How to unleash the power of 3rd party extension developers
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=== 1. The problem ===
[[ #mediawiki-stakeholders-group | We ]] estimate that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of MediaWiki installations hidden behind firewalls which have custom extensions. However, the developers of these extensions do not have the resources or courage to publish their extensions and the developers of these extensions often follow their own coding processes.
This leads us to conclude that there is a lot of untapped potential for MediaWiki, both in terms of functionality and extensions.
[[ #mediawiki-stakeholders-group | We've ]] discussed this before (see our [[ http://mwstake.org/mwstake/wiki/MediaWiki_Usage_Report_for_Wikimania_2015 | MediaWiki Usage Report for Wikimania 2015 ]]). There is [[ https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/How_to_become_a_MediaWiki_hacker#Submit_your_changes | documentation here about how to submit code ]], but it does not cover the case where extensions already exist for a particular cause and need to be freed or generalized.
=== 2. Expected outcome ===
- An initiative "Submit your MW code", which welcomes and mentors corporate MW developers
- A named group of volunteers willing to do so (possibly lead by #MWStake)
- An agreement on a structure within MW.o where corporate MW devs can go to and find help
=== 3. Current status of the discussion ===
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