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These are the mailing lists hosted by Wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization in the state of California which operates Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Wikibooks, Wikiquote, Wikisource, Wikimedia Commons, Wikispecies, Wikinews, and Wikiversity, as well as many Wikimedia Chapter wikis, and a few other MediaWiki-based wikis.

A mailing list is like a shared email address: messages sent to that address are distributed to all members ("subscribers") of the list.

Except for lists marked "private", archives are available for online reading by anyone; posting to a list generally requires subscribing to it. The Mailman list overview page can be found at lists.wikimedia.org. Some lists can be searched and read on Gmane as web-based threads or blogs, or with an RSS reader or NNTP newsreader; see the links below or, on Gmane, gmane.science.linguistics.wikipedia and gmane.org.wikimedia.

See the main Mailing lists page for more information on Wikimedia lists.

Wikimedia[edit]

Wikimedia Foundation[edit]

Lists relating to the Wikimedia Foundation.

Interest group lists[edit]

Lists for various topics.

Internal, governance and committee lists[edit]

These lists have to do with specific committees or internal operations, and often require approval to join.

Wikimania[edit]

Wikimedia chapters[edit]

Lists for Wikimedia chapters.

Regional mailing lists[edit]

Lists for established meetup groups in particular locations.

Project mailing lists[edit]

Sorted by project name.

Local Wikipedia mailing lists[edit]

Local Wiktionary mailing lists[edit]

Local Wikibooks mailing lists[edit]

Local and otherwise Wikinews mailing lists[edit]

Local Wikiversity mailing lists[edit]

MediaWiki and technical[edit]

Lists related to software and technical matters.

MediaWiki[edit]

General MediaWiki discussion, strictly suitable (also) for a general, non-Wikimedia-only audience.

List Description
mediawiki-l For administrators and users of the MediaWiki software in non-Wikimedia-related projects, including some feature and development discussion. If you are having difficulty with your own installation of MediaWiki, then this is the place to ask for help.
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mediawiki-announce A low traffic list for announcements about new MediaWiki releases and security updates. All messages to this list also go to mediawiki-l, so you don't need to be on both.
Note: this list is in "emergency moderation". Only messages from accepted addresses don't get immediately discarded, and any message has to be manually approved by a list admin or moderator (Tim Starling, Reedy or Csteipp).
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mediawiki-i18n Discussion and notifications regarding MediaWiki internationalisation and language setup. Not to be confused with the private localisation-team.
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mediawiki-api Discussion related to the MediaWiki API and its on-going development.
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mediawiki-api-announce A low-traffic list for announcements about the API, such as breaking changes and new MediaWiki releases. All messages to this list also go to mediawiki-api, so you don't need to be on both.
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wikitext-l This list is for long-term discussion of MediaWiki's syntax ("wikitext"), its current parser, improvements, and work on Parsoid, the new parser. Specific, fixable problems with the current parser and with Parsoid should go to wikitech-l instead. We used to discuss the new VisualEditor here, but discussion of VE has now moved to wikitech-l.
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wikidata-tech Discussion regarding the development of Wikidata
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wikifarm Discussion for managers of Wiki Farms
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Code and bugs[edit]

Of interest mainly for developers following the code closely.

List Description
wikibugs-l Automated notifications of bug reports. Note that follow-ups should go into Bugzilla, or sent directly to the reporter and/or to wikitech-l. They should not be sent to wikibugs-l.
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mediawiki-commits Automated notifications of Git/Gerrit commits. Developers and other interested users may wish to subscribe to keep abreast of the latest whizz-bang changes that somebody forgot to mention on wikitech-l.
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wikidata-bugs Automated notifications of bug reports. Note that follow-ups should go into Bugzilla, or sent directly to the reporter and/or to wikidata-l. They should not be sent to wikidata-bugs.
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wikimedia-commits This list was merged to mediawiki-commits.
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mediawiki-codereview All CodeReview comments were sent to this list (only for the SVN repository; no replacement available with Git). Follow-ups went into CodeReview or were sent to to wikitech-l.
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qa-alerts Automatic notifications of Quality Assurance alerts (browser tests) sent by Jenkins
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Local[edit]

MediaWiki discussions local to a specific area or userbase.

List Description
mediawiki-distributors A very low volume list directly related to the issues of those who package and distribute MediaWiki.
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mediawiki-enterprise For discussion related to the enterprise use of MediaWiki.
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iberotec A list about MediaWiki, pywikibot and other technical things, in iberocoop languages (Portugues, Spanish, Italian).
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mediawiki-india A list for developers and users of MediaWiki from India.
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mediawiki-fr Liste de discussion francophone sur MediaWiki / MediaWiki french-speaking mailinglist
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mediawiki-sv Swedish language discussions about the MediaWiki software (closed).
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Related software, tools and infrastructure[edit]

Tools to help use and development of all MediaWiki and MediaWiki sites, or of Wikimedia projects by anyone including researchers etc.

Pywikibot[edit]

List Description
pywikipedia-announce for important Python MediaWiki bot announcements (important bugfixes, updates and notes).
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pywikipedia-l Python MediaWiki bot discussion (user and developer) about the Pywikibot framework.
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pywikipedia-bugs Bugs filed against Pywikibot (Bugzilla).
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pywikibot-commits Commits to the Pywikibot Git repository.
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Toolserver[edit]

List Description
toolserver-announce Important announcements about and regarding the toolserver
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toolserver-l For discussion about and regarding the toolserver
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Other[edit]

List Description
huggle Discussion of Huggle anti-vandalism tool (in English).
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labs-l Discussing Wikimedia Labs testing, prototyping, & development environment.
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xmldatadumps-l Discussion of providing and downloading Wikimedia data, see Data dumps for on-wiki documentation.
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General development and technical discussion[edit]

For all Wikimedians: the tech ambassadors list for discussion and announcements of upcoming changes and features:

wikitech-ambassadors (archive, gmane).
List Description
wikitech-l For discussion of technical issues with Wikimedia servers, features and development of the MediaWiki software, etc. This is not a forum for user help (see mediawiki-l, above).
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wikitech-announce Wikimedia technology platform and MediaWiki development and maintenance announcements, reports and updates (low-traffic).
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wikibots-l Discussion and self-help among bots users.
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Interest areas[edit]

Specific technical areas of work on MediaWiki in general and Wikimedia projects specifically.

List Description
analytics A mailing list for the Analytics Team at WMF and everybody who has an interest in Wikipedia and analytics.
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design Discussion of Wikimedia design: information architecture, visual design, style, etc.
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ee Discussion of initiatives that support new users and experienced editors on Wikipedia and MediaWiki projects ("Editor engagement"). Not to be confused with the private e2.
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maps-l Discussion about the integration of open maps (including from OpenStreetMap) with MediaWiki.
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MetaVid-l Discussion about MetaVidWiki and the integration of MetaVid with MediaWiki.
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mobile-l A list for announcing and discussing the Wikimedia mobile projects. This includes mobile web, apps, and tablets.
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offline-l This list is a place where technologists and practitioners meet to discuss the best approaches for using – as readers or as participants – MediaWiki-powered sites without Internet connectivity.
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teampractices A mailing list to discuss team practices employed in Wikimedia organizations, with focus on software engineering practices and methods such as agile development. Not to be confused with the private Engineering general discussion list for all staffers and contractors of that WMF department.
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wikivideo-l Discussion about video on Wikimedia projects. Closed in July 2013 - See the new Multimedia list, above.
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Defunct[edit]

See also[edit]

There are other ways of communicating with the community besides mailing lists. Some of them include: