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Welcome to the official blog of the community/outreach team for the WordPress open source project!

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.


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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  • Andrea Middleton 11:26 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    WordCamp organizers are now contributors on WordCamp Central 

    We’re now adding all lead organizers of WordCamps as contributors on WordCamp Central so they can add vital details about their event to their own WordCamp CPT (thereby reducing the amount of copy/paste that Cami and I do) and also so they can compose their own announcement posts for the WordCamp Central blog. It’s been going pretty well so far!

    WordCamp organizers, if for some reason I did not already tell you about this directly, please feel free to draft posts for the WordCamp Central blog (announcements, recaps, etc) for me to review and schedule for publication.

  • Michael 8:48 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  
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    WordPress.tv Moderator Squad Update

    “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

    • Winston Churchill

    This week has been a week of many changes for the WPTV mod squad. We moved from our little cottage in the backyard to the main house on the hill.

    By moving to  http://make.wordpress.org/community/category/wordpress-tv/  we are now part of the make.wordpress.org/community.

    As with any move it comes with big advantages, like higher community visibility and some issues to work out, the main one being keeping communication open between mods.

    Even with the move and all the big changes the mod squad was busy moderating videos and the schedule queue for upcoming videos continues to grow.

    Some great presentations are being uploaded from WordCamp St. Louis,  WordCamp Philly and WordCamp Seattle.

    In The Last 7 Days:

    24 Videos were published

    from 5 WordCamps around the world.

    The most views this week from a country, other than the United States, was Germany.

    The Top Three Most Viewed Videos This Week

    Hilary Fosdal: No Regrets Web Design

    Sam Hotchkiss: Building and Managing Large Multisite Networks

    John James Jacoby: Multisite and Multi-network

    In Process:

    2 out of every 3 US WordCamp videos never make it to WPTV for a number of reasons.  So a post-production team is forming to help rescue and process some of these video presentations.

    Along with that is an effort to add more subtitling/translating for all WordCamp videos.

    • stk_jj 1:28 pm on August 1, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      > As with any move it comes with big advantages, like higher community visibility and some issues
      > to work out, the main one being keeping communication open between mods.

      This said, I’d like to fetch up the @jerrysarcastic posts from the »backyard cottage« asking for some ideas on using trac/IRC/this forum organizing communication and workflow between wordpress.tv-mods.

      Following a review on wpmudev about 3rd Party Content Creation Apps (http://premium.wpmudev.org/blog/do-3rd-party-content-creation-apps-stack-up-for-wordpress-site-owners/) I learned about the existence of EditFlow, which – suprise, suprise – is a product right next door on vip.wordpress.com. Reading the feature list makes EditFlow for me a perfect companion for our wordpress.tv workflow.

  • Jen Mylo 6:33 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

    Team Chat Agenda — July 31, 2014

    5th Thursday of the month, meeting topic is basically open to suggestion. Last week we tabled the issue of new blogs for various subcommunities. It might make sense to keep that tabled until we can set a special chat for that topic at a time that will work for some key people from various communities.

    Any suggestions for meeting agenda items today?

    • Jen Mylo 6:45 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      In keeping with the Virtual Party theme from the sidebar, if people want to try out the group videoconferencing app I mentioned last week, we could give it a try. A small download is needed from http://zoom.us/ and I can pop the meeting code into IRC when it’s time to start if we decide to do it.

  • Andrea Middleton 6:55 pm on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Upcoming WordCamp Hangouts 

    WordCamp organizer hangouts are scheduled for August!

    Google Plus has some interesting opinions about how many people we can invite to these hangouts, which are public to anyone in the WordPress community. If you’ve not been invited via Google Plus, please consider this your invitation and request to join any event that looks like fun to you. The last orientation in August will be streamed, so no limits there.

    This month I’ve scheduled two experimental WordCamp organizer “lunch” hangouts, which are intended to be casual gatherings for WordCamp organizers. No agenda, just WordCamp organizing chatter and fun times. If your camp is in planning, bring your challenges, ideas, and questions for feedback and advice from other organizers.

  • Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic) 4:07 pm on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment

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    WordPress.tv Moderator Office Hours 

    Are you a wordpress.tv moderator looking to get help with the videos you are working on? Maybe interested in becoming a mod and want to know a little about what we do? If so feel free to stop by for our weekly office hours in IRC (Freenode) at #wordpress-getinvolved on Wednesdays from 14:00-20:00 GMT

  • Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic) 8:30 pm on July 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    WordPress.tv – Moderator issues thread for week 31 

    Howdy Mods. Having any issues with the videos you are working with this week, or have any questions edge cases that need a second opinion? Please let me know here in the comments.

    • Michael Beil 11:20 pm on July 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Do you guys need any help moderating?

    • Michael Beil 11:21 pm on July 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Comment to follow comments ;P.

    • Phil Erb 2:04 pm on July 30, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Morning ModSquad. I’m on IRC (#wordpress-getinvolved) for WPTV office hours, if you need anything.

    • Michael 4:14 pm on July 31, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      When scheduling videos I noticed some small things get overlooked so I wanted to share the checklist that I use.
      It may not work for everyone but it may help catch some of the details.

