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Communication

In addition to discussions on this blog, we have weekly Office Hours on Tuesday 20:00 UTC 2015 and Thursday 20:00 UTC 2015 in the #events channel on Slack for real-time communication.

• Tuesdays: Meetups and Volunteering
• Thursdays: WordCamps and Finances

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  • Jen 4:00 am on July 29, 2015 Permalink |  

    Wednesday #daily-updates

     
  • Jen 4:00 am on July 28, 2015 Permalink |  

    Tuesday #daily-updates

     
    • Cami Kaos 2:35 am on July 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • WordCamp US planning and meetings
      • full list of SupportPress predefs with id
      • WordCamp Omaha organizer discsussions & contract review
      • WordCamp and Meetup payments
      • Receive/ log sponsor payments
      • email for credit card program and lockbox setup
      • checkin on Community Sponsorships
  • Jen 4:00 am on July 27, 2015 Permalink |  

    Monday #daily-updates

     
    • Jenny 2:11 pm on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      All the swag today.

      Shipped swag to the following WordCamps :

      • Porto Algre, Brazil
      • Zurich, Switzland
      • Croatia
      • Cape Town, South Africa

      Contacted the following WordCamps regarding details for their swag shipment:

      • Norrkoping, Sweden
      • Salt Lake City, UT, USA
      • Baltimore, MD, USA
      • Krakow, Poland
      • Lithuania
    • Kevin Cristiano 9:29 pm on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Meetup Orientation with @chanthaboune for Helsinki, Meetup group created
      • Contacted WC Raleigh about Organizer contact info on Central Post
    • Josepha 10:03 pm on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Meetup orientation
      • Published Transfer information to the handbook
      • vetted a handful of Meetup groups/organizers
    • Andrea Middleton 5:32 pm on July 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • replied to Renny’s email outlining the Jakarta/Indonesia organizing team and updating us on the status of monthly meetups in Jakarta (there hasn’t been one since May due to summer holidays/Ramadan), and asked her to two things by the end of the week: 1) get some meetups scheduled for August and September (by which I mean she or someone else in the meetup could organize them) and 2) send out a public call for organizers/volunteers via the meetup group to make sure everyone in the community knows the WordCamp organizing team is open and welcoming to newcomers. She also promised to reach out again to the other person who’s expressed interest in helping on the team, Kai.
      • sent Renny the WordCamp organizer agreement, which evidently she had not been sent before
      • made a new copy of the WordCamp Attendee Survey for this year so that new events could use it again without having last year’s data mixed in with this year’s data
      • shared the filtered results to Asheville and Milwaukee
      • responded to Miriam Schwab clarifying the expectation that a community interested in organizing a WordCamp will have an active monthly meetup in place beforehand. The consensus at the 2014 community summit was that since a WordCamp is the annual celebration of a local WordPress community, it’s reasonable to expect there to be an active WordPress community in any place that wants to put on a WordCamp. I asked whether she thought this would be a blocker to the Israeli community and offered to arrange a time we could discuss via video chat, since that’s usually the best way to have a constructive dialogue.
      • initiated a large shipment of swag to @miss_jwo so that she can ship to local EU meetups and camps
  • Jen 4:00 am on July 26, 2015 Permalink |  

    Sunday #daily-updates

     
  • Jen 4:00 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink |  

    Saturday #daily-updates

     
    • Kevin Cristiano 11:28 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Published WC Raleigh and announced Date
      • Confirmed Organizer Orientation with WC San Diego
      • responded to WC Chicago regarding Date of 10/24, they will move forward with the date
  • Josepha 8:38 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink |
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    Categories: Meetups ( 26 )

    Multiple Meetup Groups in a Single City 

    Hello all you community builders out there!

    We’ve had a couple of discussions lately on slack about having multiple Meetup groups in single cities and how close is too close. There have been good arguments raised on both sides of the issue, which I’ve paraphrased below.

