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Tool Labs and my new job at WMF

Bryan Davis
I recently transferred from the Reading Infrastructure team to the
Community Tech team [0]. The move happened because I want to spend
more of my time working with the developers who build tools and bots
to help the Wikimedia communities. I've been thinking about needs of
the Tool Labs developers for a while, and in November I finally wrote
up a proposal about a job focused on this work [1]. I was ready for a
lengthy discussion with management to defend my ideas about this need,
but to my surprise the feedback I got instead was mostly "it's about
time" and "when can you start?". My draft position proposal is now
"official" and posted on meta [2]. This project will be my major focus
on the Community Tech team, but I will also be helping out with code
review, deployments, and other things that the rest of the team is
working on.

People watching wikitech, labs-l, and Phabricator may have noticed
that I have been poking at various things since January like a
redesign of the wikitech main page [3], a new namespace for tool
documentation [4], and generally being more active in discussing
problems and possible solutions. Now that I am working on these issues
full time I want to start talking about bigger issues. I have drafted
a "vision" document on meta [5] describing some of the larger issues
with Tool Labs (and Labs and wikitech) that are making things harder
than they could be. This vision comes with a straw dog project roadmap
that I think we could work towards. This is not a set in stone
timeline, but rather a very high level description of a series of
projects that I believe would move Tool Labs towards being an easier
environment for collaborative FLOSS projects to thrive in. I will
continue to refine these project ideas and create Phabricator tasks to
track them, but before I dive too deeply into that I would like to
solicit input on both the problems and the general solution roadmap.
The project page is on meta rather than wikitech to make it easier for
existing Wikimedians who aren't wikitech users to participate. The
talk page is open for comments [6] and I look forward to hearing about
problems and solutions that I have not yet imagined. I hope that as
the various sub-projects solidify some of you will join me in getting
the work done.


[0]: https://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Staff_and_contractors&diff=105580&oldid=105576
[1]: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:BDavis_%28WMF%29/Projects/Tool_Labs_support
[2]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Tool_Labs_support
[3]: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
[4]: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Tool_Labs_tools
[5]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Tool_Labs_support/Tool_Labs_vision
[6]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_Tech/Tool_Labs_support/Tool_Labs_vision

Bryan
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Re: [Labs-l] Tool Labs and my new job at WMF

Arthur Richards-2
I for one am psyched to see this news :)

On Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 10:17 AM, Bryan Davis <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I recently transferred from the Reading Infrastructure team to the
> Community Tech team [0]. The move happened because I want to spend
> more of my time working with the developers who build tools and bots
> to help the Wikimedia communities. I've been thinking about needs of
> the Tool Labs developers for a while, and in November I finally wrote
> up a proposal about a job focused on this work [1]. I was ready for a
> lengthy discussion with management to defend my ideas about this need,
> but to my surprise the feedback I got instead was mostly "it's about
> time" and "when can you start?". My draft position proposal is now
> "official" and posted on meta [2]. This project will be my major focus
> on the Community Tech team, but I will also be helping out with code
> review, deployments, and other things that the rest of the team is
> working on.
>
> People watching wikitech, labs-l, and Phabricator may have noticed
> that I have been poking at various things since January like a
> redesign of the wikitech main page [3], a new namespace for tool
> documentation [4], and generally being more active in discussing
> problems and possible solutions. Now that I am working on these issues
> full time I want to start talking about bigger issues. I have drafted
> a "vision" document on meta [5] describing some of the larger issues
> with Tool Labs (and Labs and wikitech) that are making things harder
> than they could be. This vision comes with a straw dog project roadmap
> that I think we could work towards. This is not a set in stone
> timeline, but rather a very high level description of a series of
> projects that I believe would move Tool Labs towards being an easier
> environment for collaborative FLOSS projects to thrive in. I will
> continue to refine these project ideas and create Phabricator tasks to
> track them, but before I dive too deeply into that I would like to
> solicit input on both the problems and the general solution roadmap.
> The project page is on meta rather than wikitech to make it easier for
> existing Wikimedians who aren't wikitech users to participate. The
> talk page is open for comments [6] and I look forward to hearing about
> problems and solutions that I have not yet imagined. I hope that as
> the various sub-projects solidify some of you will join me in getting
> the work done.
>
>
> [0]:
> https://wikimediafoundation.org/w/index.php?title=Template:Staff_and_contractors&diff=105580&oldid=105576
> [1]:
> https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:BDavis_%28WMF%29/Projects/Tool_Labs_support
> [2]: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Tool_Labs_support
> [3]: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
> [4]: https://wikitech.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Tool_Labs_tools
> [5]:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Community_Tech/Tool_Labs_support/Tool_Labs_vision
> [6]:
> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Talk:Community_Tech/Tool_Labs_support/Tool_Labs_vision
>
> Bryan
> --
> Bryan Davis              Wikimedia Foundation    <[hidden email]>
> [[m:User:BDavis_(WMF)]]  Sr Software Engineer            Boise, ID USA
> irc: bd808                                        v:415.839.6885 x6855
>
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Re: [Labs-l] Tool Labs and my new job at WMF

