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This team oversees official events, mentorship programs, diversity initiatives, contributor outreach, and other ways of growing our community.

If you love WordPress and want to help us do these things, join in!

Getting Involved

We use this blog for status reports, project announcements, and the occasional policy debate. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to comment on posts and join the discussion.

You can learn about our current activities on the Team Projects page. There projects are suitable for everyone from newcomers to WordPress community elders.

You can use our contact form to volunteer for one of our projects.

Communication

In addition to discussions on this blog, we have weekly IRC meetings Thursdays at 19:00 UTC in the #wordpress-getinvolved channel on irc.freenode.net (webchat) for real-time communication.

Each week is devoted to a specific area:
• 1st — Meetups/other local events
• 2nd — Mentorship, diversity
• 3rd — WordCamps/conferences
• 4th — Contributor recognition, .org sites
• (5th — Virtual party)

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  • Michael 7:05 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  
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    WordPress.tv Moderator Squad Update 

    “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
    – Benjamin Franklin

    After the upload of videos for a busy WordCamp month in June the uploads have slowed down. Although, there were 10 WordCamps held in the last two months with no submitted videos. If you held a WordCamp and the videos are not getting processed then let us know. We can help get them processed.

    We do have videos to moderate in the Pending queue but several need the presentations slides links before they are published. Slide links are important for the video presentation. As we move toward incorporating the slides into the videos these links are helpful. And they often contain links, graphs, code, resources and other information that is easier to find in a slides link than to fast forward a video to find the slide with the information.

    In The Last 7 Days:

    19 videos were published from 6 WordCamps around the world
    with views from 146 different countries.

    The Top Three Most Viewed WordCamp Videos This Week

    Will Haley: Angling Angular in WordPress

    Steve Zehngut: Build a WordPress Theme with Foundation and Underscores

    Evan Volgas: WordPress and Git

     
  • Cami Kaos 5:11 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  
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    A note for all you WordCamp organizers, as @andreamiddleton mentioned this is the week of the Automattic Grand Meetup. I know many of you have vendors needing payment and paper work that needs to be signed. We will be traveling Monday 9/22 and offline 23-24. If you need something paid or signed prior to to Thursday 9/25/14 please submit it to support@wordcamp.org asap so I can take care of it this week.

     
  • Andrea Middleton 10:53 pm on September 17, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    WordCamps update 

    This week is the Automattic grand meetup, and thus @jenmylo, @camikaos, and I will not be available at the time of our weekly team chat. Below is an update on WordCamps; if you’d like to meet tomorrow in our absence, perhaps we can have a general WordCamp organizer chat, since so many people on the team are organizers and some of you (Toronto, Orlando) have events coming up soon! :)

    We’ve had 58 camps so far this year, and 19 more on the schedule for 2014. There are still 5 WordCamps on the planning list which are still shooting for 2014 dates.

    WordCamps approved for pre-planning in September so far:

    • Belo Horizonte
    • Lancaster PA
    • Switzerland
    • Nepal
    • Mumbai

    WordCamps added to the schedule in September:

    • Sao Paulo

    WordCamp SF planning continues — we’re 6 weeks away, gulp! :) We’re still working on pricing live captioning for the event and figuring out how to incorporate that into the live stream. @iandunn is working on improving the attendee check-in feature for Camptix. We’ll be posting the rest of our awesome speakers and the provisional schedule soon — hopefully next week — and opening some forums so that attendees can connect before the event to arrange rides, meetings, etc. Expect some informational posts soon about the community summit as well.

     
    • Claudio Sanches 12:41 am on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      :D

    • Chris Koerner 2:53 am on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Andrea, can local Meetups host a viewing party for WCSF? I was thinking we could find some space, bring some food, and stream the presentations on a big screen. Is that kosher?

      • Jen Mylo 5:26 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        YES! We’ll be reaching out to all the organizers of meetups on the chapter account about this very thing. Go ahead and start looking for a space with two rooms so you can stream both tracks. We’ll give free livestream tickets to the meetups, and will cover venue cost the same as we would for a regular meetup venue. :)

    • Valerio Souza 3:15 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Belo Horizonte <3

  • Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic) 3:39 pm on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    WordPress.tv – Moderator issues thread for week 38 

    Another busy week of WordCamp videos coming into the queue at WordPress.tv, and those videos NEED YOU, so if you have a question about any of the videos you are moderating, please drop a line here in the comments.

