The Developer Advocacy team is a sub team of the Technical Engagement team. The Developer Advocacy team supports the technical communities who use Wikimedia web APIs and software projects to spread and improve free knowledge. They collaborate with teams in the Wikimedia Foundation, the larger Wikimedia movement, and external organizations to promote the use of the Wikimedia platforms via documentation, sample code, libraries, articles, and reference applications. The team also supports programs to actively recruit and mentor new technical contributors who will become the next generation of Wikimedia Foundation staff and FLOSS project maintainers. Our primary focus is to help the developer community build and scale successful projects using Wikimedia technology. We encourage them to contribute to our free and open source projects as a way to achieve their own goals.
To contact us, see #Team below.
These are regular tasks that usually don't make it to our goals or backlogs explicitly, but take a significant portion of our time and attention.
Everywhere (within reason)
- Help newcomers with technical questions, reporting their first bugs, or looking for first tasks to contribute.
Scan new tasks in Phabricator, bringing them into good shape and looking for potential issues that need escalation.
- Triage old tasks in order to push forward bugs or feature requests that require higher attention, or resolving obsolete reports.
- Oversee the creation and renaming of new projects.
For a more detailed description of workflows, see Bugwrangler.
- Organization of online and in-person events for hacking, training, and promoting new technologies.
- Find ways to make events accessible to all participants.
Coordination of entry-level and mid-level documentation with a focus on documentation for volunteer contributors that encourages developers to use Wikimedia data and APIs. More info at Documentation.
See Wikimedia technical blog editorial guidelines.
Coordinate Wikimedia's participation in Outreach-Programme (Google Summer of Code, Outreachy, Season of Docs, etc.) to bring in new contributors to our technical projects and introduce them to free and open source software.
Technical Community Metrics
Maintain https://wikimedia.biterg.io which offers some statistics about Wikimedia's technical community. See Community metrics.
See Wikimedia Technical Engagement/Goals for a list of ongoing work.
Some recent or ongoing projects:
- Building technical capacity in smaller wikis (phab:T242542)
- Improving and creating MediaWiki Action API documentation, Toolforge documentation, PAWS documentation and PAWS tutorials (since 2020)
- Help organize the annual Coolest Tool Award
- Creating a Developer Portal (07/2020–06/2022)
- Refresh of the mediawiki.org frontpage (10/2018–04/2019; Screenshot comparison)
- Creating a series of tutorial videos how to use phabricator.wikimedia.org (2020)
Also see Wikimedia Technical Engagement/Workshops and talks.
You can follow our work and get involved. Contributors of all disciplines and skill levels are welcome!
We mainly use Phabricator for planning work. You can find our workboard at phab:tag/developer-advocacy/.
Every significant task that doesn't belong to a regular workflow needs to have its own Phabricator task associated to the team project.
Our Phabricator workboard columns have the following meaning:
- To Triage: New tasks are placed automatically in this column. Then we move them to the column that seems more appropriate. Such moving can be done by anyone in the team. If the task does not seem trivial, it is to be brought up in our team meeting as a routine. Ignore the "Priority" value of a task in this column, as it might be the Priority of another team.
- Backlog: We have looked at tasks in this column. Tasks here could be assigned to a team member but we rather want to avoid cookie licking. If it is likely that we soon want to work on a task, we might give that task a higher priority or even move it to a quarterly column.
- Team radar: Tasks that are interesting to us but we do not work on and do not drive these tasks. Hence we do not close these tasks but only remove our team project tag if at all.
- Quarterly: Tasks we plan to work on in this quarter. Tasks should have an assignee.
See the corresponding entries on Wikimedia Technology/Annual Plans for goals since July 2021.
For historical goals, see the "Technical Engagement" section in the corresponding quarter linked on Wikimedia Technology/Goals before July 2021, and #Historical data below.
Also see the corresponding quarterly columns on the Phabricator team workboard.
|Foto||Name, Title||Main Focus Areas|
Senior Developer Advocate
|Running learning and knowledge-sharing initiatives for technical outreach, community, and capacity building. Some current projects: Outreach programs, Small Wiki Toolkits, Wikimedia tech swag program. Some past projects: Toolhub, MediaWiki Action API Documentation improvements.|
Staff Developer Advocate
|Bugwrangler (Phabricator), Community metrics, Developer Portal (and sometimes documentation), |
|Empower developers and technical contributors to find, benefit from, and improve technical documentation.|
|Seyram Komla Sapaty,
|Working with the technical community around Wikimedia's Tools & Cloud Services|
|Making technical documentation better and easier to access.|
Technical Community Program Manager
You can contact the entire team
- by adding a comment on the Discussion page of this very page, or
- by creating a task in Phabricator under phab:tag/developer-advocacy/ if you are sure that we are the correct team for a specific task.
To contact individual team members, see the contact information on the individual user pages (linked above).
Before July 2018, this team was called Developer Relations. Before September 2015, this team was called Engineering Community.
Our previous activity is in the links on the Engineering Community Team template on MediaWiki wiki.
Before April 2016, the team used monthly Sprint projects in Phabricator to plan work. For older monthly sprint projects before the team name was changed in Sep2015, see Oct2014, Nov2014, Dec2014, Jan2015, Feb2015, Mar2015, Apr2015, May2015, Jun2015, Jul2015, Aug2015.
See the "Technical Engagement" section in the corresponding quarter linked on Wikimedia Technology/Goals.
For older goals:
The Wikimedia Foundation performed Quarterly Reviews for a while. They were later renamed to Quarterly Check Ins: