Thanks for that.  I am sure we all welcome the new Committee.  The
description of its role mentions that it is "the guardian of the integrity,
consistency, stability and performance of the software supporting the
Wikimedia projects", and its "authority on technical decisions regarding
any official software that serves Wikimedia users".  Could you say
something about how the Committee will work with the community in its
various aspects to find out what forms of support and service the users and
contributors want and need?


On Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 5:43 PM, Victoria Coleman <>

> Hello All!
> Daniel and I would like to share some good news:
> After  talking about it for years, and vetting the draft for months,
> it's finally done: the Architecture Committee has adopted a proper charter
> defining its purpose, operation, and authority.
> You can find the charter here:
> < <
> The charter among other things defines from where the committee draws its
> authority over technical development at the WMF: the committee acts as an
> extension of the CTO. This gives the committee  a clear role in the
> foundation's decision
> making processes.
> The charter also clarifies the scope of TechCom: it is to act as an
> authority on
> technical decisions regarding any official software that serves Wikimedia
> users.
> The committee should be involved in matters regarding such software that
> are
> strategic, cross-cutting, or hard to undo.
> The committee has also given itself a new name, to better fit the scope as
> defined in the charter: we are now the Wikimedia Technical Committee
> (TechCom).
> Looking forward to working with the technical community to fulfill the
> charter!
> Victoria & Daniel
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