    Office hours tomorrow

    Aside from comments on this thread, if you want to talk shop or have question that is better for chat, please drop in on IRC (#wordpress-getinvolved on Freenode) tomorrow from UTC 15:00 – 17:00.

    Convert to your time zone

     
    • John Parkinson 7:53 pm on September 16, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I can be there.

    • Christian Rüggeberg 8:37 am on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Two things about this file: https://wptv.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=38990&action=edit

      1. The title is very long, but it is the original title of the session. Do we shorten it because it looks better then?
      2. The name of the speaker was written wrong in the beginning and also end of the video (“Cheliman” instead of “Chellman”). It would be very nice if someone could edit this. I think you have to only overlay the mistake :) Afterwards this file can be published! … thx ;)

      • Michael 1:42 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Oh well, it is about making mistakes :)

        I’ll edit it and get it published.

      • Michael 5:39 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Christian, this has been corrected and published. I left the title as is, if you want to shortened it just edit the file and update.

        • Christian Rüggeberg 7:34 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Michael, thank you very much for your immediate work! No, i don’t want to cut the title, it was only a question because it is soooo long for the main headline on the page … :)
          Ah, i see that you set the location to “LA” instead of “Los Angeles”. I was also unsure because there is also a suggestion for “Los Angeles” in the list. So i will also use the short-version in tthe future!

          • Michael 8:04 pm on September 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yes, I had a question about the LA vs Los Angeles but I looked and the last one was under LA. All little confusing.

            Should we use both?

  • Morgan Kay 4:49 am on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    How to run a minority-only event 

    As I promised in last week’s team chat, here is a draft of some guidelines and resources for running minority-only events. Any suggestions for improvement are welcome!

    How to run a minority-only event

    The tech industry is notoriously white and male. WordPress is all about democratizing publishing, and one of the major strengths of WordPress is that, just as the WordPress software is easy for everyone to use, the community around WordPress is very friendly and open to everyone. However, newcomers are not always aware that WordPress is a friendly community, and many minorities still have to overcome some big cultural hurdles to feel welcome at tech events. With that in mind, your community might want to have some minority-only events. Here are some guidelines about how to run minority-only events.

    What kinds of events are okay?

    * study groups (people bring their projects and questions and work together to learn and improve)
    * workshops and talks around specific issues relevant to that group of people (imposter syndrome, public speaking, dealing with micro-aggressions)
    * pre-event mixers (as a prelude to an all-inclusive event)

    There’s a difference between saying “we want to overcome cultural pressures by giving women a safe space to learn where they don’t feel intimidated” vs. “these are casual gatherings that are limited by gender.” You need to have reasons why this particular event is useful to this particular minority group, or why this particular topic is relevant to the group. Some topics are of special interest to minorities, but could also be useful to non-minorities. If that is the case, you should consider holding two versions of the event: one for minorities only, and one that is open to everyone. For example, a workshop about speaking at WordCamps is useful to everyone, but there might be specific issues (such as imposter syndrome) that women/minorities will want to discuss more. At the very least, the curriculum you use in your minority-only event should be made available to everyone, or speakers should be recorded and posted on wordpress.tv.

    What groups of people can events target?
    Any minority group, or group that is under-represented in technology (ie, non-white straight males):

    * women
    * people of color
    * immigrants
    * queers
    * transgender people
    * people with disabilities

    But men!
    It might seem hypocritical that events exclusive to women and minorities are acceptable, but events exclusive to men or white people are not acceptable. However, women and minorities face issues that straight white men do not. These issues are particularly exaggerated in the tech industry, which is overwhelmingly dominated by white men. Minority-only events can address the issues that minorities face, and create a safe and comfortable space for people who might not otherwise feel safe and comfortable. A minority-only event gives minorities a chance to experiment and build confidence that they can then take with them to events that are open to everyone. This is also about privilege and power. There are some groups of people who have less privilege and power than others. These events are designed to flatten some of that structure of privilege and power.

    How to make this increase diversity
    It sounds contradictory that having an event where certain types of people are excluded could increase diversity in your community. However, these events can make it clear to minorities that they are welcome in your community, and that the community organizers are thinking about their needs. They can help minorities build confidence, find mentors, and feel comfortable participating. Make sure you explain at these events that your goal is to welcome their participation in the wider WordPress community, either by attending more meetups, contributing to WordPress, or using WordPress more. Use these events as an opportunity to find out what event organizers can do to make minorities feel welcome at all-inclusive events.

