Wikimedia Technology/Communication

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Meetings[edit]

Weekly to Monthly meetings[edit]

The following meetings are specific to the Technology department or especially relevant:

Face to Face (F2F) Technology Management meetings[edit]

As the Technology management team is highly remote (only 4 out 13 regular members are local to SF), managers try to get together physically multiple times per year to have high-bandwidth in-person meetings.

  • Notes from Past Meetings
  • Upcoming in-person meetings (planned)
    • FY2017-18 Q1 (Jul-Sep): August 14, 2017: In Montreal in conjunction with Wikimania 2017
    • FY2017-18 Q2 (Oct-Dec): None.
    • FY2017-18 Q3 (Jan-Mar): TBD.
    • FY2017-18 Q4 (Apr-Jun): TBD.

Contacting People[edit]

There are no contact lists specifically for the Technology Department. General resources include:

  • Wikimedia Foundation Staff & Contractors page (Public - managed by Talent & Culture)

Chat[edit]

IRC and Google chat are the main methods of communication. IRC has extensive documentation, is recorded, and depending on the channel, is open to the public. Documentation. List of WMF Channels.

  • Technology uses #wikimedia-tech-mgt
  • TBD: norms for the department? Should each team have a channel? What are the expectations for responsiveness, if any? When should you use IRC to ask for attention vs filing a ticket or emailing or other?

Video[edit]

There are no video tools or norms specific to the Technology Department. General resources include:

  • Google Hangouts are the easiest and can be added to any meeting via the calendar.
  • Bluejeans (We use for Tech meetings) can be controlled through OIT or our admins.

Shared Calendars[edit]

TBD

Mailing Lists[edit]

Some lists are open to any subscriber or archived publically. Other lists are restricted to WMF staff or subsets of staff. Assume that anything written to any list may ultimately become public.

Key public mailing lists[edit]

wikimedia-l Active list with passionate community members - let’s chat about this. General hub of information.
wikitech-l Developers of mediawiki
engineering Anyone (fully public now. Was previously private)
ops Operations staff, volunteers and some developers

WMF lists[edit]

wmfall All employees and employee-like contractors, some contractors, and the occasional Board member.
wmfsf All people working in and around SF office; some Board members and non-local staff.
clevel@wikimedia.org C-level team
editing-team@wikimedia.org Editing Audience

Technology Department lists[edit]

tech-all@wikimedia.org Everybody in the Technology Department
tech-dept-info@wikimedia.org Information primarily for managers in the Technology Department. Includes people who do some managerial work but are not formal people managers, such as Product Managers. Open to anyone at WMF.
tech-dept-sensitive@wikimedia.org Similar to tech-dept-info, but limited specifically to people managers and used only for information that should remain private. Note that long-term privacy is not guaranteed and should not be assumed.
analytics-internal@lists.wikimedia.org Analytics team
community-tech@lists.wikimedia.org Community Tech team
cto-team@wikimedia.org CTO, Program Managers in Technology, eng-admin
discovery-private@lists.wikimedia.org Discovery Audience
eng-admin@wikimedia.org Project Coordinators and Assistants in Technology
mediawiki-core@lists.wikimedia.org MW core team
ops-private@lists.wikimedia.org Operations
reading-wmf@lists.wikimedia.org Reading Audience
releng@lists.wikimedia.org Release Engineering team (internal/coordination only, otherwise all on qa@ and wikitech-l@)
research-internal@lists.wikimedia.org “a cross-departmental list for researchers at the WMF”. Also includes research fellows and NDA’ed collaborators
research-wmf@lists.wikimedia.org WMF Research department (internal discussion)
security@wikimedia.org Operations, security experts across the org. Specifically: root, Darian Patrick, Chad Horohoe, Sam Reed, Tim Starling, Roan Kattouw, Andre Klapper, Timo Tijhof, James Forrester, Katie Horn, Greg Grossmeier, Guillaume Paumier.
wmfproduct@lists.wikimedia.org Product managers and others