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Weekly Updates

Hello to all our Deputies, WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and ask for help!

X-post: Recap for Learn WordPress Working Group meeting – March 4, 2021

X-post from +make.wordpress.org/training: Recap for Learn WordPress Working Group meeting – March 4, 2021

Request for Feedback: Community Team Stats Dashboard

A few days ago, @iandunn asked for feedback on the idea of Stats Dashboard from all the make teams. During today’s Asia/EMEA version of the Community Team Meeting, participants understood that the question is actually quite big as our team has so many areas, numbers and metrics that could be monitored in the dashboard.

Instead of figuring out the ideas metrics for our team in the comments of the original post and making the comments threads long over there, let’s have the initial discussion here in our own blog.

First thing is to get some kind of idea whether operational, analytical, strategic or some combination of those dashboard types would be best for our needs. Here’s a good outline of what different types of dashboards do (usually) mean.

The second discussion is about what metrics we would like to have in the dashboard? There’s already reports in the WordCamp Central, our support tool Help Scout has some reporting possibilities, meetup.com APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. is used to track organisers and events in our chapter meetups but those details are not in the public Central reports. It’s highly possible that I’m forgetting some reports and usage of data we are already doing. But more interestingly, are there some other things we don’t measure in any way currently that could be beneficial to us?

Please share your feedback especially on the questions:

  1. What metrics should be in the Community Team dashboard?
  2. Are there some metrics that would be helpful to have in the dashboard, but shouldn’t be public for some reason?
#stats

Meetup Organizers: Got diverse speakers? Got any speakers?

Hello meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organizers!

How are you doing with getting speakers for your events these days? Has it been tough?

If you _are_ getting speakers, have you had trouble getting women and people from other marginalized and underrepresented groups (in terms of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, or age, etc.) to speak at your meetups?

We are holding two proven, effective workshops for you and your underrepresented communities in March 2021.

They are the same content. One is for the global community and the other is for the Great Lakes area (Hamilton, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara, Toronto, Mississauga, London, Kingston, Durham, etc.).

How would it feel to have a diverse speaker roster excited to speak at *your* meetup? Or if you’re not holding a meetup right now, giving your meetup community talk to attend at nearby meetups online?

We would like to invite you (yes you, the organizer, if you can) to attend the workshop along with underrepresented members of your community.

You’ll be able to support the participants to create great content that your meetup members would want to hear! (You’ll also be invited to do the exercises yourself, which will help everyone feel more comfortable participating, and also help you in your own speaker journey.)

All you need to do is send the message below to your meetup announcements. And also, if you can, to attend yourself.

(Even if you don’t think that there are underrepresented members in your community, a message like this will appeal to the people who have not been attending and you are likely to see new faces.)

Event for the Great Lakes area (Hamilton, Buffalo, Rochester, Niagara, Toronto, Mississauga, London Kingston, Durham, etc.):
March 4, 2021 @ 7:00pm – 8:30pm ET: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WP Events #Diversity&Inclusion

Event for the global community:
Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 5:30pm – 7:30pm UTC: How to Own Your Expertise & Start Speaking at WordPress Events #WPDiversity

If you can attend, sign up now. Either way, please send the following message to your meetup announcements:

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#wpdiversity, #wpdiversityworkshops

Community Team Meeting agenda for 2021-03-04

The Community Team bi-weekly meeting is happening tomorrow. The meeting is meant for all contributors on the team and everyone who is interested in taking part in some of the things our team does. Feel free to join us, even if you are not currently active in the team!

Please note the new meeting times!
Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly meeting: 2021-03-04 12:00 UTC
Americas friendly meeting:
2021-03-04 21:00 UTC

Below is a preliminary agenda for the meeting. If you wish to add things you’d like bring to into discussion, comment below or reach out to team reps @sippis or @kcristiano. It does not need to be a blog post yet, the topic can be discussed during the meeting nevertheless. We use the same agenda for both meetings.

Preliminary agenda

Deputy / Mentor / Contributor check-ins

What have you been doing and how is it going? What you got accomplished after the last meeting? Are there any blockers? Can other team members help you in some way?

Highlights

Tuesday Trainings
Again, really valuable content in the past two Tuesday Trainings posts. Especially the When can we start having meetups in person again is a really good and important post, as we are now allowing in-person meetups again that meet certain guidelines.

Meetup Organizers: Got diverse speakers? Got any speakers?
Diverse Speaker Training Working Group is hosting two proven, effective workshops for you and your underrepresented communities in March 2021. After this workshop meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. organiser will be able to support the participants to create great content that their meetup members would want to hear!

New and ongoing discussions

Proposal: 2021 Global Community Sponsorship program
As our events program will look again this year very different than we normally would have, there’s also need to redefine how our Global Community Sponsorship program will look as we can’t promise the usual benefits. A team of experienced global Community Sponsorship program contributors set up a proposal, and they propose offering one package only with completely new benefits, available on a quarterly basis. The comments deadline has already passed, but we surely can have discussion around this topic although.

Proposal to improve the organizing experience for online WordCamps
Over the past year, WordPress event organizers around the globe have learned so much about the process of organizing WordCamps, meetups, and other events online because we had to do that to keep going. Now that we’ve had a year to come together in this new way several of us have seen common obstacles. We want to tackle the three most common ones; tools, documentation and money. Please leave your feedback and share this post with everyone who organised online WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. during 2020, their feedback would help a lot!

