Committers credo Edit

Some people have write access to WP-CLI repositories. These people are identified in the following teams:

This “Committers credo” is a living document. It’s meant to establish generally agreed upon standards for committers, and will continue to evolve over time.

Product quality Product quality

WP-CLI is a project depended upon by the entire WordPress ecosystem. This trust is earned by producing a consistent, dependable, and high quality product. WP-CLI committers hold product and code quality in the highest regard.


  • Given a choice between Good, Fast, and Cheap, we pick Good and Slow. Creating great software is a journey, not a destination.
  • Pull requests need approval of at least one other committer before merging. If you’d like more than one code review, please don’t hesitate to request one.
  • If you need help with something, ask for help. Seriously, ask for help any time you feel like you need help. No sense getting stuck.

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Stellar judgement Stellar judgement

A great product is a reflection of thoughtful, deliberate, and considered decision-making. WP-CLI committers exhibit stellar judgement with making decisions on new features, fixing bugs, merging others pull requests, and generally working on the project.

The basis of this decision-making ensures:

  • New features fit within the scope and philosophy of the WP-CLI project.
  • Bug fixes are prioritized, because bugs negatively affect the product quality.
  • Pull requests include tests covering the scope of the change.
  • Potential code additions are evaluated on their maintenance burden as well as their usefulness.

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Consistent participation Consistent participation

Effective involvement with the WP-CLI project requires consistent involvement, clarity of communication, and a propensity to help others.

As a widely adopted project, WP-CLI has a diverse user base. Helping this user base has tremendous opportunity for impact. WP-CLI committers prioritize clearing others’ blockers over their own work, knowing this is a key contributor to a stable community.

Committer participation isn’t just committing code. Often, you can have a huge amount of impact by investing a little bit of your time into:

  • Refining an existing piece of documentation, or drafting a new one.
  • Helping a contributor with whatever is needed to finish up their pull request.
  • Triaging issues by spending 5-10 minutes further diagnosing the report and commenting with additional information you’ve discovered.