Submissions:2019/What are you using? The backend of how your wiki and tools come together

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What are you using? The backend of how your wiki and tools come together


Tech & Tools

Type of session:



This session proposes to provide a high-level overview of the different parts of MediaWiki and how they fit together, what creates the front-end interfaces that we all use to read and edit, and how the different layers of skins, forms, gadgets and tools fit together on top of that to fully create our end user experience.

In keeping with this year's theme of reliability of information, it is important that we also better understand the systems that lie behind and provide this information. To help fulfil this goal, this presentation is intended to provide context and perspective for all audiences, regardless of technical background. I will be going into many different aspects of MediaWiki and related tools in terms of what they do and how they relate to each other, and indeed do not fully understand some of it myself - there may be some parts of our ecosystem that nobody fully understands anymore. As such, I cannot promise I won't just start insisting some of it runs on witchcraft partway through, but I'll try to keep that to a minimum.

Some of it really is witchcraft, though.

Academic Peer Review option:


Author name:

Calimonius the Estrange

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:


Affiliated organization(s):

MediaWiki developers

Estimated time:

20-30 minutes

Preferred room size:


Special requests:

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)

I won't prepare anything, but I can certainly spend ten minutes complaining about it even without prep...