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Take the survey!101:15, 2 October 2012
Some videos are now up401:11, 2 October 2012
Some successes and accomplishments023:26, 10 June 2012
Photos113:35, 7 June 2012
Our graffiti808:21, 5 June 2012
Ways to extend the MediaWiki (web) installer215:24, 3 June 2012
A few yacht flags (45 x 30 cm) left008:03, 3 June 2012
Long Night of Science (Saturday)015:16, 2 June 2012
IRC114:01, 2 June 2012
Topics people will be working on (Edit, improve, expand this list)111:56, 2 June 2012
Unblock Ticket Response System307:58, 2 June 2012
Wikimania mobile app021:59, 1 June 2012
Saturday 14:00+ Lightning talks topics019:03, 1 June 2012
Talking about maps and coordinates316:52, 1 June 2012
Talking about managing bug reports / Bugzilla016:50, 1 June 2012
Where is everyone staying?115:26, 30 May 2012
Several potentials...005:44, 26 May 2012
Ops sprint217:58, 23 May 2012
Adventurous expedition through WMF error logs219:38, 21 May 2012
Hackathon Badges. 112:02, 20 May 2012

Some videos are now up

Wikimedia Germany will be uploading them to Commons as soon as possible.

The 'closure' and thanks on sunday evening. File:Berlin Hackathon 2012 - Thanks Closure.ogv

Esby (talk)15:47, 7 June 2012

You can expect the videos to get uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by 9 July 2012.

A few more videos are up on Vimeo:

I'm so sorry for the delay here.

The Commons category contains NEARLY all of the recorded videos, and Asheesh Laroia is helping get the last one uploaded.

Sharihareswara (WMF) (talk)01:11, 2 October 2012

Some successes and accomplishments

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Last edit: 23:26, 10 June 2012

Just a note to myself regarding some successes to keep track of: pmolina, toniher, anomie, Ross Andrews, eranroz, waldir, Chico Venancio and Dereckson

Here are some photos of the event so far: Hopefully I haven't photographed anyone who does not wish to be photographed! Please let me know if I have!

Vgrigas (talk)07:57, 2 June 2012

I uploaded some photos I took to Commons on commons:Category:Hackathon_Berlin_2012. There should not be people with the 'no photo' badge in these.
I also created a category on Commons for pictures taken during the short visit of Berlin (on sunday for my case) commons:Category:Berlin_visit_during_Hackathon_2012

Esby (talk)13:35, 7 June 2012

Our graffiti

Berlin Hackathon graffiti.JPG

I uploaded this nice graffiti next to our location to Commons. :-)

Bináristalk14:11, 2 June 2012

Planning a trip to if you fancy seeing some more tonight.

Open invitation - come find me (Jon with the hat - and we'll make plans

Jdlrobson (talk)14:14, 2 June 2012

I took a bunch of night shots of Tachales a few days ago and havent had time to edit or upload the photos yet, but will post them on the page when I do have them

Vgrigas (talk)17:03, 3 June 2012

I couldn't see it yesterday because the sky was already dark. I can just say: that's Germany! Today in the morning I used the underground train and two men went into the train. Then they opened unexpected their bags and played music on their instruments. To my surprise they weren't bad.

Tim (SVG)14:19, 2 June 2012

for those being interested, I corrected (perspective correction) the image on Commons using the free ShiftN program.

Wikinaut (talk)08:18, 3 June 2012

You might be obliged to make the car's license plates indecipherable.

Tim (SVG)08:22, 3 June 2012


Wikinaut (talk)13:45, 3 June 2012


Bináristalk17:53, 3 June 2012

Ways to extend the MediaWiki (web) installer

Is somebody interested in extensibility of the MediaWiki installer? Or even has experience with extending it? Is there a way to add more installation steps or to change the existing ones? Are there plans for future development?

I'd love to learn more about this topic. Maybe someone else too?

Osnard (talk)12:52, 2 June 2012

Osnard, Brion Vibber rewrote the installer a while back, so maybe talk to him?


Related: I was talking to Roan earlier today, and suggested that perhaps there should be a "retry" button when there's an error in the installer, in addition to the "back" and "continue" buttons already present. I figured this might be of interest to anyone working with improving the installer.

Waldir (talk)15:24, 3 June 2012

A few yacht flags (45 x 30 cm) left

Hi, many years ago I produced some yacht flags (polyester). Perhaps anyone interested ? I'll bring the remaining on Sunday. Producing costs were 15,- € per flag. Because the logo is © & ™ All rights reserved, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. This image (or parts of it) is copyrighted by the Wikimedia Foundation. It is (or includes) one of the official logos or designs used by the Wikimedia Foundation or by one of its projects. Use of the Wikimedia logos and trademarks is subject to the Wikimedia trademark policy and visual identity guidelines, and may require permission. , you can use this flag only with the correct permission.

