MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group/Meetings/2014-09-26 Telco

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State of the tasks and communitcation structures

Time and place[edit]

26 September, 2014 at 4 PM UTC

Dial in

Attendees (for real)
  1. Palexis (talk) 14:16, 26 September 2014 (UTC)
  2. --Mglaser (talk) 14:36, 26 September 2014 (UTC)


  1. Welcome (Markus)
  2. State of projects
    1. Monitoring roadmap
    2. Feature wishlist
    3. Publicizing changes in 1.24 (Mark)
    4. AffCom application (Markus)
  3. Communication structures (Markus)
  4. Ideas on fundraising (Markus)
  5. Organisational
    1. Saturday as possible meeting time
  6. Your items (please add your name)
  7. Other
  8. Closing (Mark)


Start: 3:08PM


  • Mark Hershberger
  • Alexis Hershberger
  • Richard Heigl
  • Markus Glaser

State of projects[edit]

Monitoring ongoing development[edit]

Feature wishlist[edit]

Publicizing changes in 1.24[edit]

  • Mark. Use official twitter account and communication channels to advertise new MediaWiki features. For example reasons why people should update
  • Richard: translate these messages to German
  • Are there other languages we can target? Russian (Natasha Brown), Chinese developer for Mandarin and Cantonese, Spanish, French
  • Find one person per language
  • Use the translation feature on MW.o
  • This is time critical. Start in November before the release.
  • Use official WMF blog as a medium (official announcements are important for media)
  • Write this from a users' perspective
  • ContentHandler and it's possibilities are great and this should be communicated.

AffCom application[edit]

Communication structures[edit]

  • Markus proposes to use a seperate mailing list (e.g. mediawiki-co-op-l) for coordination of the group
  • We need other ways of informing people that something is happening than mediawiki-l
  • Mark created a Google event

Ideas on fundraising[edit]

  • Richard says crowdfunding software focused on MW Developers
  • what software can we use?
  • Not a tool question. Do we have the power and resources?
  • Other sources of funding:
    • apply for grants together with partner
    • Go to large users and see if they want to do this for their corporate social responsibility
    • Try to do cold calls? It is a lot of effort and the expected result is not very high
  • Our ability to raise money also depends on plans for MediaWiki. We should start a conversation with the Foundation about their plans with MediaWiki.


Saturday as possible meeting time[edit]

  • We must have a conversation with people of the group about a good time slot.


  • Next meeting is in three weeks, time and date to be confirmed
  • potentially Friday, October 17th or Saturday, October 18th

Meeting closes @ 6:59 PM UTC

Future Meeting Dates[edit]

Regular meetings will be held on every first Friday of the month.

User Group
Meeting Dates
2016-05-06 (Friday)
2016-06-03 (Friday)
2016-07-01 (Friday)
2016-08-05 (Friday)
2016-09-02 (Friday)
2016-09-28 (during SMWCon Fall 2016 in Frankfurt)
2016-10-07 (Friday)
2016-11-04 (Friday)
2016-12-02 (Friday)

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