    1. In favor of single groups per city
      • Concentrates work of local WordPress enthusiasts.
      • Provides a very strong community base for the opportunity of future WordCamp planning.
      • Helps with chapter maintenance from a deputy perspective.
    2. In favor of multiple groups per city
      • Increases opportunities for leadership experience.
      • Provides events in other areas of a city (suburbs, etc).
      • It might be hard to find groups if they are far outside a popular zip code.

    The usual concerns are available for both as well:

    1. What are the best ways to make sure organizers don’t end up with a monopoly on the community?
    2. What is the healthiest option for the local communities?
    3. What if groups are really dedicated to different aspects of WordPress (developer, designer, etc)?

    Best practice is to consolidate Meetup groups within a city. The organization of each Meetup group is open which can allow for anyone to plan and host an event in the surrounding areas and for any skill level.

    This post is an opportunity for those who aren’t monitoring the slack chats to join in the discussion. Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

     
    • Alexander Gounder 8:49 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      We had one of our organisers start woocommerce Meetup under a similar program run by Woo, may be efforts should be made to have other programs integrate their events into one single group for the city.

      Also the idea that anyone can suggest a Meetup hasn’t been seeded enough, we as organisers need to put that idea out better.

      • Josepha 3:49 pm on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Tell me a little more about what you mean by ‘seeded’. Is it that organizers aren’t aware of it or that they don’t trust the idea yet?

    • Angie Meeker 10:20 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like that there can be multiple meetups in a city, for these reasons:

      1) Our day of the week might consistently not work for someone. Someone might have a Thursday night committment every week. Having other nearby options helps give more options in that way.

      2) Traffic/distance. There is a meetup in downtown Columbus, and another in Marysville. On a map, Marysville might look like a suburb of Cbus. In reality, we here consider it another world, even though it only take about an hour to get there. With traffic though, it can take much more than that. There are areas of growing cities that are just like that – Delaware and New Albany come to mind here in Central Ohio, too. For all intents and purposes, they’re NOT Columbus. On a map, yes. Practically speaking, no.

      I’d really love to see all of our cities have at least one meetup, and certainly, each one of these cities could have its own WordCamp, even if it’s smaller than ours. If the meetup exists to build the local community, than the local-er the better.

      • Josepha 4:00 pm on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I definitely agree that a city’s metro area on a map can be whole different worlds in real life.

        If there is a large organizing team (I’m thinking people from all around a metro area) who all organize regular, separate events, does that work for or against the concerns you’ve laid out here?

    • Mikel King 11:43 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      An advantage of having multiple meetup chapters within a city would help spread the leadership love around especially when it comes time to start planning a WordCamp in a large city. Not that I would know anything about that. 😉

      In NYC we have a fairly open community and the main meetup makes it very clear that any member can propose and host a special meetup of their own as long as they comply with the foundation rules etc.

      • Josepha 4:07 pm on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Yay for open leadership!

        When you say “spread the leadership” do you mean specifically that role of being the main point of contact with Central?

    • Andy Christian 4:31 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m a big proponent of multiple event locations within larger cities/areas, but I really like the idea of consolidating them into one Meetup group. Both Sydney and Melbourne do this really well. It helps to spread the leadership around, but makes it easier to cross-promote events that people from multiple areas might want to go to.

      • Josepha 4:12 pm on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If there’s anyone else who helps organize events for the Melbourne/Sydney areas, I’d like to hear from them on how this works, too (@thewebprincess?).

        I agree, Andy, that there should be as many events as possible (you know that I love a good WordPress gathering!). What ‘possible’ looks like for each area would probably vary, though. Can you tell us about an experience you’ve had encouraging diversity in event locations?

    • karaki 6:13 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Multiple groups for reasons of distance, date and theme will most likely grow than subside and since there are valid pros and cons for both scenarios, communication is the key. If all members of all groups in a city have access to or are added to an “all group” mailing list/group and kept informed of the activities and meetings of the other groups, then the city’s community can interact and engage with whichever group is relevant. Having a city meetup or mini wordcamp for all groups every quarter or bi-annually could also prove useful in addressing concerns about organiser monopoly.