    How to organize these events if you’re a white male
    These events need to be organized and led by a representative of the minority they are designed to help. If you are not a minority, but you want to see these kinds of events happen in your community, you can send out an announcement to your members, or personally invite active minority members of your community. Do not tell them to organize events (that comes across as making minorities do more work just because they are minorities), but invite them to organize events and offer your support.

    How to handle it if the wrong type of person shows up
    First of all, make sure that your event description clearly states that this event is only open to certain people. If someone who doesn’t fit that description shows up, politely tell them that the event description clearly states that this event is not for them, and invite them to the next event where they are allowed.

    How to handle it if you get resistance from your meetup community
    Minority-only events can be a very touchy subject, so don’t be surprised if you meet some resistance, or even some downright anger, when organizing these events. First, know that as long as you are following these guidelines, you have the support of the WordPress Community Team, and if you need help handling pushback, we are available to help. Second, make sure that your events really are helping your community’s overall diversity: if not, you might need to reconsider these events. Even if it is clear that your events are strengthening your community, some people (perhaps even the minorities your events are trying to support) will have trouble understanding why these events are beneficial. The best thing to do is to point these people to some resources about the lack of diversity in the tech industry and why this is a problem (see list of resources below), or to provide some evidence to them that these events are directly helping your community. If you are just getting resistance from a few people, don’t invest too much time or energy in trying to change their minds: if they don’t understand issues of power and privilege, you will have a difficult time convincing them.

    How to handle definitions/outliers
    Assigning people to categories can be shockingly difficult. Someone might show up at your event who doesn’t quite look like they belong, such as a transgendered or mixed-race person. Be aware that this might happen, and be careful how you word your event descriptions. For example, you might limit a women-only event to “women and anyone who identifies as woman in a way that is significant to them.” You are creating a safe space, so let people define themselves instead of trying to impose your definitions on people.

    Make sure it’s working
    These events are only worthwhile if they actually do help increase diversity in your community. Make sure that you tell attendees that the goal of these events is to encourage/facilitate more participation from minorities. Ask attendees regularly why they’re coming: it might have more to do with date/time/location than with demographics. Also try to keep an eye on how much people who attend these events participate in the community as a whole: if they don’t participate more, perhaps these events aren’t working. Keep in mind that “participation” does not necessarily mean “coming to more meetups.” Participation can also mean contributing to WordPress, using WordPress more, and encouraging others to use WordPress.

    Further Reading
    If you want to know more about these issues, here are some good resources:

    Diversity issues in the tech industry:

    * Technology’s Man Problem – http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/06/technology/technologys-man-problem.html
    * We can do better – http://do-better.herokuapp.com/
    * Abuse as DDOS – http://modelviewculture.com/pieces/abuse-as-ddos

    Privilege and power:

    * Straight white male: the easiest difficulty setting there is – http://whatever.scalzi.com/2012/05/15/straight-white-male-the-lowest-difficulty-setting-there-is/
    * Male Programmer Privilege Checklist – http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Male_Programmer_Privilege_Checklist

    Value of minority-only spaces:

    * The Rise of Feminist Hackerspaces and How to Make Your Own – http://modelviewculture.com/pieces/the-rise-of-feminist-hackerspaces-and-how-to-make-your-own
    * Why Women-Only Tech Events are a Good Idea – http://womenofwp.org/2014/03/why-women-only-tech-events-are-a-good-idea/
    * Why Do Women Try To Get Ahead by Pulling Men Down? – https://medium.com/thoughts-on-society/why-do-women-try-to-get-ahead-by-pulling-men-down-a1345b36b91b

    Resources for people who want to be supportive of women and minorities:

    * Resources for allies on Geek Feminism Wiki – http://geekfeminism.wikia.com/wiki/Resources_for_allies
    * So You Want to Be An Ally – http://juliepagano.com/blog/2014/05/10/so-you-want-to-be-an-ally/

     
    • Morgan Kay 4:51 am on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      One issue that I didn’t bring up in this post…. For queer and transgender events, the RSVPs should be anonymous. Some people might not want their sexual orientation posted publicly on meetup.com. I don’t see a way to do this in meetup.com – is there any way around that?

    • Aaron Jorbin 5:06 am on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Awesome. Love it. Great job Morgan.

