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Jon Robson-2
"I came across a patch from a user who was keen to move himself from
"Patch contributors" to "Developers" in the MediaWiki  CREDITS file
[1]. It had been sitting there for over a year. He doesn't seem to
have been active since. I don't know what to do with it. It made me
think.

Do we have it documented anywhere how we use this credits file and why
we feel the need to distinguish between Developers and Patch
Contributors? It seems like a recipe for disaster in my opinion as it
can only lead to hurt feelings due to contributors feeling unfairly
treated. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:Version/Credits leads
with 'We would like to recognize the following persons for their
contribution to MediaWiki." - if someone is not in that list are they
not as important?

If we keep these files we should probably explain the rules to what
adding names looks like within these files and what the process to
adding your name is (can I add myself? Is there a process like getting
+2?)

To take another extreme, we might consider abandoning such a file in
favour of something automatically generated. Things like
https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/graphs/contributors do a far
better job at allowing people to see who contributed to a tool and
making people feel like their work is rewarded.

On a slightly related note, can we abandon the practice of putting
names inside files themselves? I see this practice in JavaScript and
PHP files throughout core (grep for @author). As Team Geek [2] (great
read btw) says "unlike other collaborative pieces of creative work...
software keeps changing even after it's "done". So while listing
contributors credits at the end of a movie is a safe and static thing,
attempting to add and remove names from a source file is a
never-ending exercise in insanity". For similar reasons this practice
gives an impression of ownership of a file/code review
responsibilities (which are not always true) and risks hurt feelings.

[1] https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/blob/master/CREDITS
[2] http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9781449302443

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Re: Crediting the work of our community members

Brian Wolff
On Monday, May 30, 2016, Jon Robson <[hidden email]> wrote:

> "I came across a patch from a user who was keen to move himself from
> "Patch contributors" to "Developers" in the MediaWiki  CREDITS file
> [1]. It had been sitting there for over a year. He doesn't seem to
> have been active since. I don't know what to do with it. It made me
> think.
>
> Do we have it documented anywhere how we use this credits file and why
> we feel the need to distinguish between Developers and Patch
> Contributors? It seems like a recipe for disaster in my opinion as it
> can only lead to hurt feelings due to contributors feeling unfairly
> treated. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:Version/Credits leads
> with 'We would like to recognize the following persons for their
> contribution to MediaWiki." - if someone is not in that list are they
> not as important?
>
> If we keep these files we should probably explain the rules to what
> adding names looks like within these files and what the process to
> adding your name is (can I add myself? Is there a process like getting
> +2?)
>
> To take another extreme, we might consider abandoning such a file in
> favour of something automatically generated. Things like
> https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/graphs/contributors do a far
> better job at allowing people to see who contributed to a tool and
> making people feel like their work is rewarded.
>
> On a slightly related note, can we abandon the practice of putting
> names inside files themselves? I see this practice in JavaScript and
> PHP files throughout core (grep for @author). As Team Geek [2] (great
> read btw) says "unlike other collaborative pieces of creative work...
> software keeps changing even after it's "done". So while listing
> contributors credits at the end of a movie is a safe and static thing,
> attempting to add and remove names from a source file is a
> never-ending exercise in insanity". For similar reasons this practice
> gives an impression of ownership of a file/code review
> responsibilities (which are not always true) and risks hurt feelings.
>
> [1] https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/blob/master/CREDITS
> [2]
http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9781449302443
>
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I think historically the split was between people with (svn) commit access
vs those who had to submit patches via bugzilla.

In modern times, this makes less sense as +2 is a much higher bar than
commit access.

I agree we should formalize it, or remove the distinction. I think there is
a value in recognizing those who have been contributing in the long term vs
those who made a 1 off contribution once. Maybe something like if you have
50 patches merged into core you can be in the developer section (number
picked arbitrary).

As for @author annotations. Ive never really seen the point. Ive usually
looked at them as who started this area of code rather then who neccesarily
"wrote" it. They dont bother me, but if we got rid of them i wouldnt
particularly care either. Except if the code was originally from somewhere
else, then we should probably keep them.

