* Track: People and Processes
* Topic: The gradation of participation - what is a third party?
There persists confusion on what is a third-party and what does it mean to support them. Let's discuss how we define both "third-party" and "support" to help us better understand expectations from all perspectives and stakeholders. We might not come up with a solid agreed definition, but perhaps we can share a more nuanced understanding of who is participating and how to make more informed decisions across the technical community (Particular emphasis on Product and Tech functions of the foundation).
=Questions to answer and discuss=
**Question:** How do we define third-party?
**Significance:** There is a broad spectrum of participation in the Wikimedia/MediaWiki community. At what point do we define someone as a third party? Is someone who writes a user script a developer? What about someone who writes a MediaWiki extension? What if they are using VisualEditor on a non-Wikimedia wiki? What if they contribute user testing and bug reports? Who are the audiences we wish to engage with?
**Question:** How do we define support?
**Significance:** Once we have identified what audience (or audiences) exist as third party, can we define an expectation of support – for questions related to use, code review, documentation, decision making related to interoperability, etc.
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=Notes and Facilitation guidance=
* Chris Koerner
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