      • Josepha 4:38 pm on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Communication is what keeps large organizations running smoothly!

        I feel concerned about the idea of “interacting with the group that is relevant”. All WordPress Meetup groups should be organized in such a way that everyone would feel the group is relevant to them based on their skill sets. Can you give me a better understanding of what you mean by that?

    • Aditya Kane 12:57 pm on July 26, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sorry, this might come across as a rant and possible more angry than I intended. But here goes.

      “Best practice is to consolidate Meetup groups within a city. ” Why is this a best practice? I do not think meetups should be told to consolidate as a “best practice”. I actually do not agree it is a best practice. This is completely against organic nature of WordPress meetups.

      This comes across a lot like corporatising of communities. I do not think this is a best practice at all. Consolidation of many into one really does not go along well with the open-source / distributed nature of WordPress or open-source culture.

      When there are two groups, both usually can see the advantages of consolidating or sharing resources etc. I do not see how Central or the foundation needs to play big brother and spell it out as “best practice” and gently push them in that direction. Let the groups figure out this via consensus and in an organic manner.

      • Josepha 2:59 pm on July 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I appreciate the candor, Aditya. I can see how it would feel like trying to make something more corporate. The idea behind it is to pull together a community to foster a more inclusive group. The concern is that having a lot of separate groups will keep a local community from pulling together.

    • Saurabh Shukla 2:30 pm on July 26, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree with Aditya and would go a step further and say that I’m quite surprised that it is even a discussion! It’s a community, let different families co-exist and work it out from place to place.

      Let’s not start forming “best practices” that quickly feel like rules. Best practices are good for solving well-defined and ill-defined problems like “how to organise a WordCamp” or ‘how to encourage more meetups and leaders within the community” not how many meetup groups should function in a location. When should we “allow” multiple communities and when not.

      There are bigger and better problems that are on the table. Let’s divert our attention to those. Can we discuss “how do we improve inter-meetup group collaboration within the same city or multiple cities so we get virtually the same benefits as if it were a single group rather than consolidation (which is a very very scary term, IMHO) without destroying the anarchist nature of communities and open source ethic in general”?

      • Josepha 3:15 pm on July 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Discussion is an important part of the open source ethic, too. Without bringing to the table the thoughts and questions of all of our community members, we miss the opportunity to learn about their perspectives on a subject.

        We do want to be able to address the larger/more complex issues in the communities we serve which is part of why the deputy program has been created. Realistically, best practices get more important as we grow that program. Autonomy and consistency are both important in making any program scalable.

        The upside to best practices is that they are flexible so that we can always account for situations we didn’t originally expect. I’d like to hear your thoughts on the issue you brought up at the end, though, better communication between groups that already exist!

      • Andrea Middleton 5:18 pm on July 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I wonder if we’re getting caught up in terminology again — what if we used the term “unite meetups” instead of “consolidate” meetups? :) Of course open source is all about freedom, but it’s also about collaboration. If we were all working on separate forks of WordPress, then we wouldn’t get very far improving WordPress for everyone. If we are all working in separate communities, then our efforts are divided and possibly less effective.

        Assuming that chapter account meetup/user groups are open to anyone in the group organizing an event series, then do you see a disadvantage if people are encouraged to join an existing user group and plan events within the established group instead of creating a new, separate group? :)

    • Dee Teal 8:37 pm on July 26, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks for the shout out @josepha – As you may imagine, we’re wholly in favour of mulitple groups and in Sydney, Melbourne, and the Gold Coast there are several different events every month. In some cases the leadership of each group is similar, in others, they vary. In Sydney and Melbourne the multiple groups are all run under the one meetup account and are just different events for the same ‘group’ in the Gold Coast the meetups have grown organically and are different groups run indivudally but who have found each other and are becoming more connected as time goes by.

