Community organization

The WikiToLearn community is organized in the following way. Each member can have a certain role, and can engage in as many working groups as he/she wish.

A purely fictional and narrative version that can help explaining the philosophy behind this organization can be read with The story of Bob.

Community Roles[edit | edit source]

The role you take on in the community defines your privileges and your responsabilities.

We have decided to have these three levels.
Note: Every registered user is automatically an Editor.

Working groups[edit | edit source]

Working groups are established upon presentation, debate and approval of their creation on the editor mailing lists. They are created by one (or more) people who wish to tackle a specific job or be responsible for a certain area. All the organization of the work and communications channels are decided internally within the group, but any decision taken must pass through the editor mailing list, and (to be effective) need to be documented on meta, where appropriate.

Every WG will have their own homepage on meta. Each working group will have an active maintainer/point of contact. Every user is free to join any working group by contacting the maintainer (or the members of the group) and simply listing himself/herself on the meta page.

How do I create a Working Group?[edit | edit source]

In order to create a Working group, you should:

  • Propose the creation of the working group on the Mailing List
  • Request the creation of a Phabricator project to track your tasks
  • Nominate a maintainer
  • Decide whether you need a mailing list, and if you do, request its creation.
    • Note: At least permament working groups are strongly encouraged to open a mailing list.
  • Create a homepage for the group (on meta) to publicly document
    • Description and scope of the working group
    • A maintainer and a list of the currently active members
    • Links to the communication channels
    • ...anything else that you might need.

How do I join a Working Group?[edit | edit source]

This depends on the Working Group itself, but in general you should simply:

  • Contact the maintainer
  • Join the required communication channels
  • List yourself on the meta homepage of your WG

Permanent working groups[edit | edit source]

A few groups will have the faculty to be permanent, since the community decided they are about special areas and will need special and constant attention. Permanent working groups will have their own mailing lists and phabricator project.

Temporary working groups[edit | edit source]

TWGs address specific problems/challenges with a specific scope and have a limited time of existence.

Note:This organization is unrelated to the production of the content, but acts as facilitator. We acknowledge the diversity of content teams, in terms of background and skills, and while we actively promote and help their organization (through the Community Organization Aid Working Group or other similar groups) we do not enforce any model or communication channel.