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Re: Crediting the work of our community members

David Gerard-2
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Other projects don't do this, do they? Mozilla and LibreOffice just
list *everyone* in alphabetical order. (I'm still in the Mozilla
credits list for my work on the Mozilla 1.0 FAQ in 2002:
https://www.mozilla.org/credits/ )

On 30 May 2016 at 17:40, Jon Robson <[hidden email]> wrote:

> "I came across a patch from a user who was keen to move himself from
> "Patch contributors" to "Developers" in the MediaWiki  CREDITS file
> [1]. It had been sitting there for over a year. He doesn't seem to
> have been active since. I don't know what to do with it. It made me
> think.
>
> Do we have it documented anywhere how we use this credits file and why
> we feel the need to distinguish between Developers and Patch
> Contributors? It seems like a recipe for disaster in my opinion as it
> can only lead to hurt feelings due to contributors feeling unfairly
> treated. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:Version/Credits leads
> with 'We would like to recognize the following persons for their
> contribution to MediaWiki." - if someone is not in that list are they
> not as important?
>
> If we keep these files we should probably explain the rules to what
> adding names looks like within these files and what the process to
> adding your name is (can I add myself? Is there a process like getting
> +2?)
>
> To take another extreme, we might consider abandoning such a file in
> favour of something automatically generated. Things like
> https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/graphs/contributors do a far
> better job at allowing people to see who contributed to a tool and
> making people feel like their work is rewarded.
>
> On a slightly related note, can we abandon the practice of putting
> names inside files themselves? I see this practice in JavaScript and
> PHP files throughout core (grep for @author). As Team Geek [2] (great
> read btw) says "unlike other collaborative pieces of creative work...
> software keeps changing even after it's "done". So while listing
> contributors credits at the end of a movie is a safe and static thing,
> attempting to add and remove names from a source file is a
> never-ending exercise in insanity". For similar reasons this practice
> gives an impression of ownership of a file/code review
> responsibilities (which are not always true) and risks hurt feelings.
>
> [1] https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/blob/master/CREDITS
> [2] http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9781449302443
>
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Re: Crediting the work of our community members

Andre Klapper-2
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Is there a Phabricator task so this topic does not get forgotten?

andre

On Mon, 2016-05-30 at 09:40 -0700, Jon Robson wrote:

> "I came across a patch from a user who was keen to move himself from
> "Patch contributors" to "Developers" in the MediaWiki  CREDITS file
> [1]. It had been sitting there for over a year. He doesn't seem to
> have been active since. I don't know what to do with it. It made me
> think.
>
> Do we have it documented anywhere how we use this credits file and why
> we feel the need to distinguish between Developers and Patch
> Contributors? It seems like a recipe for disaster in my opinion as it
> can only lead to hurt feelings due to contributors feeling unfairly
> treated. https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Special:Version/Credits leads
> with 'We would like to recognize the following persons for their
> contribution to MediaWiki." - if someone is not in that list are they
> not as important?
>
> If we keep these files we should probably explain the rules to what
> adding names looks like within these files and what the process to
> adding your name is (can I add myself? Is there a process like
> getting +2?)
>
> To take another extreme, we might consider abandoning such a file in
> favour of something automatically generated. Things like
> https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/graphs/contributors do a far
> better job at allowing people to see who contributed to a tool and
> making people feel like their work is rewarded.
>
> On a slightly related note, can we abandon the practice of putting
> names inside files themselves? I see this practice in JavaScript and
> PHP files throughout core (grep for @author). As Team Geek [2] (great
> read btw) says "unlike other collaborative pieces of creative work...
> software keeps changing even after it's "done". So while listing
> contributors credits at the end of a movie is a safe and static thing,
> attempting to add and remove names from a source file is a
> never-ending exercise in insanity". For similar reasons this practice
> gives an impression of ownership of a file/code review
> responsibilities (which are not always true) and risks hurt feelings.
>
> [1] https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/blob/master/CREDITS
> [2] http://www.amazon.com/gp/search?index=books&linkCode=qs&keywords=9781449302443
>
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Re: Crediting the work of our community members

Rob Lanphier-4
On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:19 AM, Andre Klapper <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Is there a Phabricator task [associated with MediaWiki CREDITS file membership] so this topic does not get forgotten?

