Wikimedia Technical Committee/Minutes/2020-09-02

The TechCom planning meeting is a weekly invite-only video discussion, generally held on Wednesday 13:00 USA Pacific Time.
See also TechCom-RFC workboard in Phabricator. (Private minutes)

Present: Daniel, Dan, Niklas, Timo.

New RFC: Challenges of developing with npm dependencies[edit]

  • The “frontend build step” RFC is overly broad, and has drifted over time, see
  • Dan will draft a new RFC focused on some of the issues we encounter in the Analytics team when developing Node.js services. Specifically around code review, CI/deploy, and dependency auditing.

Parsoid extension API[edit]

  • TT: this is a major milestone RFC, the new parser will replace the old one. Hooks and methods not mentioned here will likely be deprecated/removed. I believe that’s well-understood and the
  • Parsoid team did great outreach over the past year. This should be detailed and summarised on the RFC, or linked to.

Session expiry[edit]

  • Pywikibot users have been experiencing CSRF tokens, see
  • This may be due to the fact that we have become more strict about expiring web sessions after a given time since we moved session storage to the Kask service.
  • It is currently unclear from the documentation for how long a CSRF token is valid for. This should be made more clear.

Removal of unused code without deprecation[edit]

  • Daniel proposed a change to the stable interface policy on wikitech-l, in a thread titled “Making breaking changes without deprecation?”
  • Reactions are mixed, more feedback welcome.
  • The input from the mailing list will be used to update the current policy