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The team did the first deployment of VisualEditor and Parsoid
, with an early version now live in a test namespace on mediawiki.org. This editor is broadly feature-compatible with the old, EditableSurface-style code which this replaces, while being the first release that can create and edit pages. The team is now planning to deploy new code as it develops every two weeks or so. The initial push will be to work on bug-fixes, and to finalise the code for a few features that were close to being ready before the first deployment.
worked with new WMF engineer Matthias Mullie
and OmniTI to develop a range of new features
for version 5 of the Article Feedback Tool
(AFT5). This month, the team completed primary feature development for this tool, including the article feedback page
, the central feedback page
, and the final feedback form
(scroll to bottom of page). We started writing and publishing new documentation about this project, including this help page
. Dario Taraborelli
, Aaron Halfaker
and Oliver Keyes
published a full report
that suggests that people who post feedback are more likely to edit articles afterwards. Roan Kattouw
continued to review our code and trained our team to start deploying code on their own. We have started a wider deployment of AFT, which will gradually increase our coverage to 10% of the English encyclopedia by the end of July, with full deployment a couple months later.
, Benny Situ
, Fabrice Florin
, Oliver Keyes
, Brandon Harris
, Vibha Bamba
and Howie Fung
deployed an updated version of the New Pages Feed
(formerly called Page Triage
) on the English Wikipedia. This new tool provides an enhanced list of pages for review by community patrollers. The team also deployed the first version of a new curation toolbar to appear on article pages, enabling patrollers to get more article info, mark pages as reviewed, or tag them. We plan to complete development of the full curation toolbar this month (including tools to nominate articles for deletion and send WikiLove to page creators), then start integrating it with the Article Creation landing system
. Check out the current prototype
on the English Wikipedia, as well as the latest version
on Wikimedia Labs. (Tech tip: if you are an auto-confirmed editor, click "Review" on any unreviewed article shown in red on New Pages Feed and add "?curationtoolbar=true" to the URL.) Please report any bugs on Bugzilla
The demo with the latest version is deployed on WMF Labs
where there's a cluster of 4 wikis connected with a shared Gadget repository.
- Finished back-end validation of gadget definitions when saving. Users now get a descriptive error and the edit will not be saved.
- Roan implemented a view for Gadget definitions where the JSON syntax is prettified with indention etc.
- Timo is currently going through a review backlog in the RL2 branch, and working on front-end implementation of the new "skins" and "position" properties in the (visual) gadget defininition editor.
- Assorted other progress on the implementation of the specification, and task list of small bug fixes and improvements.
Jeroen De Dauw
and Sam Reed
finished review. Extension has been deployed, but temporarily disabled again due to a namespace/title conflict with a Star Trek: Voyager episode ("Course: Oblivion"!). This should be resolved shortly.
The team redeployed the Timestamp Position Modification
experiment and it is now wrapped and in analysis. Designs and analytics work on the next experiment, post-edit feedback
, were completed in preparation for a July deployment. Debug hooks were added to the clicktracking extension
with the goal of improving QA for experiments. We wrote a clicktracking dashboard
that intercepts event logging calls and displays them on-screen, shows which experiments are currently active, and to which bucket (if any) the current user has been assigned. Work is ongoing on a re-write of the clicktracking extension, which is taking shape as at Extension:E3_Experiments
Phil, Tomasz, and Arthur worked together to test out several new contact methods for mobile users. They routed general contact emails to OTRS and technical emails are going directly to the engineering team. With some minor changes a more permanent email address will be set up for technical problems.
The WLM app team (Yuvi, Phil, Elke, Lindsey & Jon) worked closely during the month of June to finalize requirements, draft workflows, design mockups, and begin implementation on the first version of the app. The team did its first showcase of the app and are working quickly to resolve any outstanding bugs.
The app team (Yuvi) spent the month of June polishing off the Wikipedia app for Android (Vers. 1.2) and iOS (Vers. 3.2). Android is available in the market immediately while iOS is still under Apple review. The iOS version is picking up the latest PhoneGap 1.7 changes and will see a dramatic speed improvement.
Dan and Patrick continued conducting tests with Orange in six different countries. Additional testing and refinement is under way with our partners in Bangladesh and Montenegro. Dan and Patrick continued conducting tests with our partners in Bangladesh and Montenegro. We debugged and resolved serious issues with our Opera Mini integration and general infrastructure.
Tomasz worked with Legal and our new contractor OpenPath to close the initial work agreement. OpenPath has kicked off their development and we should see their first check in shortly. Initial screen flows can be found here
. Kul & Phil worked to settle our initial device test list. Patrick will be providing any necessary technical assistance.
Wikipedia over SMS & USSD
We've been making significant progress recently to secure the necessary partnerships that will make it possible to provide Wikipedia over SMS.