Not that I'm aware of.  It's easy to get lost looking through the
various attempts to objectively characterize contributions (he says,
just emerging from the fog of doing so himself).  Here's a few places
a person could go:
* <https://korma.wmflabs.org/browser/scm.html>
* <https://www.openhub.net/p/mediawiki/contributors>
* <https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/graphs/contributors>
* <http://koti.kapsi.fi/~federico/crstats/core.txt>

...and that's hardly comprehensive.  The "productivity of mediawiki
developers" thread from April[1] probably has some other sources I've
missed.  If I were to spend more time on this, I would start looking
for the Phab tickets associated with the stats on Korma.

I concur with Jon that we should endeavor to move to a more objective
(and ideally, more automated) mechanism for acknowledgement, so that
we don't have to rely on contributors confidently declaring that they
deserve acknowledgement.

Rob
[1] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/86127

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Re: Crediting the work of our community members

Scott MacLeod
Rob and Wikimedians,

To further credit the work of Wikimedia community members, could we explore
using the Douglas Adams' SQID example (which Markus shared with the
Wikidata list recently ... [Wikidata] SQID evolved again: references
http://tools.wmflabs.org/sqid/#/view?id=Q42 ) ... and build upon this
incorporating the Wikipedia user pages (and your above examples) a
Wikipedia crediting process anticipating/planning for all 11 billion people
(an estimate from Swedish statistician Hans Rosling and many others) in all
8,000 languages. (CC World University and school is planning in parallel to
be in all 8,000 languages and plan for all people on earth by 2100, as well
as seek to build in Bitcoin and Blockchain in conjunction with developing
best STEM CC OpenCourseWare centric law schools in all countries' main
languages, even as WUaS develops CC university degrees accrediting  on CC
MIT OCW in 7 languages and CC Yale OYC).

This would potentially lead to further planning for integrating
Wikidata/Wikibase via SQID with Wikitech/Wikimedia/Wikipedia community
members' contributions and in many languages.

Cheers, Scott



On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:14 AM, Rob Lanphier <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:19 AM, Andre Klapper <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> > Is there a Phabricator task [associated with MediaWiki CREDITS file
> membership] so this topic does not get forgotten?
>
> Not that I'm aware of.  It's easy to get lost looking through the
> various attempts to objectively characterize contributions (he says,
> just emerging from the fog of doing so himself).  Here's a few places
> a person could go:
> * <https://korma.wmflabs.org/browser/scm.html>
> * <https://www.openhub.net/p/mediawiki/contributors>
> * <https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/graphs/contributors>
> * <http://koti.kapsi.fi/~federico/crstats/core.txt>
>
> ...and that's hardly comprehensive.  The "productivity of mediawiki
> developers" thread from April[1] probably has some other sources I've
> missed.  If I were to spend more time on this, I would start looking
> for the Phab tickets associated with the stats on Korma.
>
> I concur with Jon that we should endeavor to move to a more objective
> (and ideally, more automated) mechanism for acknowledgement, so that
> we don't have to rely on contributors confidently declaring that they
> deserve acknowledgement.
>
> Rob
> [1]
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/86127
>
> _______________________________________________
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> [hidden email]
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>



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Re: Crediting the work of our community members

Jon Robson
Sorry I dropped the ball on this.
I've created the following 2 actionable tasks:
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T139300
https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T139301

