Scrum of scrums/2016-10-26


Grace will be OOO, and Greg is unable to fill in. Please self-organize facilitation if no one from TPG is able to attend. Thanks!



iOS native appEdit

Current Board (5.3 is in Beta): Since we last met:

  • Notifications released to beta today (10/25)
  • Alternate Table of Contents style for UX research complete (phab:T147214)
  • Analyzed and fixed crashes & other regressions based on Beta feedback

Before we meet again:

  • Converge toward release of 5.3
  • Release specialized Alpha app version for UX research
  • Start work on Accessibility sprint - Dynamic Text Size (app font size changes with system font setting)

No blockers

Android native appEdit

  • Current sprint (
    • Wikipedia Zero system notifications almost ready (phab:T135450)
    • Continuing Q2 goals for Wikidata descriptions
    • Beta coming next week or so
    • CI screenshot regression testing, lots of new tests written and old tests revised, lots of tech debt chores
    • Lots of volunteer contributions
    • Minimum Android API level increased to Android v4.1 (phab:T147010)
    • Improved Chinese variant detection
  • Next sprint:
    • More Q2 goals for Wikidata descriptions

Mobile Content Service (MCS)Edit

  • Improving blacklisting of page titles from the most-read endpoint

Reading WebEdit

Reading InfrastructureEdit

Community TechEdit


  • No blockers
  • Working on multiwiki indexes
  • Bm25 is being reindexed for top languages
  • BM25 test for ja, zh and th coming up
  • FIle properties search should be enabled on most wikis except commons, still waiting to reindex commons, should be done this week





  • Not blocking.
  • Not blocked.
  • Updates:
    • ContentTranslation will (most probably this week) get template support soon.
    • Last week was team offsite.


  • Team was away at two back to back offsites in Seattle.
  • Linter extension work ongoing (Kunal & Arlo) to expose Parsoid linter "errors" to editors to fix up pages (see wikitech-l thread).
  • Arlo working with releng to fix some edge case issues in scap deploys of Parsoid code.



No blockers

Architecture / ArchComEdit

Release EngineeringEdit

  • Blocking
    • None?
  • Blocked
    • None.
  • Updates
    • Migrating Zuul/Jenkins on Nov 1st, there will be downtine
    • REL1_28 branched, rc.0 on Nov 2nd




Technical OperationsEdit

  • Blocked
    • None
  • Blocking
    • None
  • Updates
    • LabsDBs getting new hardware, setup, and so on. It's a Goal to have the entire infrastructure revamped.
    • Varnish 4 migration of the text cluster ongoing
    • kernel upgrades everywhere, ops is quite busy rebooting machines
    • Globalsign outage remediation fix to be reverted after Globalsign prompts everyone to do so
    • Icinga migrated to new hosts and software versions
    • kibana is now behind LVS



Unrelated: Is the VisualEditor team aware that the Commons community virtually disabled the VisualEditor upload feature? Only Commons experts can use it now, which I believe is the opposite of the audience the feature was build for. Yes, they are, as this was widely discussed: phabricator:T120867.

Fundraising TechEdit

  • CentralNotice: partially fixed
  • Donation forms: tweaking error messages and email typo detection feedback
  • Still fixing a few bugs shaken out by queue overhaul
  • Cleaning up now-unused ActiveMQ code
  • Investigating uptick in premature session timeouts on payments-wiki
  • Mailing list tweaks