Thanks for reaching out!
With the tools that are on Tool Labs, the responsibility for maintenance is
on the person who wrote the tool and put it on Tool Labs. For that, you can
look at https://tools.wmflabs.org/. In this case, you can see that the
people that wrote that tool are Magnus Manske and Kolossos. In the first
instance, those would be the best people to reach out to with questions
about it. There is a Labs Team
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff_and_contractors#Labs> at the
Wikimedia Foundation, but their responsibility is maintaining the labs
In the case of maps, the Discovery Department currently has a Maps Team
<https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Staff_and_contractors#Maps> which is
working on maps-related tasks. Our goal
to, by the end of September, deploy a new tile service to production which
will be more robust and reliable than the existing services like GeoHack
which are deployed to Labs. This will allow volunteer developers, like
those that built GeoHack, to build more stable and appealing features. The
Discovery Department has no plans to maintain GeoHack ourselves.
Hopefully this answers your query. Let me know if you have any further
On 19 July 2015 at 07:26, Nou Nouill <nounou...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi !
> So today Geohack don't work few hours, once gain. It has been many times
> that Geohack is down these last months (and years). The previous issue was
> linked with the Tools labs problems (but not today, Tools Labs was
> In addition to that maintenance problem, I don't see Geohack evolve those
> last years. The tool have a old design. It has different configurations for
> each language, so when a user do translation, he has to adapt to each
> Moreover, in plenty of language, Geohack have long lists of hundred links,
> with lot of useless links, because languages communities want to describe
> exhaustively web mappings service. So the presentation of Geohack is often
> very weighed down.
> For me, Geohack is the more useful tools on Tools Labs with a massive
> visibility for the viewers (each coordinate on WM use Geohack and there are
> several hundred thousands coordinates). Geohack is also use by contributors
> (when I translate a article with a coordinate, It's usually more practice
> to check coordinate in Geohack).
> So, I want to ask if the Foundation have a plan to improve Geohack ? I have
> the impression when I see https://tools.wmflabs.org that Geohack was
> maintain by volunteer, but for me Geohack is a core item of the Wikimedia
> sphere. So I don't understand that situation since few years. I hope it's
> the place to do this comment.
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