      1. Post Title – use this format – Speaker Name: Title in Camel Case Lettering

      2. Video Attachment Title – Change under “Add Media” and use Post Title

      3. Description – Placed in Excerpt box (make sure it is in Present Tense)

      4. Slides – replace # and use this format Presentation Slides »

      5. Check the Meta Boxes:

      5.1 Categories (5) – Year, City (Location), Presentation Video (or Panel Discussion), Slides, WordCampTV

      5.2 Tags – All that apply (Caution Using How-To tags)

      5.3 Speaker – Name(s) of Presenter(s)

      5.4 Language – of Presenter

      5.5 Event – use this format – WordCamp (City or Location) (Year)

  • Jen Mylo 5:47 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  
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    Heads up: I’ll be importing the posts and comments from the previous wptv moderators blog that was on wordpress.com so that they can do their talking here as part of the team. :)

  • Jen Mylo 3:50 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Diversity Outreach FAQ 

    We’ve been talking about diversity — more diverse organizing teams, more diverse speaker rosters, more diverse contributor groups — and most everyone wants to help us grow in that area. Where we fall down is people not knowing how to get there. To that end, based on the success of the Philly Tech Week Diversity Mixer, I asked @liljimmi to work on a how-to guide for throwing a diversity mixer, with the thought that local wp meetups could throw similar events. She got together with some of the organizers last weekend and they put together a draft, which she shared with me. The thing that stood out was that it had a lot of how-to on planning a party, but only a couple of lines on how to do the outreach to diverse communities to get people interested. Tracy and I talked about ways to build out that section, and are thinking the best way to answer sensitive questions is to have people ask them.

    So! If Andrea were to tell you, “There should be a diverse group of people working together to choose speakers,” or, “I really need you to work on the diversity of your speaker roster this year,” what questions would run through your mind?

    Add as many questions as you can think of in the comments, and that will provide a starting point for building an FAQ, and possibly language/email templates that could be used for cold-call outreach. Don’t try to censor yourself here. Say things as bluntly as you would feel them, so we can create an FAQ that addresses real situations. Post all the questions you would have, even if someone else already did, so that we can also see which questions are the most frequently asked. (Ha)

    I’ll start:

    • I don’t know anyone who’s [from an underrepresented group]. How do I meet those people?
    • If I go to a Blogging While Black meetup event to try and meet some people, won’t I (as a white person) be accused of invading their space?
    • What’s the best way to contact people without inserting myself where I assume I’m not wanted/welcome?
    • How do I ask someone to get involved in a way that doesn’t tokenize them?
    • Could you tell me what to say when I’m contacting a person [from an underrepresented group] about getting involved so I don’t say something that’s inadvertently insensitive/racist/ableist/sexist/etc?
    • How much of this kind of outreach should be public vs private?
    • If I reach out to someone and they don’t reply, if I try again or even three times, is that being persistent because we all know that email piles up, or am I harassing someone that isn’t interested?
    • If someone in my group starts ranting about quotas and affirmative action, do you have language I can use to shut them up allay their concerns and convince them of the importance of diversity outreach?
    • Mike 3:58 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Maybe I am missing something, but I went to WCEU and it seemed very diverse to me.
      Attendees, speakers, people with whom I interacted.
      Do the stats for WCEU tell a different story?

      • Jen Mylo 4:00 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        This isn’t about any one event, so let’s not derail this thread. This thread is just for questions people have when trying to reach out, and things that make them feel nervous in doing so. Thanks!

    • David Laietta 4:00 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We’re trying to work on getting the gender of Orlando more equal. We have a fair number of women who attend our events, but it’s still a very male developer/female blogger stereotypical split. As group leaders, we’re having a tough time identifying female presenters/leaders in more of the “hard sciences” part of our events. I am all for donating time and resources to help teach and coach, but I feel that my gender would exacerbate issues.

      My main concern is really this: I like to be helpful to anyone that I can however I can. I don’t, however, want to be the man giving the women permission to do something.

      • How can I use the resources that I have to help more women get more involved in the group (and more involved as developers) without feeling like I’m doing it just out of “majority guilt” or that I’m the man “nobly giving to the lesser”? (even typing that question out made me feel bad)
    • David Laietta 4:05 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Another question!

      • If I am organizing an event, such as a camp or meetup, I will attempt my due diligence of ensuring diversity. Let’s say (for round numbers) that we get 100 speaker submissions and have room for 50 speakers. Seventy of the submissions were from men, 30 from women.
      • Do I invite about 25 men and 25 women to keep it equally diverse, about 15 women and 35 men to keep it in line with the number of submissions received, or base on some other metric (balance of topics, perceived level of skill, etc)?

      Currently we have a committee vote on speakers and invite those that receive the most votes. One thought that I have is removing any identifying information from the submissions and present a list of talk titles and descriptions for voting, to try to remove bias.

      • Andy Christian 3:47 am on July 26, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We did a blind voting system for WCNYC and it worked out pretty well. @jorbin put together an app that let us each rate the presentations based on content, local/not local, and originality. Then we went through the list from highest rated to lowest.

