A developer sharing their code in the MediaWiki code repository should expect:
- Feedback / Criticism / Code reviews
- Review and comments by other developers on things like framework use, security, efficiency and usability.
- Developer tweaking
- Other developers modifying your submission to improve or clean-up your code to meet new framework classes and methods, coding conventions and translations.
- Improved access for wiki sysadmins
- If you do decide to put your code on the wiki, another developer may decide to move it to the MediaWiki code repository for easier maintenance. You may then request commit access to continue maintaining it.
- Future versions by other developers
- New branches of your code being created automatically as new versions of MediaWiki are released. You should backport to these branches if you want to support older versions.
- Incorporation of your code into other extensions with duplicate or similar purposes — incorporating the best features from each extension.
- Credit for your work being preserved in future versions — including any merged extensions.
- Similarly, you should credit the developers of any extensions whose code you borrow from — especially when performing a merger.
Any developer who is uncomfortable with any of these actions occurring should not host in the code repository. You are still encouraged to create a summary page for your extension on the wiki to let people know about the extension, and where to download it.
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