Wikimedia Hackathon 2018/Prehackathon Montpellier


PREHACKATHON IN MONTPELLIER | 14-15 April 2018 | Montpellier, France
Views of Montpellier
Views of Montpellier

The pre-hackathon in Montpellier will take place the 14th and 15th of April 2018 in Montpellier, France. It is a warm up event linked to Wikimedia Hackathon 2018 and it will be focused on gadgets maintenance and updating, especially for the French Wikipedia.


During the Wikiconvention francophone 2017, there was an open discussion about the state of technical things on the projects, especially the French Wikipedia. We observed that the gadgets [in the French Wikipedia at least] are hardly maintained over time and a lot of gadgets are written in old-style JavaScript, likely to break in case of deprecation of some part of libraries and possibly with security concerns.

The following tasks are within the scope of the event (non-comprehensive list):

  • Update or rewrite legacy gadgets to state-of-the-art JavaScript
  • Update the technical documentation and ensure it is consistent everywhere (or centralize it when possible)
  • Create a git repository that non-sysop developers can use to push updates to gadgets, etc. (Phab:T179550)
  • Maybe a training session for outsider JS devs who might want to create or maintain Wikipedia gagdets
  • Anything related to the creation of a Central Gadget Taskforce (phab:T159334)


Atelier des pigistes, 171 rue frimaire 34000 Montpellier. (map)

  • Tram 3/1/4 arrêt Rives du Lez ou 1/3 Port Marianne



Program outline[edit]

Friday 13th[edit]

Friday is the travel day. Come and join us around some drinks in the evening at the Barbote (1 Rue des deux Ponts, 34000 Montpellier) from 19h.

Saturday 14th[edit]

Time Agenda
09:30 Doors open
10:00 Formal presentation of the prehackathon
10:30 Pitch of proposals, projects and ideas
11:00 "JavaScript for Mediawiki" tutorial by 0x010C
13:00 Lunch
20:00 1st Wrap up so far

Sunday 15th[edit]

Time Agenda
9:30 AM state of the question so far
13:00 Lunch
16:30 Wrap up
17:00 Fin. Everybody goes home ;)

Preparing for the pre-hackathon[edit]

  • Download and install Git (optional recommendation: also install the GitHub Desktop client, this is especially recommended for people who are relatively new to Git)

Tentative plans for hackathon[edit]

  • We will sent a message to confirmed attendees and we will write here a program proposal some days before the event. This will be just a proposal, some guidelines, not mandatory at all.


The room allows ~15 people attending.


  1. Sylvain WMFr (talk) 18:05, 10 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
    Trizek/Trizek (talk) 18:37, 10 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Léna (talk) 18:59, 10 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
    Tpt (talk) 20:02, 10 January 2018 (UTC) Not available this week-end.[reply]
  3. Framawiki (talk) 19:57, 16 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  4. — 0x010C ~talk~ 19:58, 16 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Arkanosis 20:28, 16 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Oodna (talk) 20:31, 16 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Ltrlg, 08:32, 19 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Mohamedudhuman05, 10:54, 26 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]
    --ÀlexHinojo (talk) 14:24, 23 January 2018 (UTC) (link with Barcelona event)[reply]
    DCausse (WMF) (talk) 08:48, 2 February 2018 (UTC) unexpected family obligations[reply]
    Culex (talk) 13:47, 6 February 2018 (UTC) (contre-temps) [reply]
  9. Sukkoria (talk) 10:21, 24 February 2018 (UTC) (not sure yet)[reply]
  10.  --Toniher (talk) 20:32, 15 March 2018 (UTC) (attending in lieu of Àlex, link with Barcelona event)[reply]
  11. Drongou (talk) 14:26, 20 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Mah3110 (talk) 08:58, 22 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]
  13. DePlusJean (talk) 08:28, 10 April 2018 (UTC) (initiation and photographing the events )[reply]



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Get in touch[edit]


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