Grants:Project/DannyS712/Create a global watchlist extension/Final

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Welcome to this project's final report! This report shares the outcomes, impact and learnings from the grantee's project.

Part 1: The Project edit

Summary edit

I successfully created an extension, mw:Extension:GlobalWatchlist, to replace my global watchlist user script, and got that extension deployed to meta. It can now be used by visiting Special:GlobalWatchlist.

Project Goals edit

Create a functional, integrated global watchlist

This was the only goal of the grant, and was accomplished. The "global watchlist" allows users to view changes to watched pages for multiple sites at once, and is integrated into MediaWiki via the extension system. Since the extension is deployed on Meta, it can be used by users of WMF wikis.

Project Impact edit

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Targets edit

  1. In the first column of the table below, please copy and paste the measures you selected to help you evaluate your project's success (see the Project Impact section of your proposal). Please use one row for each measure. If you set a numeric target for the measure, please include the number.
  2. In the second column, describe your project's actual results. If you set a numeric target for the measure, please report numerically in this column. Otherwise, write a brief sentence summarizing your output or outcome for this measure.
  3. In the third column, you have the option to provide further explanation as needed. You may also add additional explanation below this table.
Planned measure of success
(include numeric target, if applicable)
Actual result Explanation
During the project, I will write the code needed for the extension, test it, and continue to develop it Done The code was written and tested, and is available at git:mediawiki/extensions/GlobalWatchlist
Once the project is over, the software will remain available for use Done The software is still there

Story edit

Looking back over your whole project, what did you achieve? Tell us the story of your achievements, your results, your outcomes. Focus on inspiring moments, tough challenges, interesting anecdotes or anything that highlights the outcomes of your project. Imagine that you are sharing with a friend about the achievements that matter most to you in your project.

  • This should not be a list of what you did. You will be asked to provide that later in the Methods and Activities section.
  • Consider your original goals as you write your project's story, but don't let them limit you. Your project may have important outcomes you weren't expecting. Please focus on the impact that you believe matters most.

I successfully created an extension, mw:Extension:GlobalWatchlist, to replace my global watchlist user script, and got that extension deployed to meta. It can now be used by visiting Special:GlobalWatchlist.

Survey(s) edit

If you used surveys to evaluate the success of your project, please provide a link(s) in this section, then briefly summarize your survey results in your own words. Include three interesting outputs or outcomes that the survey revealed.

No surveys were used.

Other edit

Is there another way you would prefer to communicate the actual results of your project, as you understand them? You can do that here!

Methods and activities edit

Please provide a list of the main methods and activities through which you completed your project.

  • I wrote the code for the extension and submitted it on gerrit
  • I have set up a local installation of MediaWiki using MediaWiki Vagrant for local testing (see mw:MediaWiki-Vagrant)
  • I added the GlobalWatchlist extension to the patchdemo tool to simplify testing new patches by both myself and others

Project resources edit

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Learning edit

The best thing about trying something new is that you learn from it. We want to follow in your footsteps and learn along with you, and we want to know that you took enough risks in your project to have learned something really interesting! Think about what recommendations you have for others who may follow in your footsteps, and use the below sections to describe what worked and what didn’t.

What worked well edit

What did you try that was successful and you'd recommend others do? To help spread successful strategies so that they can be of use to others in the movement, rather than writing lots of text here, we'd like you to share your finding in the form of a link to a learning pattern.

What didn’t work edit

What did you try that you learned didn't work? What would you think about doing differently in the future? Please list these as short bullet points.

  • I didn't have a cohesive roadmap for the eventual extension, so I spent some time on things that were eventually not needed, like the transitional support for the extension to save settings to the user's javascript subpage, or the settings api
  • I filed tasks for the security and performance review fairly late in the process - I should have filed them at the start to get them on the radar of the relevant teams, with an explanation that the actual code wasn't ready to review yet

Other recommendations edit

If you have additional recommendations or reflections that don’t fit into the above sections, please list them here.

Next steps and opportunities edit

Are there opportunities for future growth of this project, or new areas you have uncovered in the course of this grant that could be fruitful for more exploration (either by yourself, or others)? What ideas or suggestions do you have for future projects based on the work you’ve completed? Please list these as short bullet points.

Part 2: The Grant edit

Finances edit

Actual spending edit

Please copy and paste the completed table from your project finances page. Check that you’ve listed the actual expenditures compared with what was originally planned. If there are differences between the planned and actual use of funds, please use the column provided to explain them.

Expense Approved amount Actual funds spent Difference
Work time (250 hours) $10,000 $10,000 $0
Computer equipment $1,000 $1,000 $0
Total $11,000 $11,000 $0

Remaining funds edit

Do you have any unspent funds from the grant?

Please answer yes or no. If yes, list the amount you did not use and explain why.

  • No

If you have unspent funds, they must be returned to WMF. Please see the instructions for returning unspent funds and indicate here if this is still in progress, or if this is already completed:

  • (Not applicable, no funds to return)

Documentation edit

Did you send documentation of all expenses paid with grant funds to grantsadmin, according to the guidelines here?

Please answer yes or no. If no, include an explanation.

  • Emailed with questions and an explanation of circumstances for missing documentation

Confirmation of project status edit

Did you comply with the requirements specified by WMF in the grant agreement?

Please answer yes or no.

  • yes, to the best of my understanding

Is your project completed?

Please answer yes or no.

  • yes

Grantee reflection edit

We’d love to hear any thoughts you have on what this project has meant to you, or how the experience of being a grantee has gone overall. Is there something that surprised you, or that you particularly enjoyed, or that you’ll do differently going forward as a result of the Project Grant experience? Please share it here!

This was a great experience. I was able to set my own schedule for writing the code, with the focus being on results, not hours. I hope to repeat the experience (I've requested more funding to continue development).