Hi this is Jesse - please drop a line re: MW RSS extension. I'm working on a screen-scraper approach for generating feeds. Jdz 00:31, 22 January 2012 (UTC)Reply

Friendly reminder: 1/13 @ 19:00 UTC - MediaWiki Workshop: Preparing extensions for MW 1.19 in #wikimedia-dev edit

Thank you for your interest in the MediaWiki Workshop, Preparing extensions for MediaWiki 1.19!

As a friendly reminder, the workshop is being held being held in about 12 hours - 13 January, 2012 at 19:00 UTC - in IRC (#wikimedia-dev).

This workshop will be an opportunity to share information about changes in MediaWiki 1.19 that may require revisions to extensions or skins. Also an opportunity for developers to ask questions regarding extension development.

Look forward to seeing you in IRC.  :) --Varnent 06:20, 13 January 2012 (UTC)Reply

Usurpation request / SUL unification edit

I certify I made the ursupation request on en:Wikipedia:Changing_username/Usurpations. Thanks for your help! --Mglaser (talk) 09:21, 12 December 2013 (UTC)Reply

A barnstar for you! edit

  The Original Barnstar
Nice extensions.... Please share your wikimedia email... :) Adi.iiita (talk) 07:30, 20 February 2014 (UTC)Reply

GSoC 2014 Talk edit

I have submitted my proposal for Catalogue for MediaWiki extensionsfor GSoC 2014. Need to talk to you about the project. Please tell me how can i contact you.--mecyborg (talk) 5:30, 21 March 2014 (UTC)

Wikimania Submission Acceptance edit

On behalf of the Wikimania 2014 program committee, I am very pleased to inform you that you that your Wikimania submission "How about a MediaWiki Consortium?" has been accepted PENDING CONFIRMATION OF ATTENDANCE.

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Hi edit

I read your Wikimania page ([1]). I would like to suggest that you use #mediawiki connect if not already: I could not find you in there. The channel would make use of extra support from knowledgeable people, from what I could see.

On a related note, I believe Wikimedia Foundation is interested in third parties — unlike what you are saying in your presentation abstract at Wikimania. A part of this interest is their desire to develop new extensions by Wikimedia Engineering. These extensions are undergo code review, and some of them become built into mediawiki. They feel that such extensions are easy to install. Some of their such thoughts can be seen here: they say

[By writing UploadWizard in wiki markup,] we would lose a lot of the benefits we get from having UploadWizard be an extension: It gets proper code review, it can be configured (and the configuration also gets code review), it can be distributed to third party sites, and so on.

During this process, they also manage to, in my personal view, fail to meet the needs of Wikimedia projects themselves. This is caused by, at least, these issues.

  • They do the decision-making and don't ask community what it wants. What it does in fact need is universal means of easing routine work. The software should be easily scriptable by end users, and this should be doable by means other than manually editing a file with importScript() lines (which lack information about maintainer, a description, or a link to documentation).
    • The gadgets tab is half-way there. But everyone should be able to make them. Sysops should be actively making them.
    • Gadget kitchen should be more systemized and localised.
    • Some feel that wiki markup should be more flexible and should allow JavaScript-y things: n:Help:Wndialog. This would allow interactive wizard kind of things on-wiki without resorting to extensions.
  • Unregisterd contributors’ life is getting harder with each step of the Engineering team, but they are the majority of contributing force. I had written an essay at Meta about this, and helpful people added some more things I didn't even know about: Musings about unregistered contributors.

--Gryllida 11:20, 10 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

Hi Gryllida, thanks for sharing your thoughts. A few remarks and answers:
  • I do not think (and did not mean to state) the Foundation is not interested in 3rd parties. It's just that their focus is not on 3rd party use. As they do have sparse ressources, this naturally leads to less attention to 3rd party issues.
  • As the recent discussions about MediaViewer have shown, there's a big issue we need to tackle. That is: moving code that is meant to be essential to the user experience from the scope of site developers to the scope of site admins. While this gives more power to the admins, it also means more responsibility for them. As you have pointed out, this is putting decision making about site behavior on a new level. In 3rd party wikis, this question makes a big difference: how much of the site customisation can be done on-wiki, without permission to access the server scripts (which usually means involving the IT department)? I feel that MediaWiki, with its Common.js and other js articles, is quite unique among other software in empowering site admins. Now, on Wikimedia sites, we can and must find good policies that can serve as a role model for 3rd parties. Having said that, I do not have a solution ready :/
  • re:Javascript-y things. Do you feel that Lua is a way to resolve this?
  • re:Unregistered contributors. I like the essay and the issues you pointed out are very vaild. However, I tend to think these are not major issues in most 3rd party wikis, as they run in corporate or otherwise closed shop contexts which require log in anyways.
In case you are interested in helping 3rd parties, you could have a look at MediaWiki Cooperation. I am very interested in your thougts! --Mglaser (talk) 22:53, 15 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

