Free Software Directory meeting recap for April 28th, 2017
Every week free software activists from around the world come together in #fsf on irc.freenode.org to help improve the Free Software Directory. This recaps the work we accomplished at the Friday, April 28th, 2017 meeting.
This week was all about the new. We added many new entries, but also welcomed a newer version of the Directory itself. We had been using an older version of MediaWiki for quite some time now. But last week one of our great sysadmins, sudoman, upgraded us to a more recent version. This is going to unlock all kinds of new possibilities in improving our work and the Directory. This first week though there were some growing pains unfortunately. We ran into an issue where it wasn't so easy to edit new, unapproved entries with form. You can always edit the source for the page, but the form makes things much easier. Luckily sudoman was around to help sort out the issue.
The new update also highlighted some pages that had issues with their approval. But luckily those pages were for an aborted project, and could simply be removed. Thanks to jgay for helping to sort out that problem. tfisgnag was also back again learning and helping to improve the Directory.
Finally, we'd also like to highlight that we have dumps of Directory that users can take and use for analysis or other projects. Data from the Directory is available at http://static.fsf.org/nosvn/directory/directory.xml and in compressed form at http://static.fsf.org/nosvn/directory/directory.xml.bz2.
If you would like to help update the directory, meet with us every Friday in #fsf on irc.freenode.org from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. EDT (16:00 to 19:00 UTC).