I hope we can reach a decision somewhat promptly with this.
Jon


On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 8:14 PM, Scott MacLeod <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Rob and Wikimedians,
>
> To further credit the work of Wikimedia community members, could we explore
> using the Douglas Adams' SQID example (which Markus shared with the
> Wikidata list recently ... [Wikidata] SQID evolved again: references
> http://tools.wmflabs.org/sqid/#/view?id=Q42 ) ... and build upon this
> incorporating the Wikipedia user pages (and your above examples) a
> Wikipedia crediting process anticipating/planning for all 11 billion people
> (an estimate from Swedish statistician Hans Rosling and many others) in all
> 8,000 languages. (CC World University and school is planning in parallel to
> be in all 8,000 languages and plan for all people on earth by 2100, as well
> as seek to build in Bitcoin and Blockchain in conjunction with developing
> best STEM CC OpenCourseWare centric law schools in all countries' main
> languages, even as WUaS develops CC university degrees accrediting  on CC
> MIT OCW in 7 languages and CC Yale OYC).
>
> This would potentially lead to further planning for integrating
> Wikidata/Wikibase via SQID with Wikitech/Wikimedia/Wikipedia community
> members' contributions and in many languages.
>
> Cheers, Scott
>
>
>
> On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:14 AM, Rob Lanphier <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>> On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:19 AM, Andre Klapper <[hidden email]>
>> wrote:
>> > Is there a Phabricator task [associated with MediaWiki CREDITS file
>> membership] so this topic does not get forgotten?
>>
>> Not that I'm aware of.  It's easy to get lost looking through the
>> various attempts to objectively characterize contributions (he says,
>> just emerging from the fog of doing so himself).  Here's a few places
>> a person could go:
>> * <https://korma.wmflabs.org/browser/scm.html>
>> * <https://www.openhub.net/p/mediawiki/contributors>
>> * <https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/graphs/contributors>
>> * <http://koti.kapsi.fi/~federico/crstats/core.txt>
>>
>> ...and that's hardly comprehensive.  The "productivity of mediawiki
>> developers" thread from April[1] probably has some other sources I've
>> missed.  If I were to spend more time on this, I would start looking
>> for the Phab tickets associated with the stats on Korma.
>>
>> I concur with Jon that we should endeavor to move to a more objective
>> (and ideally, more automated) mechanism for acknowledgement, so that
>> we don't have to rely on contributors confidently declaring that they
>> deserve acknowledgement.
>>
>> Rob
>> [1]
>> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/86127
>>
>> _______________________________________________
>> Wikitech-l mailing list
>> [hidden email]
>> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikitech-l
>>
>
>
>
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> - World University and School - like Wikipedia with best STEM-centric
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Re: Crediting the work of our community members

Brion Vibber-4
On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 9:06 AM, Jon Robson <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Sorry I dropped the ball on this.
> I've created the following 2 actionable tasks:
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T139300
> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T139301
>
> I hope we can reach a decision somewhat promptly with this.
>

Jon, I like both of these.

First one: deciding what to do with CREDITS as a format process.
On some of my smaller projects I've started adding more patch contributors
into a main CREDITS file, which I think is a lot better than trying to
distinguish who's More Creditable. I lean towards putting in everyone who
submits a patch, in alpha order.

(I will say when I was asked to add my name to the AUTHORS file on the
'emscripten' cross-compiler for what I felt was a small patch, it made me
feel very appreciated -- and made me want to contribute more!)

I think we should either adopt that, or at least adopt _some_ consistent
process, and update the file to match based on what we can see.


Second one: removing the @author attributions on individual files. While it
can be nice to go back and say "hey it says I wrote this code!" it's also
very misleading to people who see attributions from 10 years ago and then
ask those people for help, and we have to say "sorry it's been completely
refactored since, but I'll try!" :) Major refactors may, or may not, update
the @authors bits.

I suspect either we should remove them, or have a rule that we're much more
amenable about including patchers and refactorers in them.


These should probably both go through our ArchCom RfC process, which we're
trying to get more involvement in both from WMFers and others.