      There are merits in both.

      I can speak most directly about Melbourne as that’s where I organise with some input in Sydney having organised there in the past.

      Melbourne has 4 different meetups a month as we are in the fortunate situation of having 7 reasonably active leaders, active in Melbourne, and active in the wider AU community. So we have a User meetup where 3 leaders contribute, and a Developer meetup where the other 4 hang out and contribute, the women’s meetup where I contribute and a new meetup that started in the outer suburbs organically and which we have since adopted and which one of our 7 assists those new leaders.

      Or primary reason for adopting this group and bringing its events under our meetup account is to assist with wider publicity and to encourage all the groups with leadership support and speaker supply, and to encourage the group to discover and participate in the wider open culture of WordPress meetups with which we’re familiar.

      One of the primary reasons we’re in favour of multiple meetups, especially geographically is that for some groups, people are much more likely to come to a local meetup than to trek great distances into the city for a meetup. So having a North Sydney and Western Sydney meetup widens the pool of WordPress users connected to the community significantly. Equally, the Warrandyte meetup which is in the very outer Melbourne eastern suburbs reaches people who would not travel for an hour to come into Melbourne to meetup. So we’re nurturing events that have begun organically out there. If they start up on their own, there’s obviously a need.

      In the past we’ve encouraged people to organise their own events and made our meetup account available for people to do that. There hasn’t been much uptake of that offer, and sadly this week we had to close the access to that kind of ability because our meetup acount was spammed signficiantly with fake events. We’ll continue to make those offers to other users to make their own things but having the infrastructure for people to be able to make their own events is a disappointment.

      When there 7 organisers in a group like ours it’s hard to say that any one leader has a monopoly, and as far as what’s healthiest for each community, I don’t think it’s possible to say because what works for one may not work for the next. Sydney, beautiful though she is has geographic challenges in that while her population is only 4million she is 1,788 km² (690m²) in size and it would be unrealistic to expect only one meetup to cater to the whole city.

      Melbourne, whose public transport system and smaller population (and different culture) means most of our meetups happen in the metropolitan area and people will happily/easily travel to them (and some from reasonable distance – though we do still hear people say ‘oh, it’s in town, it’s too far, oh, it’s not Northside’… there will always be those).

      Melbourne’s difference is that we have separate developer and user meetups which attract similar numbers each month. It’s hard to say whether the need to separate on that basis has grown our numbers, I believe it has, but we have that luxury because we have leadership who are significant contributors in both fields and so it works well for us to have leaders focus on their strengths/interests as well. Separating teh groups means there’s physical room for more people and so these groups are both sitting at aroung 50-60 attendees each month (give or take).

      I appreciate that the wider concern over these questions is probably how to preserve the open, collaborative culture of WordPress meetups and provide a positive experience for those who participate. And my hope is that we’re not trying to squeeze every WordPress meetup into the same mould.

      I understand the specific concern around people ‘owning’ meetups, and I also appreciate that the idea of too many, too close may cause people to feel they dilute the impact of a strong cohesive representation in the area. These are legitimate concerns. But if what we’re actually trying to do is have the ‘right’ people organising, and having meetups done ‘right’ then then notion of what that actually looks like starts to bother me. We have the five good faith rules that we adhere to, and that should be enough…

      So, if two groups spring up close to each other, independent of each other, I’d ask the question why. Is it because of a need? Great! Connect to each other, share resources, celebrate the fact there’s enough interest!! Is it because of a disagreement? Well, that’s less good and could be going against the grain of WordPress’ openness… so work on the root cause of that and deal with it… Is it because of entrenched leadership? Then there needs to be some conversations around that… because if there are quality people capable and interested in leadership, existing meetups should be encouraging and nurturing that, not stifling it.