Decoupling security logic edit

Hi Markus, glad to chat with you yesterday! The componentization initiative I was mentioning can be found here, and FYI I've added you as a reviewer to the current patch, Gerrit change 166357. Thanks, Adamw (talk) 18:51, 27 January 2015 (UTC)Reply

Hi Adam, it was nice talking to you! And thanks for pointing me to your RfC. I appreciate your efforts to make it easier to add page protection models to MediaWiki. --Mglaser (talk) 15:31, 16 February 2015 (UTC)Reply

BlueSpice and Semantic edit

I see you gave a talk in 2012. I'm currently using BlueSpice and am considering adding Semantic extensions. Can you please comment on the compatibility of these two and any issues I may face? Thanks. WilliamKF (talk) 19:09, 13 July 2015 (UTC)Reply

Hi, WilliamKF, nice to hear you're using BlueSpice! The current version, 2.23.1 should be fully compatible with SMW 2+ and extensions thereof. That means, you can run BlueSpice and SMW in the same wiki and they don't interfere with each other. As of now, there is no futher integration of both, so e.g. in Semantic Forms you'll not be able to use BlueSpice's visual editor. However, that is on the roadmap for our upcoming release, which is scheduled in October. -- 02:35, 22 July 2015 (UTC)Reply

SMWCon Fall 2016 - Frankfurt am Main edit

Hello there! I am the local chair this year. Please add you talk at the:


section. Please add also a wiki page with a short description of your talk.

Best wishes and see you soon!

--LiaVeja (talk) 10:00, 31 August 2016 (UTC)Reply

OK, will do --Mglaser (talk) 14:20, 5 September 2016 (UTC)Reply

Share your experience and feedback as a Wikimedian in this global survey edit

Your feedback matters: Final reminder to take the global Wikimedia survey edit

(Sorry to write in Engilsh)

issue for MW Stakeholders' Group perhaps? edit

Just a heads up, I thought the phabricator issue concerning ElasticSearch versions supported might be relevant for the Stakeholders' Group. Cheers! --JosefAssad (talk) 08:29, 14 May 2017 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the notice. I'll have a look and join the discussion on phabricator. --Mglaser (talk) 09:35, 15 May 2017 (UTC)Reply

Thumbnail image generation edit

Hello Markus,

I recently noticed that the thumbnail image generation can generate poor quality images when downscaling JPEG or PNG files. For example, the thumbnail generated for


is [[2]]. A good scaling algorithm will produce something like this:

Better quality scaled down file for Adventitious Angles image

If you are not the right person to ask about this, could you please pass this on to someone who might be interested?

Thanks, Jrheller1 (talk) 18:50, 19 June 2018 (UTC)Reply

References edit

  1. This survey is primarily meant to get feedback on the Wikimedia Foundation's current work, not long-term strategy.
  2. Legal stuff: No purchase necessary. Must be the age of majority to participate. Sponsored by the Wikimedia Foundation located at 149 New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA, USA, 94105. Ends January 31, 2017. Void where prohibited. Click here for contest rules.

Results from global Wikimedia survey 2018 are published edit

19:25, 1 October 2018 (UTC)

A proposal for WikiJournals to become a new sister project edit

Hi Markus. Over the last few years, the WikiJournal User Group has been building and testing a set of peer reviewed academic journals on a mediawiki platform. The main types of articles are:

  • Existing Wikipedia articles submitted for external review and feedback (example)
  • From-scratch articles that, after review, are imported to Wikipedia (example)
  • Original research articles that are not imported to Wikipedia (example)

Proposal: WikiJournals as a new sister project

I'd be particularly interested in your opinion as someone with MediaWiki experience outside of the traditional WMF ecosystem! We are attempting to improve awareness within the extended mediawiki community, so feel free to share with others.

Please take a look and support/oppose/comment! T.Shafee(Evo﹠Evo)talk 02:25, 3 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Confluence to Mediawiki tutorial? edit

Hi Markus. I am interested in migrating my organisation from confluence to mediawiki, I noticed there is a real dearth of material about how to do this on the net but a bug is assigned to you about making a tutorial - do you have any hints for making it work? If you can help me where to start I think we may be able to use my move as a case study since my organisation has a pretty standard confluence setup I would imagine.