      As they happen, I hope some of the workshops on topics such as imposter syndrome and dealing with micro-aggressions make there way to WordCamps and other open events as it something that many people have to deal with.

      One suggested addition to the “How to organize these events if you’re a white male” section would be that ally’s can help in areas such assisting to find venues, finding sponsors, or being a sponsor.

      The last sentance in “Make sure it’s working” seems to be cut off.

      Thanks again for working on this.

      • Morgan Kay 5:23 am on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks, Aaron! And thanks for pointing out the end of the “making sure it’s working” section – I have fixed it.

        Yes, that would be a good addition to the “how to organize…” section.

    • Annette Voelckner 10:53 am on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow, thank you, Morgan!

      Will digg deeper at the weekend and leave a link for further discussion here http://wpwomende.org/english/.

    • Chase Livingston 3:09 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for posting this Morgan, can’t wait to see how it helps other meetups!

    • Chris Koerner 5:31 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      As someone who co-organizes a local meetup and WordCamp I will use this advice to help better improve the diversity and inclusiveness of our already amazing community. Thank you for putting it together.

      I do wish to express some concerns and hope that other community members can help me better understand the situation.

      I worry that creating events for any group, even minorities, still creates a culture of ‘separate but equal” – exclusion of others from some thing. I want everyone to be equals at the same table, not create their own. This feels a little off to me, that it doesn’t move things forward enough.

      Again, I’m well aware of my privilege and biased (as much as I can help it) view of the world.

      Am I shooting too far into the future here? Are minority-only events the first step toward an ideal?

      In my own introspection I found this article informative. I hope it helps others.

      http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/feb/15/need-women-only-spaces-naomi-wolf

      “My best sense is that all public institutions, events and gatherings should be open to all without discrimination. But is there is still a place for the occasional same-sex discussion group, training program and private gathering? I believe there is. In my ideal world, so long as we have a larger goal that what is learned separately is always directed back to a discussion that brings us all together.”

      • Morgan Kay 9:50 pm on September 12, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Chris, you are definitely right to be concerned about the “separate but equal” problem. This is exactly why I said (quoting Jen Mylo): “There’s a difference between saying “we want to overcome cultural pressures by giving women a safe space to learn where they don’t feel intimidated” vs. “these are casual gatherings that are limited by gender.”” That’s also why I said that organizers need to have a reason for having minority-only events, organizers need to make sure event attendees understand that these events are all about increasing diversity, and why event organizers need to make sure their events are increasing participation in the WordPress community.

        Perhaps we even need to have a way of quantifying/measuring how much these events help minority participation, such as statistics about meetup attendance or surveys. It might be worth making sure event organizers check in with the community team on a regular basis.

        I think that minority-only events are a small step toward an ideal. In a truly ideal world, we wouldn’t need them at all. Maybe some day the tech industry will be more inclusive and we won’t need to find ways to make minorities feel welcome. Until then, minority-only events can be helpful.

        The article you posted is very interesting – thanks for sharing that. Here’s another one buy a man who was originally arguing against women-only events, until a friend convinced him otherwise:
        http://blog.marktraceur.info/2013/07/16/on-feminism/

  • Michael 9:47 pm on September 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    WordPress.tv Moderator Squad Update 

    “Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.”
    - Albert Einstein

    The videos submitted to WordPressTV by WordCamps worldwide has been about 1 submitted video for every 3 videos shot. And then even some of those were never published for various reasons. And some WordCamp were not submitting any videos.

    But of the 10 WordCamps held worldwide in the Month of June this year, videos have been published  from every WordCamp held (about 20 each on average). And videos are still being uploaded from some of these WordCamps.
    Congratulations to these WordCamps.

    WordCamp Hamburg 2014
    WordCamp Romania 2014
    WordCamp Manchester 2014
    WordCamp Seattle 2014
    WordCamp Asheville 2014
    WordCamp Philly 2014
    WordCamp Kansai 2014
    WordCamp Orange County 2014
    WordCamp Chicago 2014
    WordCamp Calgary 2014

    Of the 5 WordCamps held in the month of July we have published videos from two.

    WordCamp Kansas City 2014
    WordCamp Vancouver 2014

    And of the 9 WordCamps held in the month of August we have published videos from one so far.

