I'm delighted to see a document that is clear enough to encourage useful
comments from non-techies (on some parts of it)

I have 5, at increasing  levels of specificity

1) At least in the US, the need for increasing contributions by
underrepresented groups is not limited to women. Various ethnic groups in
the US are even more under=represented. But I'm not sure how much of this
is solvable by technology, either for them or for women.

2) The user retention goals are not the province of engineering alone, or
even for the most part. Attracting initial contributors will indeed be
greatly helped by Visual editor, but the enWP people will need considerable
convincing about both features and interaction with the current editor and
current procedures before doing what most needs to be done, making it the
default for non-loggged in users. The other aspects are primarily that of
improving the social environment  and on-wiki processes at the individual
WPs & Commons, and more effective work by  the various chapters and
associated projects. Flow will be of some help here, but it isn't the
critical factor.  I d I think the decline not only may be irreversible but
ought to be expected to be irreversible: WP is no longer the most exciting
thing in the world to the extent that it can have the same attractive power
as in the first few years.

3)I have never understood the need for Flow- I find the existing talk page
systems quite functional. But since many others don't find the current
system satisfactory.  the one place Flow should not be trialed on the enWP
is the Teahouse, which has its own distinctive system.  It should rather be
trialed on places where there is long and particularly intricate
discussions and were beginners are not likely to be confused.

4) The most intractable conflicts at enWP arise from the need to apply
brief descriptive phrases or words to situations that ae inherently
ambiguous. A system for category searching by intersection  would eliminate
about half the problems.

5) Perhaps this should be put off till the following year, but a system for
constructing articles from infoboxes populated by wikidata would
essentially give a fill in the blanks interface for constructing many types
of articles. This would help beginners, and people writing in other than
their native languages.,









On Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 3:55 AM, Federico Leva (Nemo) <nemow...@gmail.com>
wrote:

> Erik Moeller, 27/06/2014 03:55:
>
>  As an update on the goals process for WMF engineering, we've begun
>> fleshing out out the top priorities for the first quarter.
>>
>
> This has already been an interesting and useful exercise, I feel. Those
> are indeed goals which need help from everyone who can. Which brings me to:
>
>  [...]
>>
>> - The content API that Gabriel is working on (
>> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Requests_for_comment/Content_API ) is
>> called out as a top priority. This is because the Parsoid output (for
>> which the content API will be a high performance front-end) is now
>> getting to the point where it's starting to become plausible to
>> increasingly use it not just for VisualEditor, but also for views as
>> well.
>>
>
> This is something I encourage everyone on this list to play with. I spent
> a couple days on Parsoid's output for it.wiki and it's been fun, finding
> many things to report: while reasonable pages are rarely very broken, on a
> random page there is some 50 % chance of finding some visual glitch.
>
> My favourite toy to this purpose is Kiwix:
> * download a recent file for your favourite wiki at
> http://download.kiwix.org/zim/wikipedia/ ,
> * download Kiwix to open it http://download.kiwix.org/nightly/bin/latest/
> ,
> * start pressing "random page" and report surprises e.g. to
> https://sourceforge.net/p/kiwix/bugs/
>
> Nemo
>
>
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