Learning patterns/Finding programmers for a WMF grant

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Finding programmers for a WMF grant
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problemYou need developers to work on a Wikimedia grant proposal
solutionThe best way to reach developers is using the mailing lists they follow.
creatorMcnabber091
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created on17 December, 2013
status:in progress


What problem does this solve?[edit]

This learning pattern addresses the problem of not having developers to help on your project.

What is the solution?[edit]

Try asking questions or making requests through one of these channels.

Mailing lists
Noticeboards
IRC

Considerations[edit]

  • Try to be as specific as possible about the kind of developer support you need. Do you need someone to run a Bot? Write a extension or Javascript Gadget? Create a new Wikimedia labs tool? If you're not sure what kind of developer help you will be needing for your project, try to describe the task that you want to perform as clearly as possible, and be ready to answer follow-up questions to the best of your ability.
  • If you are able, it is helpful for programmers to see a timeline that specifies rough deadlines for programming elements. Importantly, reserving some amount time for initial conversations and planning, programming, testing, and implementation. The more complex the programming element, the more testing it is likely to require.
  • If you are planning to pay for development work, it is best to estimate a potential hourly rate and how many hours of development work will be needed before you finalize the budget for your project. You may want to ask a friendly developer to help you with these estimates.


When to use[edit]

  • Grant-funded projects that involve creating new tools or automated processes on wiki.

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