Fwd: [Wikimedia-l] Please spread the word: Tools only on Tool Labs from July 1
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Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Please spread the word: Tools only on Tool Labs
from July 1
Date: Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:50:34 +0200
From: Silke Meyer <[hidden email]>
Reply-To: Wikimedia Mailing List <[hidden email]>
Organization: Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.
To: Wikimedia Mailing List <[hidden email]>
please spread the word: Tools only on Tool Labs from July 1
About one year ago, we, Wikimedia Deutschland e. V., announced June 30th
as the deadline of the Toolserver migration (Roadmap at ). This
deadline is approaching. The Toolserver will stop working on June 30th.
What will happen afterwards?
The Toolserver is a community based infrastructure that hosts software
supporting Wikipedia and its sister projects. Over the years many active
volunteers have developed helpful and great software tools that are
running on several Wikimedia projects.
The Toolserver is operated by Wikimedia Deutschland with assistance from
the Wikimedia Foundation and several chapters. For many reasons, the
Toolserver will be discontinued and replaced by Tool Labs , a
platform operated by the Wikimedia Foundation. Please see the reasons at
. For more than one year Wikimedia Deutschland has been coordinating
the migration of software tools from Toolserver to Tool Labs.
What editors should know
The toolserver is a community-driven project. The tools shall be
migrated by the developers resp. maintainers themselves. Many of them
have already migrated their tools or have indicated that they will do so
before the end of this month. We have a special agreement with the
OpenStreetMap projects and with the developer of Merlbot  to ensure
these tools don’t stop working. All other tools will stop working by
What editors can do
* On Tool Labs , you can look up if the tools that you use and need
have already moved there.
* Talk to the developers of your favourite tools: It is important to let
them know how much you appreciate their tools and that you need them to
do your work.
* Contact us if you don’t know who these developers are or if you have
any questions or if you want us to forward wishes or requests to tool
developers. Contact information is given at the end of this text.
Information for tool developers
If you are still facing the migration of your tools, please keep in mind
that lots of people use your tools. They are a great support for their
daily work and will be missed when they fail. Please take the time to
migrate them or poke us: WMDE can still support you during migration -
what we can’t do is maintain abandoned tools in the long run.
From July 1st on, the toolserver admins will still hand you over your
backups upon request and create redirects to Tool Labs for you. *You
won’t be able to log in to the toolserver anymore though.*
If anyone wants to have and reuse other people’s code, we recommend to
seek approval from them directly, even if from a legal point of view
there is no problem. Don’t hesitate to talk to us if you need a contact
We invite you to join our IRC office hour in #wikimedia-office on
Wednesday, June 11th, at 5 p.m. UTC.
The migration is coordinated by Silke Meyer (WMDE). Birgit Müller
supports her in communications. The two toolserver admins Marlen
Caemmerer und Alexander Mette are glad to help you with advice.
Marc-André Pelletier can answer all questions concerning Tool Labs.
Contact us at
Silke: [hidden email], Talk page at , IRC: Silke_WMDE
Birgit: [hidden email], Talk page at , IRC: Birgit_WMDE
We hope that the transition will happen as smoothly as possible!
Wikimedia Deutschland - Gesellschaft zur Förderung Freien Wissens e.V.
Eingetragen im Vereinsregister des Amtsgerichts Berlin-Charlottenburg
unter der Nummer 23855 B. Als gemeinnützig anerkannt durch das Finanzamt
für Körperschaften I Berlin, Steuernummer 27/681/51985.