    WordCamp Russia 2014

     

    The Top Three Most Viewed WordCamp Videos This Week

    Steve Zehngut: Build a WordPress Theme with Foundation and Underscores

    Morgan Kay: Magic with CSS Pseudo-Selectors

    Evan Volgas: WordPress and Git

     

    In Process:

    In an effort to make videos available sooner they are now published as soon as they are moderated and are not held in a pending queue and published in small batches. This can result in numerous videos getting published in a day which can be a little overwhelming. As a result, there is a new link appearing under WordPress News in the admin panel (blog.wordpress.tv). This post is a summary of recent videos published on WordPressTV with a selection of a few of those videos published.

     
  • Andrea Middleton 6:39 pm on September 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Team chat, September 11, 2014
    Topic: mentorship/diversity

    Agenda:

    • GSoC update
    • check-in on mixer how-to that @liljimmi was working on
    • suggest topics in the comments
     
  • Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic) 10:49 pm on September 9, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    WordPress.tv – Moderator issues thread for week 37 

    Howdy WPTV Mods!

    WordCamp season is in full tilt, and the queue is ready for your modding pleasure, so if you have a question about any of the videos you are approving, please say so here in the comments.

    Office hours tomorrow

    Aside from comments on this thread, if you want to talk shop or have question that is better for chat, please drop in on IRC (#wordpress-getinvolved on Freenode) tomorrow from UTC 15:00 – 17:00.

    Convert to your time zone

     
  • Jen Mylo 1:15 pm on September 8, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    WCSF Tickets 

    Please read the post at http://make.wordpress.org/updates/2014/09/08/wcsf-tickets-and-stuff/ for information about WCSF ticket sales and the contributor days following the main conference. Please read that post *before* asking questions in the comments on this thread. :)

    If you are planning to attend the community team meetup but I have not been in touch with you regarding hotels/travel dates, please ping me in IRC (jenmylo) or shoot me an email (same username @wordpress.org) so I can include you in the planning. Note: we will be sending out the actual booking information (booking codes, etc) so if we have talked in general but you haven’t actually booked anything, don’t freak out — we have a spot on hold for you and you’ll be able to book it this week.

    Thanks!

     
  • Cami Kaos 8:07 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  
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    There hasn’t been a lot of detail about having meetup venue charges paid by the Foundation so we’d like to open up a discussion on what the requirements for that should be.

    In order for your area’s meetup to be eligible you need to:
    1 – be on the chapter account.
    2 – be following the 5 good-faith rules: https://make.wordpress.org/community/meetups/
    3 – be unable to find a donated venue
    4 – be meeting requirements for safety, adequate seating, and accessibility

    If those items are all met we recommend that the price point for your venue not exceed $5 per person per month and we ask for a 3-6 month invoice and commitment.

    When looking for a new venue, we’ll ask for a short venue requirements brief identifying what you need in a venue. If your proposed venue cost is higher than the recommended amount, we’ll ask what venues you’ve ruled out (and why) to better understand what you’re looking for, and what amenities the chosen venue has that makes it worth the higher cost.

    The Meetup Venue Approval Request form is located here: https://make.wordpress.org/community/meetup-venue-approval-request/

    Questions? Suggestions? Recommendations?

     
    • Tareq Hasan 8:10 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Filled up the venue approval request, haven’t got any response yet!

      • Jen Mylo 8:12 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Because it says right at the top it’s just a draft, and also anything like that will generally take at least few days to be processed.

        • Cami Kaos 8:15 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          When we finalize the form we should note that it may take up to a week to review and process payments. We should discuss what an appropriate timeline is as I will likely only process meetup venue invoices once a week.

          • Jen Mylo 8:21 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            If we do monthly hangouts they might not be *processed* or paid except monthly, but volunteers like @chaselivingston could still respond to the email that comes in to let them know it was received, ask for more info if any was missing, etc. we can work out a specific process to keep the email/bookkeeping burden on you as low as possible.

            • Chase Livingston 8:52 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink

              I’m happy to try and wrangle those confirmations as well as be available for any questions that come up.

          • Tareq Hasan 8:44 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Yes, a confirmation would be nice. Also a go-to person to knock about various issues via email regularly.

            • Jen Mylo 9:19 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink

              We are still figuring out how to work with groups that are not on our meetup.com account, like yours. Once we’ve got all the WCSF visa applications settled, we’ll circle back to the Bangladesh meetup and getting you all official.

    • Morgan Kay 8:30 pm on September 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The request form probably needs fields for venue name, address, and cost, and whatever other info you need about the venue to make your decision about whether to pay for it.

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