Would Stats Dashboards Help Your Team?
MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. team posted an idea about team-specific dashboards asking would help us with our job and what kind of metrics would be helpful. Please read the post, let’s chat about the points Ian listed and have a discussion on this post.

Open floor

Opportunity to bring things into discussions that weren’t on the meeting agenda and if anyone has something they would like to share with the team. If you have a topic in mind before the meeting, please add it into the comments of this post.

Hope to see you on Thursday, either on Asia-Pacific / EMEA or Americas friendly version of the meeting!

Preliminary agenda was put together in collaboration of @sippis and @kcristiano.

#meeting, #meeting-agenda, #team-chat, #team-meeting

Contributor Working Group Agenda | March 3, 2021

Here is the Agenda for our meeting on Wednesday March 3, 2021 at 20:00 UTC in the #community-team channel in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.. As always, you can add comments to the meeting afterwards, and/or add comments to the recap post.

Agenda

  1. Team check-in
  2. Group check-ins
  3. Any blockers?
  4. Next steps

#WPContributors

X-post: Learn WordPress Working Group agenda – March 4, 2021 (15:00 UTC)

X-post from +make.wordpress.org/training: Learn WordPress Working Group agenda – March 4, 2021 (15:00 UTC)

Tuesday Trainings: Do I need a sponsor for my meetup?

This is a question deputies hear quite a bit. As with so many things, the quick answer to this question is usually “That depends, let’s talk about why you might need or want one”.

For meetups that happen in-person, the potential costs are far more than virtual meetups. I’ll talk about that in a bit, but for now I’ll focus on the more common virtual meetups.

In a virtual meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area., what costs need to be covered? WordPress Community Support covers the meetup fees. This allows access to meetup.com which can be used to communicate with your members and take registrations. The meetup itself will need to be hosted on a service such as Zoom, or Google Meet. You can see a full list of possible tools in the handbook. Some of these services may incur costs. Many meetups are fortunate to have someone donate a paid Zoom account, but what if they don’t have one?

The Community Team has Zoom accounts available for meetups. You can see the application on this page. This can be very helpful, especially if the meetup has more than 100 attendees as these accounts allow up to 300 attendees. Because Meetups share these accounts, organizers do need to apply for a Zoom account each time, and the logins and links will change.

Beyond the virtual meeting tool, are there other costs involved that a sponsor would help with? If there are, ask the Community Team so that deputies can discuss and help you determine what to do.

With in-person meetups, there are more costs. There may be venue costs. Many meetups like a ‘snack’ and since attendees are not charged for meetups, this cost must be covered from somewhere. Some meetups get donated space from a sponsor and others have them sponsor the ‘snacks’. Both of these are wonderful opportunities to engage a sponsor to help out.

Are covering costs the only reason to have a sponsor? No. A good relationship between a meetup and a sponsor goes beyond money. A sponsor can add value to a meetup and let’s look at that.

Aside from covering venue costs and snacks (or pizza) for in person meetups, sponsors can and have offered their virtual meeting tools to local meetups. This allows others to use the Zoom accounts that the Community Team has. Many of our program sponsors are hosting companies, and they have offered hosting to meetups that want to have their own community website.

I’ve been focusing on what meetups need from sponsors, but an equally important question is: what value will sponsors receive from sponsoring a meetup?

In any sponsor relationship, both sides have to give and receive something the other wants. Sponsors will mostly get exposure and their name out to all the meetup attendees. Sponsors can also be a great resource to meetup organizers. Sponsors can help out with topic ideas and possibly provide speakers, as long as speakers also follow the five good faith rules.

This year all meetups have sponsors via the Global Sponsorship program. While the benefits are limited (see this post for the details), meetup organizers should make use of their valuable resources.

How have you involved sponsors in your meetup? Do you have additional questions around meetup sponsors that you’d like to discuss?

Thanks to @angelasjin @camikaos @liamdempsey for their contributions.

#meetups, #tuesdaytrainings

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our Deputies, WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizers, MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and ask for help!

Recap of Contributor Working Group on Feb. 17, 2021

In attendance: @amethystanswers, @tacoverdo, @annezazu, @paaljoachim, @geektutor

Meeting start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1613591439277500
Agenda: https://make.wordpress.org/community/2021/02/17/contributor-working-group-agenda-february-17-2021/

Daylight Saving Time

Our meeting time will switch to 19:00 UTC after March 14, 2021. Meetings will still be the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Calendar invites should show your correct local time. Please let Christina Workman (@amethystanswers) know if you aren’t on the calendar invite and want to be. Also, the Agenda will always have a time converter link.

General Updates

WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. India and Yoast had Contributor events where users were setting up local environments with Windows. @paaljoachim will be using notes from those experiences to improve documentation.

The PR around a welcome comment on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ to push people to slack/be friendly was merged (@annezazu)

@annezazu did an update to the outreach page that should ideally help new people get up to speed with more wide ranging resources (https://developer.wordpress.org/block-editor/handbook/outreach/)

@daisyo participated at WordCamp India and plans to connect with them about how their Contributor event was

Group Goals

Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. Handbook

Goal: Look at how other OSS structure what they have for Contributor Events, compare it and use that to draw lessons and next goals. Start with Drupal, Joomla and TYPO3.
Target Date: April 1

Next Steps

Work towards goals

Next Meeting: Wednesday March 3, 2021 at 20:00 UTC

#WPContributors