      In short, I don’t think there needs to be a hard and fast rule about what’s too close. What’s best for each city is going to depend on the city, or the town, or the group. What’s best for WordPress is great connected, excited and dedicated leaders and community who work with, look after and teach and learn from each other, we should be doing everything we can to encourage that, and be less concerned about whether that looks the same for each group

  • Jen 4:00 am on July 24, 2015 Permalink |  

    Friday #daily-updates

     
    • Alexander Gounder 4:38 am on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Replied to WordCamp Applicant for Siliguri, West Bengal, India asking them to start meetups before planning a WordCamp.

    • Aditya Kane 1:03 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Shared WordCamp Status Doc with all Deputies.
      • Took @gounder through a WordCamp Application reply – He can now wrangle WordCamp applications.
    • Kevin Cristiano 6:28 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • added WC Portland Beginner to schedule 10/24
      • Followed up with WC Chicago regarding Dates
      • Support Press Clean up
    • Rich Robinkoff 7:06 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Replied to WC San Diego applicant for more details on starting 8 months prior to event and not providing a local meetup

      • Andrea Middleton 11:05 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        @rkoffy, could you provide a little more information about this? :)

        • Rich Robinkoff 1:29 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Of course, sorry about that. Had more follow up but did not have a chance to further document until I got home.

          • In order to secure the venue, they asked and Cami agreed that they should start the process now.
          • As far as the meetup, they supplied the AWP online group in the application. It was the same for WCSD15 so I wasn’t overly concerned at first but asked for more. I was provided the details of the local meetup. I need to do some vetting but we tentatively have the interview set for Wednesday evening.
    • Andrea Middleton 11:03 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • sent organizer agreement to the WordCamp Paris applicant
      • asked Rhode Island to get a written waiver of their venue’s catering lock-in before we signed the contract
      • addressed some questions that GoDaddy had about some sponsorship acknowledgement on the WordCamp Asheville site; I’ll follow up with Asheville after their event is complete next week.
      • talked to James Dalman of Happy Joe to get more info on the kinds of collaboration his group is arranging with local communities. I shared that WordCamps don’t really “partner” with other groups, but that organizing training events associated with WordCamps is a long-standing practice. We talked about ways that local community groups can be long-term resources for people learning WordPress or looking to work in the WordPress ecosystem (like the military personnel that Happy Joe is doing outreach with).
      • emailed a person who had harassed organizers at WordCamp Mumbai last year and had been asked not to attend WordCamps in 2015, who has recently joined the local meetup group and signed up for an upcoming event. I asked this person to also refrain from attending events organized by the Mumbai meetup/user group this year as well. I also indicated a way to appeal this decision.
      • asked for more info from WordCamp Tel Aviv applicant about why she thinks Israel doesn’t have a monthly WordPress meetup
  • Matt Mullenweg 4:38 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink |
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    Categories: WordCamps ( 63 )

    It’s official: Philadelphia will host the first WCUS on Dec 4-6, and 2016 as well. I posted on my blog too.

    All of the applications were excellent and will be choosing the 2017/2018 host city next year through a similar process.

    Happy to answer any questions here!

     
    • Peter Nemcok 4:41 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Wow, congrats Philly!

    • David Bisset 4:44 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congrats to Philly!

    • Rich Robinkoff 4:46 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Way to go Philly!

    • Aaron Jorbin 4:58 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Awesome to hear.

      Where in the city will the event be? Will the organizing team be filled out with people from outside of Philly as well?

      • Matt Mullenweg 5:27 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        The Convention Center, which is right in the middle of the city, just a few blocks from city hall.

        There are two reasonably-priced hotels right next to it that actually connect via tunnel, so you don’t even need to go outside if you don’t need to.

        It will be cold, but probably not snowy, around that item. The holiday decorations should be lovely, too.

    • Drew Jaynes 5:17 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      @matt: I recognize that the reasoning behind hosting both the first and second WCUSs in the same city likely has to do with getting such a late start in 2015.

