Wikimedia CH/Tech boost

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Wikimedia CH sometime organizes a Tech Boost during which a project will be boosted with development support.


During a Tech Boost, at least one IT staff member will be available in this channel:


During these meetings you can meet one of these developers and system administrators, have a Jitsi Meeting conference with them, discover what they do, what are the current issues, share your ideas about a development, report bugs, leave feedback etc.


Here a showcase of some projects often involved in Wikimedia CH Tech boosts:

Description and goals

Dicoo cocktail.png is an independent community project powered by the MediaWiki software. Since 2022, it's hosted in the Wikimedia CH's infrastructure.

Boosting this entry, the technical quality of the project will be advanced.

DicoAdo homepage

Wikimedia CH Wikimini in January 2021 - screenshot pre-migration.png

Wikimini is an independent community project founded in 2008 and designed as a MediaWiki wiki farm, covering multiple languages. Since 2021, it's hosted in the Wikimedia CH's infrastructure.

Boosting this entry, the technical quality of the Wikimini project will be advanced.

Wikimini homepage
About Wikimini

Activities that can be boosted:

  • phabricator:T277278 - Implement OAuth login and registration into Wikimini (expected max. 1 working day)
  • phabricator:T268880 - Upgrade MediaWiki to increase security and adopt the new VisualEditor (expected max. 4 working days)
Phabricator Tag
WMCH Contributors annual report

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The WMCH contributors annual report is a tool born in 2020 to generate community reports, useful to give prizes to the community.

This project can be boosted to improve criteria, data collection methods, performances, maintainability, documentation, user interface, etc.


Activities that can be boosted:

  • phabricator:T277279 - allow to display data directly online (sort by whatever column, search for an user, download, etc.) (expected max 1 working day)
Community technical support

Wikimedia Community Logo.svg

During this boost we will invest some development for community templates and Scribunto Lua modules (introducing new functionalities, fixing bugs, improving documentation - whatever you think should be prioritized).
WMCH Matomo

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During this boost Wikimedia CH can contribute in making reports with their dedicated Matomo instance. We can analyze web traffic on some websites and some interesting projects adopting very strange criteria, create new variables, check global performances, monitor internal goals, etc.
Administration Dashboard
WMCH Cronos

Wikimedia CH Cronos calendar in December 2020 - monthly view.png

During this boost Wikimedia CH will contribute in developing our "definitive wiki-calendar", a wiki-friendly calendar.
About WMCH Cronos
Meta:Wikimedia CH/Cronos
Create an event using WMCH Cronos
Phabricator Tag

Wikimedia CH Minipedia example minimal page in June 2020.png

During this boost Wikimedia CH will contribute in developing Minipedia: a prototype born in 2021, to access simplified and reduced ("mini") versions of Wikipedia articles.

Try Minipedia's concept online.

Minipedia online demo
About Minipedia
Meta:Wikimedia CH/Minipedia
Phabricator Tag
WMCH Grant

Wikimedia CH grants splash screen in January 2021.png

During 2020, Wikimedia CH implemented an automatic notification system in its Grant apply page. This activity is considered stable but can be boosted to introduce new features.
Wikimedia CH/Grant apply
WMCH Tech Infrastructure

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During this boost we will invest on new powerful tools for Wikimedia CH members or the Wikimedia community or we will just maintain Wikimedia CH components up 'n' running with latest security patches.

This takes in consideration documentation, release of our configurations to the community, installation of new features, hardening, etc.

Tech Documentation (at the moment accessible only to WMCH members)
MediaWiki goodies

MediaWiki-2020-logo-horizontal.svg MediaWiki 1.31 special login WSOAuth extension English btn highlight.png

Development activities related to MediaWiki integrations and extensions can be boosted.

Core Activities concluded:

Zabbix monitoring

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The Zabbix monitoring is a Wikimedia CH activity that can be bosteed to be even more proactive in identifying an infrastructure problem in Wikimedia CH's servers hosting community projects.


How to report a bug?

Create a Task in #wmch-infrastructure

How to hack?

If you are a Free/Libre software developer, we have a lot of amazing stuff to be realized! Contact us in the talk page to discover how to do a "pull request" to introduce new features in the software we maintain and develop.

You can also suggest new features directly in the talk page or in this Wikimedia Phabricator Workboard:

View Workboard of #wmch-infrastructure

How to propose a new priority?

Feel free to contact Wikimedia CH, or directly User:Ilario (Community & Education program manager for Wikimedia Switzerland), to candidate your favorite Wikimedia project for a boost.

The funds are not infinite but we will try to do what we can. Thanks for your tips!

How to contribute?

Apart from all the ways already mentioned above, feel free to donate to Wikimedia CH to directly fuel the Wikimedia CH Tech boosts and other initiatives!


Feel free to contact the users involved in the WMCH Tech Boosts:

  • User:Ilario – technical supervisor and project manager (main contact - tech boost evaluator and activator)
  • User:Valerio Bozzolan – 2020-2022 tech boost operator (tech boost operator)
  • ...

Your help in contacting us to activate a Wikimedia CH Tech boost on your idea or problem is very precious. Don't be afraid to contact us! Thank you!

Next boosts[edit]

Here the next planned WMCH Tech Boosts:

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