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Have a conversation about moving this process to Phabricator

MarcoAurelio (talkcontribs)

Good day. @Hashar suggested on IRC the other day to have a conversation about migrating the system to request new gerrit repositories to Phabricator. I see that work was done in that regard in the past but never saw light (and it's outdated, but can be updated real quick). Ideally this should all be in one place either keep it here at mediawiki or move it to Phabricator. Creating repos is something that is being done basically by @QChrisNonWMF so Hashar and myself agreed that we shouldn't do anything without consulting with him first as he does the vast majority of the repo creations. Regards.

Zoranzoki21 (talkcontribs)
QChrisNonWMF (talkcontribs)

I do not care too much whether we use MediaWiki or some other tool to track repo requests.

For me, using MediaWiki for them is not extra nice, but it more or less works, and it for sure is good enough™. We do not have 100s of repo requests/day or something. I guess no one likes it, but it's very, very, very seldom I hear complaints about using MediaWiki for it. (And Phabricator would not address these complaints either). And the signal-to-noise ration from the watching of the pages is really good for me :-)

At some point someone took an effort to bring these requests to bugzilla. That never took off.

After some time, it was tried to bring these requests to Phabricator (as MarcoAurelio said already). It never took off either.

I am all for switching to a different tool, if it solves a real-world problem. Not sure things like "Tables suck in MediaWiki" are real-world problems though, because if $SOMEONE cannot be bothered to copy/paste the previous table row and adjust it for their request, chances are $SOMEONE cannot be bothered to fill out a Phabricator form either.

So the question for me would be: Which real-world problem is solved by switching to Phabricator?

MarcoAurelio (talkcontribs)

I feel the same as QChris above. We should stick to the place/system where requestors and people that create the repos feels more confortable working. If people think is better suited for this, let's keep it here. If people think Phabricator would be a better place, let's move to there. I myself do not have a strong opinion and, like I said, I think the same as QChris above. In any case, requests should be all handled in one place (either here or at Phab.) for consistency. Thanks.

MarcoAurelio (talkcontribs)

On the other hand, most Gerrit stuff has been moved to Phabricator: issues and project ownership requests, so I'd say I lean towards using that platform a bit, provided that Phab is a place where people is comfortable working and requesting things.

AKlapper (WMF) (talkcontribs)

In I wrote "(I'm also puzzled that exists in parallel, but that's off-topic here.)" Confusingly, states NOT to use Phabricator.

It would be georgeous to discuss and decide on one single place, instead of just opening more places in parallel (which seems like what happened here) to confuse people. (If it's too hard to make an educated decision then I'd propose that a person who opened the second place closes the second place. :P )

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