As usual at this time of the year, we’re opening a call for (at least) one new Accessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Team Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts.. I’ve been Team Rep for almost two-and-a-half years, which is way longer than usual, and now it’s really time for me to step down. It’s been an incredible journey, I learned a lot, and I’m really grateful to everyone who I got to know during my term.
To learn more about the role, you can check the article about what it means to be a Team Rep. Here are the main takeaways.
- Team Rep is an administrative role, not a Lead one.
- Letting go of the Team Rep title is not a loss of status, just a handing off of responsibilities.
- Someone who is a leader in a team can lead whether they are doing the team rep job or not.
Traditionally, the Accessibility Team has had two Team Reps, which allows them to share responsibilities, divide tasks and cover each other when needed. Since the election of @joesimpsonjr, we switched to having three Team Reps (at least temporarily) to reduce the burden even more.
If you want to be considered for the role or know someone who would be a great fit, you have the opportunity to nominate yourself or others by adding a comment to this post. Remember that if someone proposes your name, but you don’t feel like accepting, you should feel more than free to say no: we will consider your nomination only if you agree.
Nominations review will happen during the meeting on Friday, December 16, 2022, at 16:00 UTC. We’ll decide if and how to manage the voting round, depending on the number of submissions.
During the transition period, we will support the new Team Reps to be ready and operational as soon as they feel like it.
If you have questions about the Team Rep role or the nomination process, please feel free to reach out to @alexstine, @joesimpsonjr, or me (@ryokuhi) in the comments or on Slack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/., either with a Direct Message or in the #accessibility channel.
Props go to @alexstine and @joesimpsonjr for reviewing this post before publication.