Extension:WindowsAzureStorage edit

Hi! Apparently, the extension is outdated and no longer functional. Someone else forked it on GitHub with a fix. Since you're listed as maintainer of the extension, I'm writing this message to let you know about this and check if it's possible to add the fix to the repo on gerrit, or else consider archiving the repository if nobody is going to maintain it. --Ciencia Al Poder (talk) 13:03, 19 April 2020 (UTC)Reply

About WindowsAzureStorage edit

Please, is it necessary to install before WindowsAzureSDK? 17:31, 16 March 2021 (UTC)Reply

Clear steps for setting up Movement Charter Drafting Committee selection group edit

Dear MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group representative,

I am following up on the long email we sent to the user group last week regarding the setup process of the Movement Charter Drafting Committee affiliate selectors group. We are following up with a quick step-by-step summary to make the request more clear:

  • Step 1 - We are using a regional approach. Verify that your affiliate appears in the right region in the list. If yes, no action needed. If not, please correct it.
  • Step 2 - All affiliates in the region will nominate 1 selector for the whole region. Arrange an online meeting, social media conversation or wiki page to decide the process for your region.
  • Step 3 - Run the process of selecting the selector.
  • Step 4 - Notify the Movement Strategy and Governance team of the outcome, so we can set up and convene the group of selectors.
  • These steps should be completed by October 10, 2021.

Movement Strategy and Governance team is readily available to support or facilitate any regional discussions at any of the described steps.

The Movement Strategy and Governance team will be available to answer any questions or specifications you may have regarding this.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Mervat Salman (She/Her)
Movement Strategy and Governance Facilitator
wikimediafoundation.org --Mervat (WMF) (talk) 12:07, 24 September 2021 (UTC)Reply

How we will see unregistered users edit


You get this message because you are an admin on a Wikimedia wiki.

When someone edits a Wikimedia wiki without being logged in today, we show their IP address. As you may already know, we will not be able to do this in the future. This is a decision by the Wikimedia Foundation Legal department, because norms and regulations for privacy online have changed.

Instead of the IP we will show a masked identity. You as an admin will still be able to access the IP. There will also be a new user right for those who need to see the full IPs of unregistered users to fight vandalism, harassment and spam without being admins. Patrollers will also see part of the IP even without this user right. We are also working on better tools to help.

If you have not seen it before, you can read more on Meta. If you want to make sure you don’t miss technical changes on the Wikimedia wikis, you can subscribe to the weekly technical newsletter.

We have two suggested ways this identity could work. We would appreciate your feedback on which way you think would work best for you and your wiki, now and in the future. You can let us know on the talk page. You can write in your language. The suggestions were posted in October and we will decide after 17 January.

Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:17, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

Requesting feedback on Draft Leadership Definition by LDWG edit

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TL;DR: The draft leadership definition[1] prepared by the Leadership Development Working Group is ready for community feedback! Please share your feedback on Meta[2], the feedback form[3] or the Movement Strategy Forum[4]. You can also directly mail us at  leadershipworkinggroup@wikimedia.org. The feedback will be collected till October 6, 2022.  

Hello everyone!

I hope you are aware that the Leadership Development Working Group[5] has been working over the past few months to formulate and find ways to nurture the leadership of our movement. The Leadership Development Working Group (LDWG) is a group of Wikimedia volunteers representing different communities, languages, roles, and experiences. We are pleased to inform the community that our draft definition of leadership is now available for community feedback. This first draft definition of leadership was written after months of discussion, learning, and sharing from our community perspective. The Wikimedia Movement, which is by nature diverse and distinctive in its own way, is expressly addressed by this definition.

Please consider going through the definition and letting us know what you think by October 6, 2022. The draft definition includes a general definition of leadership and subcategories that elaborate on the actions, qualities, and outcomes of good leadership.

There are many places where you can express your ideas, suggestions, and comments, such as the meta talk page[2], the feedback form[3], and Movement Strategy Forum Post[4]. You can also directly mail us at leadershipworkinggroup@wikimedia.org.

You can check if the general definition, and the subcategories align with your idea of leadership in the movement. You can also try finding the gaps, maybe some qualities of a leader or anything else are missing in the draft definition or you can check if the definition applies to all cultural, linguistic, community or other contexts of the movement and share your thoughts with us.

Together, let's celebrate the movement's diverse and distinctive leadership!

Thank you.

[1] Link to the draft definition on meta

[2] Link to meta talk page

[3] Link to the feedback form

[4] Link to the Movement Strategy Forum post

[5] Link to the meta page of LDWG CCasares (WMF) (talk) 21:24, 28 September 2022 (UTC)Reply