Hi Cindy. All about the MediaWiki Platform Group would be very interesting. Actually I know only, that it exists and read about some important tasks. But how does it work together with TechCom and other groups? What are current projects etc.? What are your experiences after 100 days of MediaWiki product management? :-)
Note especially that one of the three strategic goals is:
The infrastructure for open: We will empower individuals and institutions to participate and share, through open standards, platforms, and datasets. (...) We will be a leading advocate and partner for increasing the creation, curation, and dissemination in free and open knowledge.
which seems highly relevant for 3rd-party MediaWiki support.
As @Tgr said above, the Wikimedia movement strategic direction is very relevant to 3rd party MediaWiki developers and users. Right now, the strategic direction is being drafted. From Nicole Ebber, "Informed by all the valuable feedback from Wikimania, the Meta talk page and the source pages, the drafting group is currently working on a new iteration of the draft strategic direction and is aiming for publication in early-mid September. Everyone will then have 2 weeks time to comment on this new version. If all goes according to plan, the final direction will be published by the end of September. Please continue reviewing the draft and tell us what you like or dislike about it!  The endorsement will happen in October, and I would like to encourage you all to already think about how your organization or group can come to an agreement on endorsing it."
All, please consider submitting a position statement for the Developer Summit, which will be in San Francisco January 22 and 23. The deadline to submit a position statement, which is required to be considered to attend the summit, is September 29. Position statements are 100-500 words. We are actively seeking a diverse set of voices, and I encourage your participation!
No, I was thinking of something MediaWiki-specific to point out to people who send MediaWiki job ads to me. Do we not have any forum for MediaWiki consultants at all? (There is a LinkedIn group but I'm not convinced the people you'd find there are better than what you can get with a random Google search.)
In other news, I wrote a devsummit position statement about MediaWiki for the enterprise, but then went with a different proposal (in part because I suspected someone else will make that point, and my other proposal is sort of complimentary). I hope it will be possible to have a devsummit discussion on the topic anyway, and I'd appreciate feedback on the position statement (or, especially, additional data points): https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/User:Tgr_(WMF)/Make_MediaWiki_commercially_viable
@Tgr I've just read your devsummit piece. It seems I'm trying to do a similar thing but from the other direction ie from the ground up with what is already available off the shelf rather than pre-packaged and added stuff. The pages here: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Intranet will eventually become my company intranet wiki's formal installation and maintenance reference. My main aim is for maximum function with minimal configuration. I try to stick to defaults wherever possible.
Hey all, I am collecting items for our annual report. Are there any Extensions, projects, commits, relevant discussions, workshops, talks, or anything else you can think of that we can put under the MWStake flag? The more code contributions, the better :). Maybe you can put them here either directly in the report or on the discussion page. I can do the details later. Ah, and as always: the earlier, the better :) Here's the link: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_Stakeholders%27_Group/Annual_Report_2017
@Mglaser - I'm a little new around here but would love to contribute. As a current "outsider", MW Stake (as are all MW Groups) is a little bit opaque. Try reading this: https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_Stakeholders%27_Group with newbie eyes. Note there is no "how to join us" or similar.
@Gerdesj, yes, true. This is due to the fact that we do not (yet) have any kind of formal membership. If you participate in our meetings and discussions, you're in. But I agree with you that we should have a section "How to participate". Will put that on the agenda for today's meeting. Speaking of which: of course you are invited to join. See here for details: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/E773
Hello! Sorry for not having pinged and participated for such a long time! I think some of you are coming to Barcelona by May. If some of you have some ideas about things to do or discuss, do not hesitate to propose: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/view/3260/ Let me know anything I can do to help as well
Also about an extension, bad for me, but I got aware of the problem with Lockdown extension just a few days ago https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T148582 This must be affecting many 3rd party private wikis. If this did not get solved before the event, I don't know if you think it could be interesting to propose to tackle...
We've set up some new communication channels for this group on riot.im. They are listed at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_Stakeholders%27_Group#Communication. Please come join the conversation there! I believe that our plan is to stop using this chat, but we can discuss this at next Friday's meeting. Reminder: we have a meeting next Friday.
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Subject: Reminder: Share you feedback in this Wikimedia survey
This is a friendly reminder about the Wikimedia Communities and Contributors Survey.
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The Platform Evolution Program team is gathering input from a variety of groups with an interest in MediaWiki. This input will be provided to the Program Committee for the Wikimedia Technical Conference to assist them in designing the program for the conference. The MediaWiki Stakeholders' Group is helping the Platform Evolution Program team by coordinating responses from people and organizations who are using MediaWiki for non-Wikimedia projects.
Please add your input at https://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/MediaWiki_Stakeholders%27_Group/TechConf_Input by August 19, Thank you!