      At the same time, I question the precedent that sets right out of the gate. I thought the purpose of moving it from SF was to become more representative of the entire country. This looks like a consolation prize for asking Philly to organize a national event in only a couple of months.

      On that same token, I’d like to see WCUS employ a similar model to that of WCEU, that is to say, having a national (in their case international) dream team of organizers working with the local team to execute a WordCamp. Which leads me to a few questions:

      1. What if any plans are there to assemble such a “national dream team” of organizers for the first and second WCUSs?
      2. When would the host city application process begin for 2017?
      3. What effect do you think hosting WCUS 2016 will have on Philly’s ability to also host their own WordCamp next year? Is WCUS seen a replacement for the host city WordCamp in any given year?

      • Matt Mullenweg 5:36 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Good questions! Thanks for bringing them up.

        I recognize that the reasoning behind hosting both the first and second WCUSs in the same city likely has to do with getting such a late start in 2015.

        We also considered some dates for next year, just skipping this year, but even then would have had PHL host it two years in a row. There is no consolation prize, if anything it’s a big ask to do something as big as WCUS two years in a row, just trying to halve some of the logistical overhead of having a new city/location/etc every single year. (The Automattic Grand meetup will also be in a repeat location this year, it takes away a ton of the stress, uncertainty, and planning.)

        What if any plans are there to assemble such a “national dream team” of organizers for the first and second WCUSs?

        The local crew will be coordinating with non-local volunteers as well, including myself, similar to how WCSF had people from all over helping.

        Philadelphia is also very central and has easy access from other major east coast population centers like New York, DC, Boston. It’s so easy to get around by train it wouldn’t be a big stretch for people nearby to volunteer with the local team.

        When would the host city application process begin for 2017?

        Probably about halfway through next year. An expectation from the chosen team is they would visit and help with the 2016 WCUS in Philadelphia to get on-the-ground experience. I expect some of the Philly people will also help in a more background role, similar to WCEU has shown works well. (WCEU is definitely an inspiration for the approach.)

        What effect do you think hosting WCUS 2016 will have on Philly’s ability to also host their own WordCamp next year? Is WCUS seen a replacement for the host city WordCamp in any given year?

        That’s up to the local team. Personally I wouldn’t be surprised if the city WC is skipped, but I would expect the other local events on deck in Pennsylvania (Lancaster, Pittsburg, and Scranton which I just attended) to continue on their normal schedule and plans.

        • Drew Jaynes 6:20 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I think my primary concern with hosting WCUS in the same city two years in a row and then using that localized team to mentor a second localized team will, well, unnecessarily localize that institutional knowledge.

          I like the idea of WCUS as a truly national event a lot more if the rest of the country has equal opportunity to participate in organizing it. I think if this two-years-per-city trend continues we’re going to alienate a lot of organizers who would otherwise apply to host. And as for the localized team, relying on the equivalent of three years of organizer activity is a big ask.

          • Matt Mullenweg 7:53 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            We will see, we’ve definitely seen the year-to-year experience really help with city-level events before, and of course with SF in the past which got smoother and better every year.

            I’m sure there will be ample opportunities for non-local organizers to be involved with every level of the event to the extent they have the desire and time to.

    • Matt Shaw 5:36 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      So excited for this – living in Philly suburbs I would be happy to help if/where possible.

    • codyL 5:38 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m disappointed Phoenix didn’t get chosen but I live there and am biased. 😉

      What’s the weather like flying into Philly in December? I am disappointed this might detract a lot of people considering to go.

      • Brad Williams 5:46 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Philly can get cold in December, but it varies from year to year. Honestly, it’s pretty beautiful in December in Philly.

        Rocky didn’t mind it and neither should you! :)

        • codyL 5:49 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I’m going to hold you personally responsible for my untimely frozen death if this so happens when I visit!

          Seriously am looking forward to visiting and running the steps tho.