Mobile default for sibling projects
Phil, Patrick, Max, and Asher worked together to prep the sibling projects to become mobile default. Phil used the global messaging to notify all affected village pumps about the change. Patrick, Max, and Asher refined our squid mobile redirector to allow for new projects and enabled it for Wiktionary, Wikinews, and Wikisource. All three of these projects default to mobile now if we detect a mobile phone. We've scheduled our next set of projects on the project timeline
Improved Mobile Device Detection
This has been a very busy month for Gerrit. The creation of new projects continues; this month saw every extension deployed on Translatewiki moved to Git. During the week of June 25th, we experienced some downtime with Gerrit due to search engine crawlers overloading the server. Also that week, lots of improvements to IRC logging were made, although discussion continues
on how to make the bots more effective. We have scheduled an upgrade of Gerrit to the 2.4 release for the week of July 2nd--this will bring the much desired "Rebase button" to Gerrit which should lighten users' workload for trivial merges.
Development on TimedMediaHandler has been put on pause until Jan Gerber
comes into San Francisco late July for the final push. Ben Hartshorne is installing SSDs for use in storing the object listing database, in hopes that having faster storage will result in faster purge times (fixing bug 34717
), which we hoped to complete in June, but which is stretching into July. All work for deploying Swift for storage of original images is on hold until we fix the object listing performance problems.
Tim Starling led tutorial sessions
in June and videos (first session
, second session
) are now available on Vimeo. They will be on Wikimedia Commons by mid-July. Ross Andrews is now working on documentation in the form of help/tutorial pages, especially describing the MediaWiki interface. Once that's done, Tim will promote the prototyping site on Labs
more heavily, and at some point after that, we will install the Scribunto extension on mediawiki.org. Work on Lua was paused in late June to catch up on other activities. Full deployment to Wikimedia sites is scheduled for 2013.
Code review management
Diederik van Liere is gathering Gerrit stats now, and is planning to publish the first batch soon. In the meantime, current statistics on all MediaWiki (core and extensions):
- 49 that have received a positive tentative review (+1) but have not been merged (+2)
- 203 that received neither -2, -1, +1, nor +2 reviews (but might have textual comments)
- 61 received a negative tentative review (-1) with issue to be addressed by the original contributor
- 15 that have been rejected (-2) but not yet abandoned by their original authors
Security auditing and response
Site performance and architecture
An initial investigation has begun on the possibility of upgrading from PHP 5.3 to PHP 5.4. Benchmarks are very promising, but a security enhancement we are currently using with PHP 5.3 (Suhosin) is not yet available for PHP 5.4, so the team is debating whether to carry on without it, as well as estimating the performance penalty introduced by this patch. More improvements have been made to Ganglia and Graphite.
QA and testing
This month saw a big focus on hiring the QA Engineer
and Volunteer QA Coordinator
. We also continued to be focused on testing Article Feedback
(including via an event on IRC with OpenHatch and new testing volunteers
), and are working to get beta labs fit for use as a test environment for AFT and Editor Engagement (E2).
The primary focus of Beta cluster work in June was in service to TimedMediaHandler (TMH). TMH has been setup though transcoding is not operational yet, since that would require a fully functional job queue. The team discovered that the version of Ubuntu currently used in production (Lucid) won’t work with TimedMedia Handler. As a result, Antoine and Faidon updated the Puppet configurations for the Apache web servers to run on the next generation Ubuntu (Precise). Administrative tools have been setup closely following the way it is done in production. For example, the Beta Cluster now uses the exact same workflow to update the l10n cache as we do in production. The team plans to further improve this by fetching l10n updates from translatewiki.
is working on setting up the new TestSwarm in Wikimedia Labs. We will use the TestSwarm and BrowserStack API through the testswarm-browserstack bridge to automatically populate the swarm with needed browsers. Antoine Musso
upgraded Jenkins to the latest version, 1.472.
Erik Zachte and Fabian Kaelin prepared the June Reportcard
for the monthly Metrics Meeting. David Schoonover worked on adding d3.js support to Limn and is preparing to publish the project's source code on github.com.
A change to add 2 new headers to logging fields has been submitted. We are waiting on the go ahead from consumers to merge and deploy this.
The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking a Bug Wrangler
to work on management of bugs.
Summer of Code 2012/management
The Google Summer of Code students
continue their twelve weeks of design and coding.
Wikimedia Foundation engineering project documentation
Volunteer coordination and outreach
continued to follow up on contacts, recruit new contributors to the Wikimedia tech community, and mentor new contributors. She granted developer access and Gerrit project ownership requests, and planned upcoming events. The Foundation is also hiring a coordinator for volunteer testers
and an engineering outreach coordinator
to work on volunteer coordination and outreach.
Wikimedia engineering 20% policy
- The Wikidata project is funded and executed by Wikimedia Deutschland.
The team published an easier-to-understand version of their data model, updated their story boards for how to link between Wikipedias in the future, and submitted a proposal to the Knight News Challenge to make Wikidata a central, persistent repository for identifiers on the web in a second year of development. Also, proposed logos went up for public voting.
The engineering management team continues to update the Software deployments page weekly, providing up-to-date information on the upcoming deployments to Wikimedia sites, as well as the engineering roadmap, listing ongoing and future Wikimedia engineering efforts.