MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group

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The MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group is a MediaWiki user group consisting of MediaWiki developers, system administrators, users, consultants, and hosting providers who cooperate in order to improve the software and advocate the needs of MediaWiki users outside the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) and its projects.

The group was recognized by the Affiliations Committee on November 11, 2014 and renewed in January 2016. If you want to join us, see below how to participate.

This page serves the purpose of coordinating internal tasks of the group. To be kept up-to-date on our activities, you can follow the tasks on our workboard in Phabricator. We also keep an online presence at MWStake.org where we write about interesting news and events happening in the MediaWiki world.

Our scope of influence is deliberately broad and meant to be flexible to encompass the needs of our diverse community. Our areas of collaboration are described below.

Areas of Collaboration (Mission)
  • Communication and coordination among MediaWiki users. We will be a nexus of support for MediaWiki users outside the Wikimedia sites. Users outside the WMF have a lot of experience. Still, there is a need to provide answers to their support questions. These users improve MediaWiki with extensions and share common problems. MediaWiki Cooperation aims to give them a voice to share their experience and coordinate their efforts.
  • Coordination between different groups of MediaWiki developers and operators. Core changes can sometimes break widely used extensions, but they also have the potential to greatly improve widely used extensions. Extension developers find bugs, improve core code and simply rely on the core. Operators of wikis outside WMF have their own issues, but could greatly benefit from and contribute to the experience of people running the Wikimedia sites.
  • Foster the ecosystem around MediaWiki. We recognize there is a range of developers, consultants, and companies that work with MediaWiki and improve functionality for their customers. We want to build a friendly environment for them to share their work and give them visibility. In addition, we want to make it easier for people seeking professional services and support to be able to find help.
  • Facilitate implementation of MediaWiki features. There is a need for features that are not in the core focus of Wikimedia sites, but could greatly improve the user experience of other wikis. Through the MediaWiki Cooperation, we aim to be able to support the development of these features.
  • Improve documentation of extensions and MediaWiki visibility. The documentation of MediaWiki, especially its extensions, is a key success factor for its use outside of Wikimedia sites. We aim to improve the quality of documentation and make it easier for outside users to assess the benefit and quality of extensions.
  • Contribute to the development of MediaWiki. By watching the proposed changes to MediaWiki and assessing the impact to users outside of the Wikimedia sites, we want to ensure the full utilization of the software by on non-WMF wikis. We will also commit to contributing our improvements and work towards their inclusion in the main product.

Participate[edit]

If you want to take an active part in the group, here are the entrypoints:

Communication and Contact[edit]

  • The official channel of communication of this group is the group chat in Phabricator: #mwstake. The chat is public, but you have to register in order to participate.
  • mediawiki-l is used as a fallback list for wider topics requiring community attention.
  • Follow us on Twitter: @mwstakeholders
  • Spokespersons for the group are Markus Glaser and Mark Hershberger.

Tasks[edit]

See our Phabricator board

Meetings[edit]

Meetings are announced and reported on our official website.

Reports and Presentation[edit]