050906230812 Wikipedia Flagge 30x45.jpg
Let me know, if you want one. Keep in mind that there might be restrictions to use it.

Wikinaut (talk)19:03, 2 June 2012

Hey Wikinaut. I'm interested in a yacht flag. I'd only need to go to the bank to get some money.

Tim Weyer

Tim (SVG)08:03, 3 June 2012

Long Night of Science (Saturday)

"[Die] Lange Nacht der Wissenschaft" (engl. Long Night Of Science) takes place tonight (Saturday) in Berlin-Potsdam. It begins at 5 PM and ends at 1 AM. If you buy a ticket after 11 PM (2300), you only have to pay 5 euros (Hackathon ends at 11 PM). You can meet scientists and ask them questions. Here's a list of locations (English version by Google Translator). It's also about computer science (see here (English version by Google Translator)). Please attend by creating a post with your real and username below (or just the real name as IP address). I'll contact you after 10 PM (I'm minigolfing).

Tim Weyer (SVG)

Tim (SVG)14:39, 2 June 2012

[15:49:15] []: *** Looking up your hostname... [15:49:15] []: *** Checking Ident [15:49:15] []: *** Found your hostname [15:49:15] []: *** No Ident response [15:49:15] Server ERROR: :Closing Link: (Too many user connections (global))

someone else has this problem

Petrb (talk)13:50, 2 June 2012

Freenode staffer kloeri says this has been fixed.

Krenair (talkcontribs)14:01, 2 June 2012

Topics people will be working on (Edit, improve, expand this list)

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Last edit: 11:56, 2 June 2012
  • Merlijn van Deen: interface localisation and site-based configuration
  • Oren Bochman: evaluate articles; user:?Bot
  • Tobias, Wikidata: automated UI testing with Selenium
  • Andrew Pearson (TParis): unblock system on en.wp
  • Harry Burt: translating images
  • Brandon Harris: design stuff
  • Kai Nissen (WMDE): RENDER
  • Daniel Mietchen, Wikipedian in Residence on Open science
Wikipedia Cite-o-Meter, plugins for the Open Access Media Importer; JATS-to-MediaWiki; flagging of OA-ness; exporting Open Access File of the Day beyond MediaWiki (e.g. to RSS, for embedding in blogs); cross-wiki usage stats
  • Dario Taraborelli: WMF; product research ; citation data, reference data, Wikipedia Cite-o-Meter. Data sets, visualization
  • Siebrand Mazeland: WMF; language support
  • Jeroen de Dauw: Wikidata
  • Tim Alder (Kolossos): OpenStreetMap
  • Christian P. and Emmanuel Engelhart: a first prototype of a ZIM reader using Cordova Qt and C++
  • Finn Aarup Nielsen (fnielsen): Numerical data and computations in wikis (in Lua and Wikidata?). Sentiment analysis/bias detection in Wikipedia
guillom16:31, 1 June 2012

anyone knows where Christian P. is sitting? :) --Petrb, 1 June 2012

Unblock Ticket Response System

I'd like to possibly host a workshop for the brand new English Wikipedia Unblock Ticket Response System. The system launched on March 18, 2012 and was developed by Hersfold, DeltaQuad, Thehelpfulone, and myself. It replaced the old mailing list which was outdated and ineffective. So far, the reception has been highly positive and I'd like to share our experience from development, to beta, and then release and also talk about new features. We have an idea about minor integration with Account Creation Assistance (ACC) tool. I'll set up a development server with a copy of the code and database schema and we can just knock some ideas out. If there are any ACC developers, we can work on the ideas for integration. I've already got Stwalkerster's buy-in and the WMF's and we have a game plan. Great opportunity for coordination and to get more ideas.--TParis (talk) 01:49, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

TParis (talk)01:49, 4 April 2012

Great! Sounds like you can plan and lead a short presentation and a sprint.

Basically, there are three kinds of semiformal activities at the hackathon: tutorials, presentations, and sprints.

  • A tutorial teaches the participants how to do something
  • A presentation lectures about something (we want to have maybe 2 hours of these, total, limited to Saturday afternoon)
  • A sprint is collaborative, writing or reviewing patches, designing, etc.

When you say "I'd like to share our experience from development, to beta, and then release and also talk about new features" it sounds like you want to lead a 10-minute presentation on Saturday afternoon. And then for the development, if anyone else is interested, you can collaborate informally throughout the weekend.

