Outreach programs/Recommended steps for participants

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Introduction[edit]

MediaWiki is the free and open source software that powers Wikipedia, its sister projects and thousands of wikis all over the world. It is written in PHP, primarily uses the MySQL and MariaDB database servers and jQuery as the client JavaScript library. MediaWiki is supported by the Wikimedia movement. You can learn more about the differences between MediaWiki, Wikimedia, Wikipedia and Wiki here. By working with us, you're contributing to one of the world's largest collaborative knowledge base.

Application process steps[edit]

If you are considering to apply, follow the steps in the order in which they are listed:



  1. Understand Wikimedia's technical areas There are a lot of technical areas in which you can contribute (e.g. Gadgets, Extensions, Skins, Bots, etc). Knowledge of these areas will help you a lot in choosing a project.

  2. Express your interest in working on a project by commenting on the corresponding task on Wikimedia Phabricator. (See Phabricator/Help if you do not have a Phabricator account yet.) Ask intelligent and explicit questions ("Could you tell me more about this?" is a bad example), do your research thoroughly, don't expect spoon-feeding.
  3. Communicate with project mentors Discuss with them your ideas for implementation and learn about their availability and willingness to mentor.
  4. Learn basic skills required for development If you are planning on contributing to a project that involves MediaWiki codebase, learn how to start hacking here. For other projects, check the getting started steps in the task description of the project you have chosen on Phabricator.
  5. Fix small bugs Ask mentors to point you to some bugs. You could also fix smaller bugs in that project (but note that mentors might not be available). This help candidates understand the skills required for a project and mentors whether the candidate has these skills.
  6. Read a few good proposals that were accepted for the previous round. Here they are: example 1, example 2, example 3.
  7. Submit your proposal on Wikimedia Phabricator using the pre-populated application template here.
  8. Discuss your own project idea with a possible mentor If you couldn't find anything interesting in our project ideas, you could reach out to a possible mentor here or ask organization administrators to help you connect with a mentor.

Accepted participants[edit]

If you get accepted, here is what we will encourage you to do to have a successful project:

Community bonding period[edit]

  • Start communicating with your mentors on refining your project proposal, finalizing deadlines and setting milestones
  • Join Zulip, a communication platform that program administrators will use to share announcements and opportunities for participating in Wikimedia activities


  • Stay in touch with Wikimedia community members and help them learn about you more:
    • Subscribe to Wikimedia mailing list wikitech-l@lists.wikimedia.org
    • Setup up your MediaWiki user page and keep it up to date with your project work and reports (example 1, example 2)
  • Read stories from across the Wikimedia movement on Medium
  • Watch previous videos on Wikimedia technical topics

Internship period[edit]

  • Write weekly reports
  • Stay up-to-date with your goals as outlined in the timeline
  • Communicate regularly with mentors and keep them updated about your progress and challenges
  • Submit evaluations on time
  • Attend any program-related meetings we host
  • Follow any guidelines we share to involve you in our community and process.

Stay tuned![edit]