Engineering Community Team/Meetings/2011-12-13

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( notes taken via Google Hangout)

Meta[edit]

Travel/vacation: Upcoming vacation days:

  • Guillaume: (tentative) Dec. 16th, 2/3 days on week 51, 2/3 days on week 52 (see mail)
  • Rob: week of Dec.26
  • Sumana: Dec 16 + last week of year & up to Jan 3
  • Mark: Last week of Dec, returning Jan 3rd

List of projects[edit]

  • Bug Triage
    • Individual dev assignment work
  • Bugzilla application management
    • Vandal has gone! Patch applied, might do a little more work on the generic fix.
  • Hackathons/events (January SF, Pune)
  • Commit Access
  • Recruitment/encouragement
  • Monthly report
  • Communication support
  • Engineering project documentation
  • 1.18 deployment & release support
  • Recruiting/hiring
  • Code review meistering
    • mentorship/office hours plan
  • Dev community metrics
  • SocialCoding4Good
  • Training documentation
  • Wikimedia blog maintenance

Who's doing what[edit]

Sumana -- commit access, recruitment/encouragement, code review meistering, help with training documentation, planning for January hackathon & Pune hackathon Guillaume - training doc, Wikimedia blog maintenance, engineering project doc Mark H - bugzilla admin, code review, bug triage, 1.18 release followup, patch review, 1.19 ramp up. Rob - Hiring, code review meistering Siebrand - not on call, Pune hackathon planning Claudia - Bugzilla database

Bug Triage[edit]

on hold this week? Mark to focus on individual, focused meetings, checking on the assignments individual developers have -- Rob’s direct reports

Bugzilla application management[edit]

nothing to do this week

Hackathons/events (January SF, Pune)[edit]

We’re about to publicly announce the January SF hackathon Most of the travel is set up Sumana has been asked to help with 2 events in February on the same week-end:

  • Pune, India (outreach like in Mumbai)
  • Washington, DC (GLAM)

Coordination / help: will use the materials Guillaume is currently assembling / organizing / writing Europe hackathon probably in Berlin in April / May. WMDE organizing it

Commit Access[edit]

continuing. Sumana can do stuff with her newly acquired superpowers

Recruitment/encouragement[edit]

Sumana had contact with 50 people last week tracking contacts / people in a Google spreadsheet right now, shared it with Ryan Lane

  • Sumana to talk to Claudia later
  • Sumana to give robla & Mark & Guillaume access to spreadsheet

Mark wants to see the people who have contributed patches, see if Sumana have already contacted them

Monthly report[edit]

Nothing being done yet besides attending meetings and saving bookmarks to notes for later in the month

Communication support[edit]

Guillaume reviewing blog posts, etc. as needed (and also discovering major events at the last minute)

Engineering project documentation[edit]

Guillaume has done some reorganizing on the roadmap pages etc. Also project page-ified MediaWiki 1.19/Roadmap

1.18 deployment & release support[edit]

FAQ? Mark needs help with frontpage templates for mediawiki.org to link to 1.18 FAQ from the frontpage

  • Mark to coordinate with Guillaume, Guillaume happy to help as soon as he knows what help is needed

RobLa says: the image rotation problem is causing many folks to seek a solution, as many Commons images are not rotating properly; they were depending on metadata being “wrong”, and now that MediaWiki uses the EXIF metadata to rotate images automatically, they’re rotated twice and thus wrong

    • may sidetrack our 1.19 image
    • These should be high priority bugs
    • Possible to say, those before a certain timestamp, or not touched since a certain time, we won’t try to fix? possible, but we should go in & fix code itself. Another problem: thumbnail generation & purging time is complicated. This is a mess. We’ll be working on that
    • we’d deploy a patch. Point release? well, probably not.
    • we may autogenerate a list of affected images, so a bot could come clean up.
    • may bring Guillaume in to communicate. this has gone from list to list. wikitech-l, foundation-l, on-wiki discussions. Heavy commons user. Did bot take care of things quickly? backlog was a day or two when there were a lot of pics to be rotated. And you can fix manually.
      • Ask Guillaume for what you need! Rob & hexmode to coordinate

1.19 rampup[edit]

Basically, CR.

Code review meistering[edit]

Mark working on CR projections. RobLa says: look at stats for today & it looks pretty good. Last few days, Antoine & Tim made a big dent. http://toolserver.org/~robla/crstats/ We are down from 800 ish to under 700.

  • on back burner: Mark & Sumana gathering testers.
  • Mark to take over nag emails (daily) re code review groups. Don’t make it too bot-like. Quick update. “Here’s where we are.”

Guillaume has improved the code review guide. See the training docs section. Sumana & patch review queue coming up in Platform Eng meeting

mentorship/office hours plan[edit]

Sumana quietly recruiting.

Recruiting/hiring[edit]

(non-public discussion)

  • Sumana to review Rob’s blog post today

Dev community metrics[edit]

on hold, sorry, need to gather some thoughts, this week?

  • Sumana

SocialCoding4Good[edit]

waiting for VMWare announce posted to wikitech-l (yay no secrecy!) backburner until further notice

Training documentation[edit]

Guillaume finished listening to the audio recordings of the July 2011 code review training session and taking notes. Currently cleaning up Code review guide and associated pages before I add content from the notes. Should be done by the end of this week. Also found Manual:Pre-commit checklist which seems like it would benefit from more integration with the other pages. I’ll probably think about a navigation panel / tool of some sort to link these pages (probably chronologically in the flow of a commit) A lot of the linking-together of pages (how to get SVN access, precommit checklist) will be helpful to newbies. Aiming to have intro tutorial by Jan 20th -- Yuvi to help.

  • Sumana to look at pages once a week, and if we see one particular area is weak & should be expanded, speak up.
  • Sumana to work on fulfilling the list of required tutorials & help domain experts develop spiels, tutorials, etc. for Jan hackathon
    • add red links to inventory

Wikimedia blog maintenance[edit]

Guillaume did some work last week. No work on it this week yet, mostly focusing on training documentation (but there are some time-sensitive tweaks to make that I’ll probably get around to this week anyway, probably on Friday)

Misc[edit]

Remember that Guillaume is out on Thursday (taking the train to Normandy) Sumana is out Friday Visual Editor deployment --- proof of concept on mediawiki.org. Set expectations low!! You cannot edit a page with it right now!