Hi Varnent, this concept/proposal assumes that coders behave like wikipedians in a sense that they like editing wikis. My experience is that there are a lot of coders out there who do not behave like wikipedians. I even believe they represent the vast majority. They are more into coding which is understandable. Some extension pages do not even offer a utmost useful description and how to for that very reason. Since this concept requires even more involvement ... It would be good to have some comments on this be leading MW coders. They know their community even better and will be able to provide more elaborate comments on this. Cheers
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I think the rather poor and confusing documentation on mediawiki.org itself is proof that coders do not like editing wikis. In fact one of the major hurdles to editing or creating an extension is the documentation itself. Oh, the irony.
I think everyone is aware of the problems. I'm curious what ideas folks have for solutions. :)
I think one of the only solutions to solidifying the developer community is to engage those developers on-wiki. IRC is a good vector for discussion, as well as the mailing lists, but for larger-scoped and more permanent discussions and project descriptions, we're all going to have to commit to editing the wiki. Now, the issue becomes, how do we entice get the developers to edit the wiki? One thing I can think of is attribution and/or recognition for their work. Barnstars are great, but don't really carry that much weight with the community.