[Wiki Loves Monuments] acute problems with the WLX jury tool during WLE-2016

Ilya Korniyko intracer at gmail.com
Wed Aug 3 09:38:51 UTC 2016

I'll add on
* Creating next round - sorry for latency. This is already implemented. On July
16 as Alexander mentioned himself
* Tool unavailability
** I installed monit service to reload jury tool and mysql when it goes
down. Will have to wait and see if this helps. Before this I tried upstart
and systemd configurations that also have respawn option. Unfortunately
they worked on Ubuntu/Debian/Centos 7, but not on Centos 6 that is on
WMUA's server, so I have to look for other tool and used monit for this.
** Tool is already deployed on Tool Labs -
* [T141908 <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T141908>] Restriction that
users have contest assigned to them and cannot be added to another - will
be fixed by end of the week.
* [T141909 <https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T141909>] Complete export
from the jury tool. It is actually available in the form of exporting each
juror rating or selection separately and overall rating for rating rounds.
What is suggested is to have overall number of jurors that selected an
image in the selection round and (Leila's suggestion) one cross table with
images as rows, jurors as columns and rating/selections as cell. This is a
trivial change as everything is already loaded in statistics module, I'll
just to have to output these specific fields. Also will be done by end of
the week.

Regarding alternate tool. Overall I think it's always good to have
alternative and understand what we have. I know at least two tools which
can to be good -

   - Israel jury tool by User:Ynhockey
   <https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Ynhockey> (his own claim)
   - Germany jury tool - http://tools.wmflabs.org/jury/ (Germany has lots
   of images and usually select winners fast, so I hope their tool is good)

Unfortunately I have not seen them, and their sources are not published.

Regarding developing of some completely new tool. I don't think it is a
serious option. It will be very effort consuming and most certainly will
not provide a better tool than already existing ones. At least for this
years WLM.


On Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 9:16 AM, Lily <lilyofthewest.wikimedia at gmail.com>

> Hi Alexander and others, :)
> *What I did in the past 2+ days*
> I reviewed your comments carefully and talked with a subset of the WLM
> international team including Ilya about the issues you have raised. I
> also reached out to few people outside of the team, to hear their thoughts
> and experiences, and here I am proposing the next steps.
> *Next steps*
> * Ilya will be looking to onboard one person to work with him on the
> code-base. This person will also create the redundancy that you mentioned
> in your notes earlier. Ideally, between Ilya and this person, the
> response time will be "same-day" except for non-critical requests. (If you
> know Scala or you know Java and you are passionate to get to the Scala
> world, please contact Ilya, and cc me.)
> * Ilya will give it a try to move the code-base to Tools this week. This
> will make sure that the service will have a standard up-time we can count
> on. There are three tasks associated with this effort: T141910, T124902,
> T141908. You can find them at https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/project/view/2005/.
> Ilya and I will review the tasks at the end of this week and re-assess
> the time they require.
> * Given the time crunch, Ilya and I discussed pursuing a plan B or an
> alternative tool that the international team can work on while Ilya is
> busy fixing bugs and improving WLX in the coming weeks. Based on this
> conversation, I have started reaching out to the owners of the 5 other jury
> tools. In the coming days, my attention will be focused on assessing where
> these tools are at the moment, and figuring out if offering one of them as
> an alternative makes sense. We also discussed the option of developing
> another tool. Basically, all options are on the table with plan b at the
> moment.
> * I will do my best to send updates to wikilovesmonuments public list
> about the progress with regards to the jury tool. If you don't hear from me
> and you want to hear more, please ask on the list, and I will get back to
> you there. :)
> *Help needed*
> We have a short time before the start of the contest, and I want us to
> feel confident that we will have a solid tool for everyone when we start on
> Sep. 1. We cannot do this alone though:
> * If we are to adapt any of the current tools or create a new tool, we are
> under a time crunch. If you can help with usability testing of the tool we
> will work on under time constraints, please let me know off-list.
> * We also may need help for further developing one of the current tools,
> or creating a new one. If you have time to help with that under the current
> time constraints, please email me off-list with information about the
> languages you are comfortable with and maybe a GitHub repository of (a
> sample of) your past work.
> And last but not least, I want to assure you that coming up with a
> solution for the jury tool(s) that we can use more smoothly during this
> year's WLM contest has a high priority for the international team. You have
> our commitments here. :)
> Best,
> Leila, on behalf of the WLM international team
> On Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 7:22 AM, Lily <lilyofthewest.wikimedia at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi Alexander,
>> Thank you for sharing your experience. We will review your comments in
>> the WLM international team and will get back to you by 2016-08-03. In
>> terms of the timelines, there is a general understanding in the team
>> that we'd like to have a fully functional jury tool before WLM kicks off
>> on Sep. 1. Otherwise, we will have many sleepless nights and create many
>> more of those for others. It's our high priority to avoid that. :)
>> Best,
>> Leila, on behalf of WLM international team
>> On Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 6:55 AM, Alexander Tsirlin <altsirlin at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>> We had very bad experience with using the WLX jury tool this year. I
>>> described it at length here:
>>> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_talk:WLX_Jury_Tool
>>> Several possible solutions are also mentioned on that page. I would like
>>> to hear your opinion about this situation. Could anyone help Ilya with
>>> developing and maintaining the jury tool, and make sure that it works at it
>>> should work?
>>> If we are planning to meet a very sharp deadline of October 25 for WLM
>>> photos, the jury tool should work absolutely smoothly, and user support has
>>> to be very prompt. Or it would be good to know already now that we can't
>>> rely on the jury tool, and alternative solutions should be searched for.
>>> Sincerely,
>>> Alexander
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