Submissions/Ask the developers

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

Submission no. 5006
Title of the submission
Ask the Developers
Type of submission
Panel/hot seat
Author of the submission
Siebrand Mazeland and other present developers for software used by Wikimedia.
E-mail address
Country of origin
The Netherlands
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Foundation,
Personal homepage or blog
mw:User:Siebrand, translatewiki:User:Siebrand
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

This session provides a forum for the community to have an in person dialogue with developers, make suggestions, and discuss long standing issues. The hackings days allow developers to meet and work together, but they lack an opportunity to exchange information with the community. This session is supposed to provide this opportunity.

At past Wikimanias and other events, Wikipedians would try to find a developer in some break between sessions, to ask some question that had been on their mind for a while. But that only works if there is time, and people actually know who to ask, and when. Having a session for this purpose in the program will help to make it easier for people to ask their question, and to get an answer from the person who knows most about the issue. Also, having a scheduled session for this allows questions and answers to be documented, so more people can benefit.

This session will help to elevate the perceived lack of communication between developers and the community, and ease the frustration caused by long standing requests not being implemented. Shedding some light on the development priorities and operational difficulties should provide people with a better understanding of what developers and system administrators are doing, and why.

The topic of the panel is very broad - basically, it can cover anything that someone might want to ask the developers or system administrators. It may be anticipated that the following topics may come up:

  • Flow
  • Visual design and user workflows
  • Visual editor
  • Product roadmap
  • Future of media support
  • Software used for development
  • Community request workflow
  • Many more possible subjects...

This forum mainly aims to create mutual understanding and clarity between users and developers by explanations and discussion, so that they can optimize their future on-line collaborations.

  • Technology, Interface & Infrastructure
Length of session
30 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
If possible, have a room where everyone is equal, and not an auditorium. Fish bowl would be ideal.

Interested attendees

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  1. Qgil (talk) 20:59, 24 March 2014 (UTC), happy to cover Engineering Community Team related questions.[reply]
  2. Dan Garry, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) Would be happy to cover questions about how product and product management relates to software development.
  3. Steven (WMF) (talk) 21:25, 26 March 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Rillke (talk) 16:29, 29 March 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Ocaasi (talk) 22:50, 6 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  6. --Elitre (talk) 12:36, 20 April 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Nkansahrexford (talk) 18:47, 10 May 2014 (UTC)[reply]
  8. Masssly (talk) 12:57, 5 July 2014 (UTC)[reply]
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