Mukunda Modell
On Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 12:41 PM, Arthur Richards <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> I for one am psyched to see this news :)
>
>
Arthur: I am confident that you aren't alone here!

Congratulations Bryan, and thank you for taking this initiative. I predict
that this will be both fun and rewarding for you while also having a very
positive impact on developer productivity and morale. I'm going to start
immediately reading all of the references and looking for ways to help out.

<3
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Re: [Labs-l] Tool Labs and my new job at WMF

Magnus Manske-2
Yay, and welcome to the Mountains of Madness :-)

On Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 7:14 PM Mukunda Modell <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> On Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 12:41 PM, Arthur Richards <[hidden email]
> >
> wrote:
>
> > I for one am psyched to see this news :)
> >
> >
> Arthur: I am confident that you aren't alone here!
>
> Congratulations Bryan, and thank you for taking this initiative. I predict
> that this will be both fun and rewarding for you while also having a very
> positive impact on developer productivity and morale. I'm going to start
> immediately reading all of the references and looking for ways to help out.
>
> <3
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Re: [Labs-l] Tool Labs and my new job at WMF

Risker
I stumbled across the news that Bryan was moving to this new role a couple
of weeks ago, and was thrilled.  When he told me about his planned focus, I
was even more excited.  We often don't realize how dependent some of our
projects have become on tools designed and maintained by volunteers - until
they stop working.  These tools are one of the hidden underpinnings that
help make the Wikimedia family of projects successful - and it's great to
see someone who is so passionate about this taking on the role.

Risker/Anne




On 15 April 2016 at 20:04, Magnus Manske <[hidden email]>
wrote:

> Yay, and welcome to the Mountains of Madness :-)
>
> On Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 7:14 PM Mukunda Modell <[hidden email]>
> wrote:
>
> > On Fri, Apr 15, 2016 at 12:41 PM, Arthur Richards <
> [hidden email]
> > >
> > wrote:
> >
> > > I for one am psyched to see this news :)
> > >
> > >
> > Arthur: I am confident that you aren't alone here!
> >
> > Congratulations Bryan, and thank you for taking this initiative. I
> predict
> > that this will be both fun and rewarding for you while also having a very
> > positive impact on developer productivity and morale. I'm going to start
> > immediately reading all of the references and looking for ways to help
> out.
> >
> > <3
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Re: Tool Labs and my new job at WMF

MZMcBride-2
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Thank you for this e-mail and for your work so far, such as redesigning
the Wikitech main page. I think this new role will be a good fit for you.

I left some initial thoughts on the Meta-Wiki talk page:
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Special:Permalink/15530025>.

MZMcBride



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