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Software Engineer - Moderator Tools

Wikimedia Foundation

Wikimedia Foundation

Software Engineering
Posted on Saturday, January 27, 2024

Software Engineer - Moderator Tools (Full Stack)


The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a product software engineer to join the Moderator Tools team, reporting to product engineering management. As a product engineer, you will be responsible for building out components for our product user experiences. In this role, you will work in a remote environment, where we value teamwork and a consensus-oriented approach. You get to write open-source code for collaborative experiences supporting over half a billion pages accessed per day, and you get to do it at a place that believes we're all more successful when everyone has a good work-life balance.

On the Moderator Tools team, we build and improve tools for Wikimedia’s volunteer patrollers and administrators, improving their ability to review and take action on bad content across Wikimedia projects. Wikipedia’s reliability and trustworthiness is in large part a result of the efforts of these volunteers, who review new edits, revert vandalism, block bad actors, and protect important content. We are currently working on a project to enable communities to configure automated detection and reversion of bad edits, giving them more capacity for content moderation tasks, in addition to other projects that support moderators and editors.

You are responsible for:

  • Improving the content moderation experience by building new functionality primarily for the Automoderator project.
  • Fixing bugs for code that our team maintains, including The Wikipedia Library codebases.
  • Collaborating with product managers, designers, and other teams on shared projects.
  • Writing multilingual, accessible, and performant user interfaces using JavaScript, PHP, VueJS, and CSS.
  • Building on top of existing Design System Library components in our ecosystem and writing new ones when needed.
  • Building on top of existing MediaWiki APIs in our ecosystem.
  • Extending the capabilities of the MediaWiki stack to serve diverse community needs by incorporating possibilities that are offered by new tooling or technical advances.
  • Writing unit and integration tests
  • Proactively addressing security and code review feedback
  • Working across teams to proactively reduce technical debt by refactoring code, updating testing frameworks, and reviewing code from other engineers.
  • Instrumenting components to monitor user behavior and performance characteristics

Skills and experience:

  • 3-5 years related professional experience in programming roles with some understanding in fundamental frontend and backend concepts.
  • Experience in JavaScript.
  • Experience in PHP or Python.
  • A demonstrated ability to deliver features collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Experience converting design mockups into functional components
  • Experience with incorporating performance and accessibility into features.
  • Experience in writing well-documented and readable code

Qualities that are important to us:

  • A desire to make meaningful contributions to knowledge equity, free culture, and open access.
  • An emphasis on communicating clearly in both synchronous and asynchronous channels.
  • A willingness to incorporate new technical approaches and engineering thought patterns towards solving problems.
  • Interest in mentoring, or teaching and sharing technical knowledge.

Additionally, we'd love it if you have this:

  • Experience working with internationally distributed teams or organizations
  • Familiarity with Wikipedia / wikitext / markdown editing or content management systems (e.g., MediaWiki, Drupal, WordPress)
  • Experience with Bash, Django, VueJS, and/or Docker
  • Experience working with projects or communities in languages other than English
  • Experience working with large, legacy codebases

About the Wikimedia Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation is the nonprofit organization that operates Wikipedia and the other Wikimedia free knowledge projects. Our vision is a world in which every single human can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. We believe that everyone has the potential to contribute something to our shared knowledge, and that everyone should be able to access that knowledge freely. We host Wikipedia and the Wikimedia projects, build software experiences for reading, contributing, and sharing Wikimedia content, support the volunteer communities and partners who make Wikimedia possible, and advocate for policies that enable Wikimedia and free knowledge to thrive.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a charitable, not-for-profit organization that relies on donations. We receive donations from millions of individuals around the world, with an average donation of about $15. We also receive donations through institutional grants and gifts. The Wikimedia Foundation is a United States 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with offices in San Francisco, California, USA.

As an equal opportunity employer, the Wikimedia Foundation values having a diverse workforce and continuously strives to maintain an inclusive and equitable workplace. We encourage people with a diverse range of backgrounds to apply. We do not discriminate against any person based upon their race, traits historically associated with race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristics.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a remote-first organization with staff members including contractors based in more than 50 countries. Salaries at the Wikimedia Foundation are set in a way that is competitive, equitable, and consistent with our values and culture. The anticipated annual pay range of this position for applicants based within the United States is US$85,925 to US$134,289 with multiple individualized factors, including cost of living in the location, being the determinants of the offered pay. For applicants located outside of the US, the pay range will be adjusted to the country of hire. We neither ask for nor take into consideration the salary history of applicants. The compensation for a successful applicant will be based on their skills, experience and location.

All applicants can reach out to their recruiter to understand more about the specific pay range for their location during the interview process.

If you are a qualified applicant requiring assistance or an accommodation to complete any step of the application process due to a disability, you may contact us at recruiting@wikimedia.org or +1 (415) 839-6885.

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