to the software
development process!  For example, you can:

* help test the software and file bug reports (example:
http://www.mkltesthead.com/2012/04/weekend-testing-on-march-5th-something.html
)
* help document the current state of engineering activity so everyone's
more aware of what's happening:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Engineering/Project_documentation_howto
* join the wikitech-ambassadors list to help communicate between your
wiki communities and WMF about upcoming and desired changes:
https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikitech-ambassadors

And I see you're already on the Bug Squad to help monitor new incoming
bug reports and check whether old ones are still valid:
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Project:WikiProject_Bug_Squad Thank you!

Thanks.

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] [Wikitech-l] Release of educational videos under creative commons (Wikimedia-l Digest, Vol 97, Issue 73)

2012-04-24 Thread Sumana Harihareswara
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Roadmap indicates that we aim to have
TimedMediaHandler deployed onto Wikimedia Foundation sites by the end of
May 2012.

TimedMediaHandler has been reviewed by Ian Baker and Kandalgaonkar
extensively, with lots of changes made in response by Michael Dale.
Review notes and Michael's follow-up are at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/TimedMediaHandler/ReviewNotes . It is
currently being tested, including transcoding support, at
http://commons.wikimedia.beta.wmflabs.org/wiki/File:Electric_sheep.webm
.  (Copied this from the extensions review queue status at
https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Review_queue .)


-- 
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Volunteer Development Coordinator
Wikimedia Foundation

On 04/24/2012 12:17 PM, Samuel Klein wrote:
 Where's the latest thread on the Timed Media Handler progress?
 
 I am meeting with MIT Open CourseWare tomorrow - they want to expand
 the set of videos they released last year under CC-SA, starting with
 categories / vids that would be fill gaps on Wikipedia.  Any thoughts
 on how to make that collaboration more effective would be welcome.
 
 SJ
 
 On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 8:59 AM, David Gerard dger...@gmail.com wrote:
 On 24 April 2012 13:26, emijrp emi...@gmail.com wrote:

 Also, this message is more related to Wikimedia or Commons mailing lists
 (cc:). If you are the owner of those videos and you want to donate them,
 some people can help you in the process.


 Well, not really - uploading video is still laborious because we've
 been waiting literally years for the Timed Media Handler, which is a
 wikitech issue. Andrew could probably deal with the ffmpeg2theora bit,
 but it's still faffy and troublesome.


 - d.

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