Submissions/Ask the Developers

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
Ask the Developers
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
Siebrand Mazeland
E-mail address
smazeland AT wikimedia DOT org
Country of origin
The Netherlands
Wikimedia Foundation,
Personal homepage or blog
mw:User:Siebrand, translatewiki:User:Siebrand

This session provides a forum for the community to ask questions to 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 hopefully 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 hopefully 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:

  • Visual editor
  • Product roadmap
  • Future of media support / GLAM
  • Code review workflow
  • Community request workflow
  • Many more possible subjects...

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

Technology and Infrastructure
Length of presentation/talk
45 Minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
Not applicable.
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  1. Dmitri Lytov (talk) 20:58, 6 June 2012 (UTC)[reply]
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