The project might be suitable for a sprint too. It's still a little rough around the edges, and I can probably think up more things that could be implemented/improved in half an hour, than we can implement in the entire weekend. 17:09, 4 May 2012 (UTC), 4 May 2012

Here is the Github repo if anyon would like it:

TParis (talk)07:58, 2 June 2012

Wikimania mobile app

I apologize that I'm not there in person to ask this, but someone on IRC suggested I share it with the Hackathon.

The idea of a Wikimania mobile app has come up - was wondering if anyone at Hackathon had an interest.

More info:

Varnent (talk)21:59, 1 June 2012

Saturday 14:00+ Lightning talks topics

I suggest a session of Lightning Talks after the already scheduled "Short presentation by Wikidata team in a separate room" (Saturday, 2012-06-02 14:00+). See also the other thread below "Topics people will be working on".

Add your topics here in the summary.

Wikinaut (talk)18:49, 1 June 2012

Talking about maps and coordinates

I would like to talk about maps in Wikipedia and work with others on this topic. Geographical content effects also other projects like WLM and "mobil". We can do a lot with the OpenStreetMap data and I have some ideas for possible hacks. Is there anybody interested? Please post your name here.

Kolossos11:06, 26 May 2012

Hi Kolossos, I am interested in this talk.

Drecodeam (talk)20:27, 31 May 2012

Hi! I'm interested too.

My name is Robert Vogel. I sit on the table next to the "no photos bitte" table.

Osnard (talk)16:40, 1 June 2012

Hi! I'm interested too.

I'm the guy with a blue squared shirt just in front of the main screen, at the left. My name is Patricio Molina.

Mahadeva (talk)16:52, 1 June 2012

Talking about managing bug reports / Bugzilla

Heja, I've spent the last years managing and triaging bug reports in several FLOSS projects (GNOME, Maemo, MeeGo, Mozilla). If you are interested in bugtracking & its workflows and if you'd like to share your frustration and joy with Wikimedia Bugzilla I'd love to listen and discuss with you! This is how I look - please find me! -- andre

Andreklapper (talk)16:50, 1 June 2012

Where is everyone staying?

What hostel are the volunteers and what (NH) hotel is the staff this time?

Multichill (talk)14:23, 30 May 2012

Multichill, I'd rather not share that info on a public webpage, to help protect the peace of mind of some of the folks staying at the hotel/hostel. The hotel's pretty nearby, and I can email you the names of the hostel & hotels.


Several potentials...

Pageviews by category 
I have a request to build any kind of hack to recursively tally page views on wiki with counts enabled. Probably initially an api utilizing page. (deliverable June 11th; sigh)
CalDAV client 
This is a regularly-requested extension: a decent calendar extension which can create/edit/display/alert using federated calendars.
Single-source Wiki family 
We use the Blue Oxen model with some small tweaks, but this should be documented and cleaner management scripts created.
Amgine (talk)05:43, 26 May 2012

Ops sprint

The Wikimedia ops team may hold a sprint colocated with this hackathon. Their topics of interest may include:

  - Search
  - Documentation sprint (how to and recovery)
  - Monitoring sprint (Nagios/watchmouse/bots)
  - Security Sprint (labs security, access security)
  - Labs Sprint (too many to list)
  - EQIAD Sprint (Apache, Memcached - All Mediawiki-related))

Adventurous expedition through WMF error logs

A good source of potential bugs that need fixing is error logs. Maybe one day we'll have them empty, but right now on the live cluster there is still a significant amount of small and large errors that go by. No super critical ones but ones that should be fixed and it's not rare for them to hide a bigger mystery waiting to be unlocked.

I'd say we can give this another shot at this Hackathon. Someone with shell access can perform a few searches in the major logs (apache error log, php error log, mysql error log? - on fenari?), group them by unique patterns and sort by frequency and dump it somewhere on a whiteboard. And see if we can get some fixed :)

This will affect both MediaWiki core as well as deployed extensions.

Krinkle (talk)19:14, 7 April 2012

Is there a way these logs can be made available (preferably pre-filtered/de-duplicated)?

siebrand (talk)17:24, 8 April 2012

I updated ERRHUNT to have subpages where we we can publish a pre-processed version of error logs for users to dig through (during the Hackathon we could display the terminal directly on a beamer, but for preparation a wiki page would be nice).

I'll ask if someone can come up with the right query so anyone with shell access can update it.

Krinkle (talk)19:38, 21 May 2012

Hackathon Badges.

Hi everyone, I have made certain badges that one can put up on their blog/website/wiki etc to say that " I am Going/hacking " for the Berlin Hackathon. Please use whatever version amongst them you like, and provide me with any suggestions or feedback.

Drecodeam (talk)02:20, 20 May 2012

Thanks for those. Gave me a reason to convince myself successfully of updating my userpage on dewiki.

Tim (SVG)12:02, 20 May 2012