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Nemo bis (talkcontribs)
Qgil-WMF (talkcontribs)

Merged or clearly split and linked? Please open a bug report to discuss and resolve properly. This sounds like a good microtask for the Outreach Program for Women.

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Nemo bis (talkcontribs)

Merged and redirected. The discussion is best held on wiki, IMHO.

Qgil-WMF (talkcontribs)

OK. I agree on the need to avoid useless duplication but some thoughts:

  • There is a risk of loosing people when forwarding to that long page with all kinds of lists. We should at least keep all the technical lists together. That is already the case, but i.e. mobile-l is listed elsewhere in meta.
  • This mw page actually contains more information and is better formated. Do we really want to loose this? Would it be ok to move the nice formatted content there, and then hope that the rest of lists would catch up?
  • There is something to be said about the usefulness of mediawiki.org being a self-contained site, especially for those interested in their own MediaWiki instances not related to the Wikimedia movement (apart from the software being used). Maybe we could still keep the details of mediawiki-l and perhaps a few more selected lists, and then link to meta for all the rest?

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HappyDog (talkcontribs)

This page is very deliberately NOT a list of all WMF-related mailing lists. It is very specifically a list of mailing lists related to the development or support of MediaWiki, its extensions and any other general MW-related topics (e.g. general-purpose bots). It is targeted at people who want to get involved with MediaWiki development or get help or information relating to MW.

This should be clear from the introduction. If it is not, then it should be reworded.

There already appears to be some feature creep, with some lists that look suspiciously WMF-specific being listed here (wikitech-ambassadors and analytics being two that jump out at me), though as I haven't looked into them it may be that they are more general than they at first appear.

I agree with all Qgil's points, and would like to add that the reason this page was originally created was because the page on meta was (a) horrible to look at; (b) horrible to navigate; and (c) very difficult to find the wheat (MW-related channels of communication) amongst the chaff (WMF-specific channels) - something which has only got harder as time has gone on.

I urge very very strongly for this page to be kept, with its current intent. If people feel that the duplication is a problem, then my suggestion would be to remove MW-specific links from the page on meta, and add a link/notice saying that mailing lists related to MediaWiki development and support are listed here.

Nemo bis (talkcontribs)

HappyDog, what you call "feature creep" is the very reason why it's hard to tell the line between the two pages.

Qgil, there would be no problem in keeping all the stuff currently listed on this page in the same section on Meta and to also keep the templates.

Both: keeping only the main lists here, i.e. those of interest for MediaWiki users who are not developers or – more in general – Wikimedians, and remove them from the Meta list, is also an option. They would be mediawiki-l, mediawiki-announce and mediawiki-api-announce or the whole first section at most, right? However, IMHO it would all be more self-contained if there was only a single page on Meta and we could link it e.g. from the sidebar.

Nemo bis (talkcontribs)

As agreed, I moved all the mailing except the strictly MediaWiki-only ones to the Meta page; only two were missing there, a clear sign of confusing overlap.

I kept the same template and table format as here, although tt was quite painful because I had to merge all the information which was only on the Meta page and not in the rows here (in particular, Gmane links). I don't think the rest of the Meta page will be converted to this format, which takes much more space, but it doesn't harm much to have a section with a different format. Unless you feel strongly about it, I'd remove the admin column: the list is already on the page of each ML and it takes a lot of space on wiki.

Now a useful thing to do would be adding links to the Gmane archives where still missing.

Qgil-WMF (talkcontribs)

mediawiki-india is a mediawiki* list and therefore makes sense to have it listed in mediawiki.org. We don't have other mediawiki* lists and we don't expect many to follow. Please accept it here as well.

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Nemo bis (talkcontribs)

Actually there's plenty of mediawiki-* lists; you're right however that the only one similar to mediawiki-india is perhaps mediawiki-sv, which is closed, so an exception could make sense (feel free to rollback me).

Wouldn't it be easier to reorganise the rows in the Meta page, possibly adding new subsections, if one wants to give more visibility to this list (and others)? I don't see it on Gmane, by the way.

HappyDog (talkcontribs)

Not sure I like what's happened here. This page is now misleading, and effectively hides the non-support lists from view. The implication is that these are the MW-related lists, whilst in fact there are many others that would be of interest to the general (non-WMF) public. In particular things like mediawiki-enterprise, which is completely orthogonal to WMF use-cases.

My firm belief is that this page should be largely reverted, and should remain the primary list of MW-related mailing lists. The page on meta should be updated so the 'MediaWiki and technical' section lists all WMF-specific technical mailing lists, such as for toolserver, stats, etc. and then has a prominent link to the MW page saying "For mailing lists related to the development/use of MediaWiki - the software that powers most WMF projects - see the mailing lists page on mediawiki.org.

Nemo bis (talkcontribs)

Most of the lists there are "of interest to the general (non-WMF) public", except the projects lists...

Nemo bis (talkcontribs)

HappyDog, I was hoping for some suggestions from you on how to resort stuff, but I did it on my own now: I split "MediaWiki and technical" in three.

  1. "MediaWiki" first, with lists "strictly suitable (also) for a general, non-Wikimedia-only audience", first those for a general/mixed audience, then "Code and bugs" for code geeks, then "Local". These are probably the most important lists also for wikimedians (API, i18n, wikitext... nobody cares about it more than wikimedians) but non-Wikimedians won't feel strangers.
  2. "Related software, tools and infrastructure" are useful for third parties too (especially dumps?), but in practice mostly used by and for Wikimedia projects.
  3. "General development and technical discussion", including the "Interest areas", are the lists dominated by wikimedian discussions. Here a non-Wikimedian can often feel out of place, but they often are the main development force for MediaWiki in general.

I've also changed the subject page here to link the first section directly: is it clearer now? I think it is, and it's a big improvement for the "general (non-WMF) public" compared to the previous situation, where the items of interest for it where inextricably mixed with mostly-Wikimedia or Wikimedia-only stuff.

Qgil-WMF (talkcontribs)

Just a technical question to figure out possibilities. Does interwiki transclusion work? It could be a possibility, if feasible.

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