Engineering Community Team/Meetings/2012-03-06

TLDR meeting, 6 March 2012

Attending: Guillaume, Mark, Sumana, Chris McMahon, RobLa

List of projectsEdit

  • Code review meistering
  • 1.19 stuff: deployment & release support
  • Git and Gerrit migration
  • SWIFT deployment support
  • Bug Triage
    • Individual developer assignment work (what bugs are assigned to whom)
  • Bugzilla application management
  • Wikimedia blog maintenance
  • Training documentation
  • Monthly report
  • Communications support
  • Engineering project documentation
  • Recruiting/hiring
  • Hackathons/events (January SF, Pune, Berlin, Wikimania)
    • Conferences in general
  • Commit Access
  • Recruitment/encouragement
    • GSOC
    • UCOSP
  • Dev community metrics

Who's doing what (this week)Edit

Chris: learning Git, Gerrit, installation, and who at WMF needs testing services Mark: 1.19 Deployment support, bug triage Guillaume: communications support, monthly report, blog maintenance, meetings meetings meetings RobLa: Recruiting/hiring, 1.19 deployment followup, Git migration, Budget, meetings meetings meetings Sumana: Commit access, volunteer recruiting and encouragement (including GSoC and UCOSP), hackathons and events/conferences in general, engineering project documentation (git)

Code review meisteringEdit

Mark coordinating with RobLa.

Slush is still in effect -- we want people to arrange reviewers before they push anything that’s not a little bugfix. Reviewers, please revert anything that isn’t.

1.19 stuff: deployment & release supportEdit

Found some new volunteers for testing and added them and previous ones to the spreadsheet.

We’re thinking of doing a point deploy from trunk in early March, opportunistically.

  • We should look over bugs on the 1.19.0 milestone. Mark talked with developers about these last Friday in Triage. There are ~30 bugs. Maybe a beta?
 Start the 1.20 series with 1.20 wmf1?  how to decouple deployments from releases?


RobLa says: Sam will put out a beta release very soon.

  • TODO: RobLa, look through a list of bugs to fix before 1.19 release, see what to cull.

Communicating with Gadgets creators? Mark is slowly gathering gadget authors... It would be nice if someone started on a MW.o gadget portal. RobLa: Let's coopt the API mailing list! Guillaume: need a space to point people to when we do outreach. Could be simple. Maybe rename the Timo work

  • TODO: Mark to note names of interested folks

Git and Gerrit migrationEdit

Sumana taking over project management for this (what bugs are blockers, what needs doing when, docs and training)

We should realllllly try to make the 21 March date.

We have the opportunity to do more training. Set expectations: March-April: more training, productivity hit

SWIFT deployment supportEdit

A Village Pump said that there were some thumbnail issues. Commons perhaps.

  • TODO - RobLa to look this up and coordinate with Mark

Bug TriageEdit

Mark: to look at the 1.19-related list and find volunteers to work on stuff.

Individual developer assignment work (what bugs are assigned to whom)Edit

Goal for Mark: by end of Tues, set up 6 of those meetings.

Bugzilla application managementEdit

(Sumana to talk to Rusty) Mark needs to talk to CT about updating BZ templates for entering bugs (on mobile issues) for Tomasz. Maybe get access. Eventually, maybe we should actually design it! with a theme like KDE's Bugzilla

Wikimedia blog maintenanceEdit

good news: RobH upgraded WordPress core & 3rd party extensions, and Daniel Z. deployed Guillaume's improvements and new features in the theme & WMBlog plugin

The rest (skin rewrite) is on hold for now; not time-critical, and Guillaume is using his time in SF for work that requires more interaction; will be resumed next week (if time), but more probably in early April (after vacation, and March report)

More exciting stuff probably coming up this year; will know more after talking to Jay.

Training documentationEdit

We need to improve our installation instructions for MediaWiki. explain dependencies, order, why apt-get MW isn't a good idea, etc. (there's a nice doc about installing 1.16)

  • TODO: Chris says he will actually do this!

Monthly reportEdit

Almost ready, will hopefully be published tomorrow

Guillaume is also going to talk to Tomasz / Phil and Terry to try and set up good reporting practices; hopefully this will make it easier to write the report in the future, starting in March

Communications supportEdit

Guillaume having meetings with the Social Media team, the communications team, etc.

Engineering project documentationEdit


  • updating project pages while putting together the monthly report
  • meeting with Terry about project documentation and features communication
  • meeting with Tomasz & Phil about mobile engineering project documentation
  • meeting with Sumana & Rob about strategy


Rob? (private)

fairly new opening:

Hackathons/events (January SF, Pune, Berlin, Wikimania)Edit

Sumana followed up on Pune event, needs to work on other followup & planning; this week will have call re Berlin planning

Conferences in generalEdit

Sumana continuing to reach out and help arrange talks at upcoming events.

Commit AccessEdit

Extra-long meeting for this week to discuss how to deal with project ownership additions, changes, and removals in the new Git/Gerrit future


Sumana continuing to do this.


Writing org application.


Basically progressing fine

Dev community metricsEdit

On hold, waiting for Claudia to do some Bugzilla-related stuff in March


  • Rob out-of-office week of Mar 26
  • Guillaume: vacation / travel March 15th-25th

Talking about merging labsconsole & wikitech, and centralizing engineering project documentation -- later today in TL;DR strategy meeting