-- brion



>
>
> On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 8:14 PM, Scott MacLeod <[hidden email]> wrote:
> > Rob and Wikimedians,
> >
> > To further credit the work of Wikimedia community members, could we
> explore
> > using the Douglas Adams' SQID example (which Markus shared with the
> > Wikidata list recently ... [Wikidata] SQID evolved again: references
> > http://tools.wmflabs.org/sqid/#/view?id=Q42 ) ... and build upon this
> > incorporating the Wikipedia user pages (and your above examples) a
> > Wikipedia crediting process anticipating/planning for all 11 billion
> people
> > (an estimate from Swedish statistician Hans Rosling and many others) in
> all
> > 8,000 languages. (CC World University and school is planning in parallel
> to
> > be in all 8,000 languages and plan for all people on earth by 2100, as
> well
> > as seek to build in Bitcoin and Blockchain in conjunction with developing
> > best STEM CC OpenCourseWare centric law schools in all countries' main
> > languages, even as WUaS develops CC university degrees accrediting  on CC
> > MIT OCW in 7 languages and CC Yale OYC).
> >
> > This would potentially lead to further planning for integrating
> > Wikidata/Wikibase via SQID with Wikitech/Wikimedia/Wikipedia community
> > members' contributions and in many languages.
> >
> > Cheers, Scott
> >
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 11:14 AM, Rob Lanphier <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
> >
> >> On Tue, Jun 7, 2016 at 9:19 AM, Andre Klapper <[hidden email]>
> >> wrote:
> >> > Is there a Phabricator task [associated with MediaWiki CREDITS file
> >> membership] so this topic does not get forgotten?
> >>
> >> Not that I'm aware of.  It's easy to get lost looking through the
> >> various attempts to objectively characterize contributions (he says,
> >> just emerging from the fog of doing so himself).  Here's a few places
> >> a person could go:
> >> * <https://korma.wmflabs.org/browser/scm.html>
> >> * <https://www.openhub.net/p/mediawiki/contributors>
> >> * <https://github.com/wikimedia/mediawiki/graphs/contributors>
> >> * <http://koti.kapsi.fi/~federico/crstats/core.txt>
> >>
> >> ...and that's hardly comprehensive.  The "productivity of mediawiki
> >> developers" thread from April[1] probably has some other sources I've
> >> missed.  If I were to spend more time on this, I would start looking
> >> for the Phab tickets associated with the stats on Korma.
> >>
> >> I concur with Jon that we should endeavor to move to a more objective
> >> (and ideally, more automated) mechanism for acknowledgement, so that
> >> we don't have to rely on contributors confidently declaring that they
> >> deserve acknowledgement.
> >>
> >> Rob
> >> [1]
> >>
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia.technical/86127
> >>
> >> _______________________________________________
> >> Wikitech-l mailing list
> >> [hidden email]
> >> https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikitech-l
> >>
> >
> >
> >
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Re: Crediting the work of our community members

Rob Lanphier-4
On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:33 AM, Brion Vibber <[hidden email]> wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 9:06 AM, Jon Robson <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> I've created the following 2 actionable tasks:
>> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T139300
>> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T139301
>>
>> I hope we can reach a decision somewhat promptly with this.
>
> Jon, I like both of these.
[...]
> These should probably both go through our ArchCom RfC process, which we're
> trying to get more involvement in both from WMFers and others.

That sounds like a good idea.  Jon, are you amenable to that?  If so,
one of us should add the #ArchCom-RFC project tag to one or both of
these.

Rob

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Re: Crediting the work of our community members

Jon Robson-2
Yes!
And thank you Brion for such a thoughtful well-thought out reply!

On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 11:17 AM, Rob Lanphier <[hidden email]> wrote:

> On Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 10:33 AM, Brion Vibber <[hidden email]> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 4, 2016 at 9:06 AM, Jon Robson <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>> I've created the following 2 actionable tasks:
>>> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T139300
>>> https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T139301
>>>
>>> I hope we can reach a decision somewhat promptly with this.
>>
>> Jon, I like both of these.
> [...]
>> These should probably both go through our ArchCom RfC process, which we're
>> trying to get more involvement in both from WMFers and others.
>
> That sounds like a good idea.  Jon, are you amenable to that?  If so,
> one of us should add the #ArchCom-RFC project tag to one or both of
> these.
>
> Rob
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Re: Crediting the work of our community members

Jeroen De Dauw-2
Hey,

No @author tags? But then we won't have treasures like this
https://twitter.com/JeroenDeDauw/status/750841758733463552 :(

Do you not somehow need them for the license info? Apart from that I can't
think of a good reason to add them. Finding out who wrote some code is what
git blame is for, and attribution can be done on a higher level.

Cheers

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