      • David Bisset 5:48 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        i’m with Cody. Cold I can deal with – but how cold are we talking about? Snow, etc.? I’m from Florida and I got nothing but a sweater and a WordCamp Miami quilt that Andrea made.

      • Carlos 3:47 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I’m originally from Los Angeles and have lived in Philly the past 5 years. Early December is really nice. It’s cold (high 40’s) but it’s also rare to see snow or the temperature drop below freezing. In recent years in December we’re more likely to have a warm spell in the 50’s and 60’s. Snow is rare and usually melts before it even touches the ground.

        The convention center is located a few blocks Philadelphia’s Christmas Village in Love Park and across the street from Macy’s Christmas Light Show. I highly recommend visitors walk over for a couple of unique Philly experiences.

    • Deborah 5:52 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congrats to Philly!

    • Robert Dall 5:56 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d really like to know why WordCamp United States #WCUS is not WordCamp North American #WCNA. As there will be a lot of Canadian’s in attendance. (Sadly I will not be one of them) But if we take WCEU as an example we can make it a more continental affair.

      • Rafael Ehlers 6:37 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Slow down Cowboy, we are already planning (actually, more like to “dreaming”) to make a WordCamp Latin America in the near future : )

      • Matt Mullenweg 7:43 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We love Canada, too. Mexico would probably be better aligned with a Spanish-language event, like the Latin America one Rafael mentions.

        • Andy Christian 4:39 am on July 25, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          I also think that it should be called WordCamp North America, or something else that isn’t country-specific, considering how many non-US community members will inevitably come.

          That being said, it’s not a huge point of contention for me.

    • Jon Brown 7:02 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Philly is a great choice. I have no doubt it’ll be an epic camp and Philly is one of my favorite cities to visit, lots of old friends in PA make it an easy travel choice to make.

      Personally though I’m really bummed that it’s such short notice. There’s almost no way I’ll be able to attend this year :(

      Further I’d like to express that I’m really disappointed in the choice to hold it in the same city twice. WCEU has never that I know of repeated cities and they manage wonderfully. Further it doesn’t address what one of the long and big complaints about WCSF has always been… those of us not near SF having to repeatedly travel so far. Even if Philly is one of my favorite cities, and even if I’m going to miss this year due to the short notice, I still think it should have been scheduled somewhere else in 2016.

      • Matt Mullenweg 7:49 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Well prior to this we did the same city 9 years in a row.. so 2 at a time is definitely an improvement, and a good balance between moving it around and giving people some familiarity year to year.

        We’re inspired by EU, but not trying to do the exact same thing. The target for this event is 2k+ atendees this year (about double EU), and the venue can accommodate up to around 10k which is plenty of room to grow for next year too.

        There are 134 days until WCUS! Hope you can make it next year if this year is too tight. We’re in the sweet spot for booking travel and everything right now.

        • Aditya Kane 1:10 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          From India here. So booking or planning in 2015 will be really tight in the holiday season – I am guessing plane tickets are crazy expensive! Hopefully will be able to make it to something like this in Philly next year – It is a truly historic city so a lot of perks to visiting it other than WordPress awesomeness.

          • Matt Mullenweg 6:05 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            3-4 months is usually the sweet spot for getting the least expensive tickets, and the travel peaks will be around Thanksgiving and Christmas, in between those two people usually travel less.

            • Aditya Kane 6:50 pm on July 26, 2015 Permalink

              Yes. Your points makes sense that the travel would be a lot less for within the US. During December the return ticket from the US to India is actually quite difficult with the heavy student rush of travelling back for the holidays.

              Also weather in India is at its best in December so a lot of tourists and Indian emigre from the US also plan their their trip to India around that particular time.

              That said, 3-4 months is pretty decent notice for book a ticket but not really for a trip abroad :-)

        • DJ Johnny Medley 8:06 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Full support and congratulations to Philly from the Chi (Chicago)! I’m interested in sponsorship packages and definitely want to be a remote volunteer! Three quick questions:

          1. Will the city of Philadelphia provide any municipal support for this event? Perhaps they can help with promotion or defray some costs? An event of this nature is a huge benefit for any city.

