Tag: Fedora Wiki

The future of Fedora Community apps

The Community Platform Engineering team (formerly Community Infrastructure) indicated in July of 2019 that they have a higher workload than the team can bear. To ease this, they evaluated the applications that fit their mission statement. The applications that didn’t fit the mission were proposed for hand off to the community. 

I am happy to say there is a lot being done to preserve the applications that our community values. I have been working with the Fedora Project Leader (FPL), Fedora Program Manager (FPgM), Community Platform Engineering team (CPE), and the Open Source Program Office (OSPO) at Red Hat to transition app hosting and maintenance from CPE to OSPO.

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Application service categories and community handoff

The Community Platform Engineering (CPE) team recently wrote about our face-to-face meeting where we developed a team mission statement and developed a framework for making our workload more manageable. Having more focus will allow us to progress higher priority work for multiple stakeholders and move the needle on more initiatives in a more efficient manner than how we are working right now. 

During the F2F we walked through the process of how to gracefully remove ourselves from applications that are not fitting our mission statement. The next couple of months will be a transition phase as we want to ensure continuity and cause minimum disruption to the community. To assist in that strategy, we analysed our applications and came up with four classifications to which they could belong.

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Say no to wiki SPAM!

Recently, changes were made to the Fedora Project Wiki to reduce spam. The wiki had been under attack by some very determined spammers.  They were even  willing to create FAS IDs to be able to post spam in our wiki.

Countering spam

Kevin Fenzi sent an email about the changes to the devel-announce list on 16 July 2016. In his email, he noted the increased spam was initially being fought using Basset, a spam-blocking program by Patrick Uiterwijk. While the program is great at detecting spam and blocking accounts, it was not completely accurate and the delays in processing were causing confusion. This was creating extra manual work for the Fedora Infrastructure team as they sorted out the confusion.

Wiki is now CLA+1

Therefore, the decision was made to require wiki editors to have both signed the FPCA and be in an least one group other than the CLA group.

This will have no effect on the majority of Fedora contributors. However, there are a small group of people who need to edit the wiki and aren’t in any groups. These editors are typically either trying to update the Common Bugs page or are doing work that isn’t covered by any particular group. In these cases, please open a ticket on the Fedora Infrastructure Trac. There is a special wikieditors group that will be used only for these cases. If you are already in another group, you do not need to be added to this group.

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