    • Tracy Levesque 4:33 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Kevin Taylor (one of my PTW co-organizers) and I have been working on expanding on the pre-planning/reaching out phase of our guide. I believe the bottom line is we have to stop operating from a place of fear and just reach out, focusing on the mutual benefit for all parties involved.

      The key is to plan the event together vs. throwing an event and then trying to invite people that fall into a “diversity” label. That could come off as disrespectful and tokenizing.

      David, for your event I bet there are women-led groups in your area that are working on encouraging/mentoring more women to present at tech events. You could reach out to those organizers and say we have a conference opportunity coming up would you be interested in helping to recruit speakers. You’d be working together for the benefit of everyone involved.

      I reached out to folks for our event and I didn’t get one negative reaction. The worst was “this is great, but I am really busy” and to that I said, “I understand – look for an invitation when the date and location are set.”

      It helps that I come from a group underrepresented in tech (woman/lesbian/bi-racial) and can be like “we are both members of underrepresented groups, let’s make it better.” But even if that doesn’t apply a sincere desire to change the homogeneity problem in tech events will often be appreciated vs. rejected.

    • Tracy Levesque 4:34 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      But back to FAQ questions…I would add a question about how to reach out to disability communities.

    • Kct1981 10:53 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hey gang! I am the Kevin Taylor Tracy mentioned. Tracy is right about inviting people to the table. Think of it this way, calling people into the group because you belive they have something to contribute is the key. Reducing people down to a label that can be quantified for some report or some metric to be managed merely “calls out” that you think they are different from the norm and should be treated differently.

      Inviting people to the table because you want their help is a better way to improve the diversity of your organization or group. Believe me, with a volunteer effort there is more than enough work to share with folks. And honestly, I don’t care what flavor of humanity you are, it’s always a compliment to be told, “You are hard working and smart, we could really use your help and your connections. Come join the party. “

    • MacManX (James Huff) 11:43 pm on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Let’s not derail too much, this is a passionate topic, and passionate topics have a tendency to distract from the goal at hand. For now, we’re just collecting Frequently Asked Questions. I’m sure we’ll get to the answers eventually. :)

      Two closely related questions I keep encountering in passing conversations with WordCamp and meetup organizers over the years:

      • I want to have a more diverse event, but I feel like I live in the least diverse community in the country. How do I avoid having my event dominated by one particular group when that group dominates the area by such an overwhelming majority?
      • I have exhausted my incredibly large list of diverse contacts within the city and surrounding communities, and the responses that I am getting are largely dominated by one group. I know I can fly in several diverse speakers from another state. Though this is primarily a local event, should I bring in speakers from outside to keep it diverse?
  • Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic) 9:18 pm on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment
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    Languages: No more duplicates 

    I have consolidated the languages taxonomy on wordpress.tv to now use the native language name and script, rather than English naming. As you can see, this cleans up the widget on the WordCamp.tv page quite a bit:



    For those that are curious, here is the list of English names, and what they were changed to:

    Arabic – اللغة العربية
    Bulgarian – български език
    Czech – čeština
    Danish – Dansk
    German – Deutsch
    French – Français
    Dutch – Nederlands
    Italian – Italiano
    Hebrew – עברית
    Japanese – 日本語
    Norwegian – Norsk
    Portuguese – Português
    Romanian – Română
    Spanish – Español
    Russian – Русский
    Slovak – Slovenčina
    Swedish – Svensk

    • ubernaut 8:15 am on July 25, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      looks cool but you also must have gotten rid of some were those language (tags?) empty?

      • Andy Christian 11:03 am on July 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Many of them were duplicate. For instance, both Deutsch and German were on there before. They’ve now been consolidated.

      • Jerry Bates (jerrysarcastic) 5:22 pm on July 28, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Nope, nothing was lost, and there were not tags displayed (in the widget) if there were no posts associated, though some have maybe just one or two videos.

        I was pretty methodical in how I went about consolidating the tags, and in many cases there were duplicates (like German and Deutsch) but also we had some other variations too (like FR, Français, and French) which bulked things up.

        Quite a bit tidier, no?

  • Michael 8:28 pm on July 24, 2014 Permalink | Log in to leave a Comment  
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    WordPress.tv Moderator Squad Update


    This week mods have been busy moderating videos and filling up the schedule queue. There are lots of videos with great content scheduled for next week, including several non-english presentations.

    And a Congratulations to WordCamp St Louis, the first video from a WordCamp St Louis was published this week with more to come.

    Chris Koerner: How to Get Involved with the WordPress Community

    Videos from WordCamp Philly and WordCamp Seattle are starting to arrive.

    In The Last 7 Days:

    There were 21 videos published

    from 9 different WordCamps worldwide

    with viewers from 154 different countries (even one from Vatican City, the next WordCamp?)

    Top Three Most Viewed Videos This Week

    Yesenia Sotelo: Use Google Analytics to Improve Your WordPress Website

    Tracy Apps: How to Not Design Like a Developer

    Sara Cannon: Smart Design – Icon Fonts, SVG, and the Mobile Influence

    In Process:

    A way to get the videos published faster while the content is fresh and making steady progress on a way to help organizers with processing WordCamp videos.

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