For the immediate next steps, what about starting with our own house (Wikimedia)?
Just yesterday I proposed @srishakatux and @aklapper to promote actively this space in the places where new developers tend to land (i.e. the wave of GSoC / Outreachy potential candidates that is about to arrive).
I asked in MediaWiki.org’s Support desk days ago but got no response yet. Agreeing the next steps with the maintainers of that channel is an objective priority. I appreciate a lot the dedication of those volunteers and, in fact, I believe their work would be simpler and more effective here (a hypothesis that needs proof, and hence this pilot among other reasons).
Next Monday’s Tech News edition is announcing this space. Good.
Then, what about a MassMessage to all Technical Village Pumps?
I believe a good potential audience for this new space are volunteers dealing with bots / template / gadgets in Wikimedia projects, frequently not knowing where to ask.
I also wonder about professional developers (i.e. Wikimedia Foundation’s). Should we promote more this space among them? It’s been a long time since an email to wikitech-l was enough to reach everybody. Professional developers also have developer questions, and many of them are also “new”, some of them literally new to MediaWiki/Wikimedia technologies, and some are kind of new when they have to jump out of their usual areas of work and expertise.