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Publish a blog post covering the Cloud Services rebranding process
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Publish a blog post that describes what we have renamed, why we did it, and how interested people can get involved in using our products.

This can draw from the internal renaming discussion points, the various internal pitch decks, labs-l posts, wikitech discussions, etc.

The main goal is to make it obvious that the Wikimedia Foundation runs a public cloud that provides resources to volunteers who are working on technical projects related to the broader Wikimedia mission. This is a big deal, but not everyone knows that this has been the mission for "Labs" for the past 6 years.

Actual publication should wait for the main rebranding efforts to be completed (irc, phabricator, wikitech), but drafting could start at any time.

Event Timeline

This is a great idea and can largely be based on the wikitech-l note (https://lists.wikimedia.org/pipermail/wikitech-l/2017-July/088466.html) with some more detail and storytelling.

I'm going to work up an outline based on that note and your slidedecks @bd808 -- when do you expect the rebranding to be complete? This will help us gauge a timeline.

I'm going to work up an outline based on that note and your slidedecks @bd808 -- when do you expect the rebranding to be complete? This will help us gauge a timeline.

Sometime after Wikimania. I'll be working on it between now and then but there are a few higher priority interrupts. If we aimed for mid-September for the blog that would seem reasonable to me.

@MelodyKramer Its probably time to start thinking about getting this blog post together so we can get it published in Q1. Rebranding is certainly not "done" but we have made quite a bit of visible change. The most visible thing remaining to be done is renaming/migrating mailing lists.

This is actually on my to-do list for this week and I have this YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edKrdyQl-Sg) in a tab ready for me!

I'll circle back in a day or so with a draft.

@bd808 Here is a draft:

https://docs.google.com/a/wikimedia.org/document/d/1DL_j4ScxbLkzYzPmfUYIVaCMQKddqjfkXpfJ3u4zOZ8/edit?usp=sharing

to start with. Questions for you:

  • Do we want to go into more detail about what Quarry and PAWs are?
  • Please add ways in which people can learn more
  • Should we add a question like "So what does all of that mean?" after the first section, in which you outline what Toolforce actually is, examples of what's on there, etc.
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