Free Software Directory:Backlog Admin Group

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The Backlog Admin Group (BAG) is a dedicated group to work on our Backlog.

Team Captain: David Hedlund.

 TZ database time zone nameIRC Freenode nick
Adonay Felipe NogueiraAmerica/Sao_Pauloadfeno
David Hedlund 🧙🏼Europe/StockholmDavid_Hedlund
Lorenzo AncoraEurope/Romekindling
Marcin CieślakEurope/Warsawsaper
Michael McMahonAmerica/New_Yorkthomzane

For internal meetings, the column about Property:TZ database time zone name from the above link can be used to display what would be the members' local time when the meeting start, given this example: TZ="MEMBER_TIME_ZONE" date --date='TZ="America/New_York" 12:00 this Fri'.


We need more members

People at Freenode#mediawiki and Freenode#semantic-mediawiki should be skilled in MediaWiki. We could gently ask if someone in those IRC channels wants to candidate to be a member of our team so we can solve more complex tasks in our Backlog faster.

Example of a generic participation request:
Hi $firstName,

I am an $senderRole of the Free Software Directory (FSD: <https://$currentDirectoryDomain/>), an ever-growing and user-editable web catalog of free software. We are searching for free software enthusiasts who are willing to dedicate their time and skills into volunteering for our project, with the ultimate aim of promoting free software and assisting end users. Your help is needed to translate or create the pages and/or, if you have computer science expertise, in verifying the existing pages and improving the functionalities of the FSD's infrastructure.
We await for your contributions during the weekly IRC meetings of the Free Software Foundation, don't miss out! (guide: <https://$currentDirectoryDomain/wiki/Free_Software_Directory:Participate>)

Best regards,

Membership policy

  • The Backlog Admin Group only accept volunteers with Administrator privileges.


  • We'll schedule meetings every year or so to actually operate in group activity.


Testing instance

During David's internship: The BAG members got full access to a fresh copy of the main server to investigate setting files etc:

The FSF will consider if we will keep it after David's internship.

I think we should keep these permissions for two reasons 1) the FSF will get gratis sysadmin work 2) the members in BAG will learn to work with the backend. For the moment only saper is a skilled MW admin but other group members would like learn how to maintain MW.

Testing pages in the main instance

See the test category.

How to modify Form:Entry

First read the hacking section. After this pick an aspect to modify.

If you don't know the property name that you want to work on, go to Form:Entry (or the Submit a new entry link in the navigation menu), then click on Edit. This is the form that appears for editing both new and existing entries, and to do so it uses many templates, all of which are responsible for actually setting the properties for each entry (look for lines with {{{for template). When done, Form:Entry automatically makes or updates a page which uses {{Entry}}, that is to be discussed later in this section.

Following along with the templates used by Form:Entry, as an example, {{Project license}} sets Property:License, and the form itself restricts it so that each usage must refer to an existing page in the License namespace. In summary this is an example of a restriction/constraint defined inside the form.

When a page is being viewed by a visitor/guest, {{Entry}} calls {{Show}}, which in turn makes use of a series of other templates, all responsible for printing not only the properties set by {{Entry}} but by many other templates. On {{Show}}, look for #ask: and #show: Semantic MediaWiki queries.

Now that you know the property name, in order to edit it as well as its type and other constraints, look at Property:<Property name>. For example, Property:License, is of type Page. This is an example of a restriction/constraint set inside the property's page (visit Property:License and click Edit).

Some times, form constraints conflict with ones on the property's page, so templates might need to make intermediary changes.

How to add file upload to form edit

To do.

Special pages not found in Special:SpecialPages

Special workarounds

Unlisted name spaces

  • Move the page
  • Use (Main) as name space.
  • Set "NAMESPACE:<title>" in the title wpNewTitleMain text form, example: "Draft:Main page"

External links

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