I know I already asked that once
I'm sorry for not giving a straightforward answer to that part of your question immediately.
By any chance would you be willing to chat either on the phone or on a video chat?
I'm only using textual communication, not audio and visual mediums for privacy reasons, unfortunately. Long story...
It would be great to discuss which parts of the project you're most curious about helping out with
Indeed. I'm still available for such discussions, mostly on discord. I prefer not to use IRC for its difficulties.
I've enjoyed getting to know the internals of Vector, skinning, its relation to core, etc., getting to know the teams (mostly Readers-Web and DiscussionTools), the development processes and the company culture.
In terms of contribution: my interest was to fix bugs and design flaws that negatively affected user experience (often mine, thus the strong motivation). I reckon now that these affect my UX much more negatively than the dev team's experience and I have no statistics about how many users feels the same, so I've came to accept this won't change and I'm looking for more feasible solutions.
Still, I help out in parts where I've acquired a deep enough knowledge of MediaWiki: mostly in matters of css, html, js (in this order of preference) design in skins, VE, MMV, DT.
In Vector: I've implemented half the Desktop Improvements in patches, to help progress and to showcase solutions with simplicity and clarity in mind.
The motivation was that since December when I created the dark theme I've noticed many over-complicated solutions that carried tech debt from a decade ago. I wanted to clean up these, DI seemed to be a good opportunity to introduce new, cleaner solutions, this is what I've attempted with the numerous patches.
To summarize: I'm usually motivated to help out where I see a way to improve solutions per terms of software and UX design.
The second area is communication with users and communities (research, gathering feedback, solving user issues and advocacy). I often communicate on discord, where a notable part of the community is present, mostly from enwiki and some smaller wikis, but I've seen no WMF presence. Quite a few gadget authors and third party operators can be reached there.
I'm sorry for being so detailed, I hope this helps you get to know my motivation better.
and also how you feel the collaboration is going thus far, and how we can all work together better going forward.
I'd love to share some feedback, suggestions and to discuss it. So far I haven't found the right form and this is the first occasion I'm asked about it. I'm happy to discuss it here or on discord, if any of those is comfortable for you.
Thank you for asking!