Thank you Rogol. The primary way that the volunteer developer community will 
interact with the TechCom is through the use of the RFC process as was the case 
 with the ArchCom beforehand. The TechCom itself of course is open to the 
volunteer developer community for participation and since we are expanding 
membership to cover a broader area of technologies that the ArchCom was able to 
cover, there will be more opportunity to get involved. We are looking forward 
to that and as Daniel and I  will be present at Wikimania we will discuss the 
workings and goals of the new charter with anyone who is interested. I would 
encourage you and anyone else who wants to know more to reach out to Daniel or 
myself  to arrange to get together. For those who cannot attend Wikimania, we 
will host a webcast in the next few weeks to introduce the new committee and 
its charter and take questions. 

Best,


Victoria


> On Jul 29, 2017, at 2:17 PM, Rogol Domedonfors <domedonf...@gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> Victoria
> 
> 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?
> 
> "Rogol"
> 
> On Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 5:43 PM, Victoria Coleman <vcole...@wikimedia.org>
> wrote:
> 
>> 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:
>> <https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Technical_Committee/Charter <
>> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Technical_Committee/Charter>>
>> 
>> 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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