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Possible mentor: Sherif Ramadan
The php.net website serves as a foundation for the PHP documentation, downloading the PHP source code, and finding user-contributed notes to the PHP docs. This coupled with the fact that there is additional realestate tied to the php.net domain, such as: bugs.php.net, wiki.php.net, edit.php.net, etc… is what makes up the bulk of the infrastructure needed to keep the PHP Project online for the world.
There is no central system for keeping track of user information throughout the php.net infrastructure. This poses a number of small, but collectively serious, problems for organizing and enabling users on the website. For example, to file a bug report on bugs-web you provide a separate password and email address that's specific to bugs.php.net and is only stored and maintained there. To access the wiki at wiki.php.net you either login with your git/svn account credentials or the username/password you signed up with if you do not have a git/svn account. To access edit.php.net you either login with your git/svn account credentials or you can use your facebook/Google login or login anonymously. These things, however, are all isolated and distinct. For users of these various services that do not have a git/svn account or the required karma, they cannot reuse their sign-in information elsewhere.
Build and provide a unified API for all of the various php.net mirrors and servers to utilize for making user authentication (outside of the karma system) available where necessary. This can be used to better track and maintain user information for things like adding user notes to the manual, providing doc patches, submitting bug reports, tracking wiki karma/access, etc…
This can additionally help us thwart spam in user notes (something we currently don't have good safe guards against) and be able to hold users accountable for their actions on php.net.
Writing the first draft of this wiki page…
To be determined.