          2. Is Mayor Nutter aware of this historic event? Perhaps his office can issue an official proclamation and help with outreach OUTSIDE of the WordPress community, in an effort to EXPAND the base. This includes media outreach. Any city would love to host an event of this caliber and help to spread the WORD… Free and earned media opportunities should be easy.

          3. Thinking long-term, is there a preferred month for this annual event? Long-range planning can be easier if the date doesn’t fluctuate, but we all know the community will step up and do practically anything to produce an awesome WordPress event. As a result, this is probably a moot point. Some folks do, however, look forward to fixed, annual events (e.g. the first Saturday in July, etc.). This can be helpful for budgeting purposes.

          On a tangent, I see Philly native, DJ Jazzy Jeff is using WordPress (http://www.djjazzyjeff.com/). Maybe he’ll drop by. WP for life!!! Only 133 days to go!!!

          • Jodie Riccelli 9:39 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            Hi DJ Johnny Medley-

            I thought I would jump in and try to answer some of this being that I’m in Philadelphia and work with the team that organizes WordCamp Philly. First of all, thank you so much for the kind words about Philly. We do have great cheesesteaks but feel free to bring some of your pizza :)

            1. We have been in communication with city officials about the event. They have been incredibly supportive and helpful in helping us find appropriate venues etc. At this point I’m not sure of the extent of their involvement but I can tell you they are thrilled that Philadelphia is hosting. We plan to get them as involved as possible.

            2. We are going to reach out to Mayor Nutter’s office. We have worked with him in other city initiatives and he has always been responsive. With any luck he will rap for us too!

            3. I’m anxious to see how December will pan out. It is actually one of my favorite months in Philadelphia. I’m sure Matt and the WordCamp team will make the best decision possible in terms of dates.

            P.S. If we could get DJ Jazzy Jeff to DJ for Mayor Nutter, it would be monumental. I’m already researching :)

            -Jodie

            • DJ Johnny Medley 10:58 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink

              Awesome news, Jodie!

              I’m a semi-retired PR guy from Chicago (Cook County government) who drinks WordPress Kool Aid by the gallon! 😉

              Please count me in as a remote volunteer in ANY capacity that you see fit. I just want to support the cause and help to make sure that this event exceeds ALL expectations.

              If you need any press releases, proclamations, or media advisories drafted for your approval, please let me know. Cheers, Jodie!

    • Ari Winokur 8:35 pm on July 23, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Totally excited and ecstatic for Philly! I absolutely can’t wait for this! It’s a city near and dear to me, and an event near and dear to me! What could be better!

    • weslinda 3:15 pm on July 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Very excited about this! Didn’t get out to San Francisco which is a bummer but will totally be in Philly! Cannot wait! Great city, great food! Going to be a great event.

    • Sakin Shrestha 9:27 am on July 27, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congrats to Philly! Nice cold weather… Will try to attain. Thanks :)

    • David Bisset 1:50 am on July 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      @matt Is there going to be something like the Community Summit at WCUSA that happened last year? If not, thoughts on generally when/where is the next one?

  • Jen 4:00 am on July 23, 2015 Permalink |  

    Thursday #daily-updates

     
  • Rich Robinkoff 5:46 pm on July 22, 2015 Permalink |
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    Categories: Community Management ( 49 )

    Originally posted in #outreach but I realized it was more appropriate to ask here.
    So two things that @kcristiano and I discussed today that we wanted to throw out to the team.

    1 – When vetting organizers, how far should we dive as far as looking for GPL issues with plugins and themes? Do we scour some of the theme shops or go by what is “apparent” on their site.

    2 – Kevin mentioned that Andy has been adding staff notes in SP to notify us if a thread is at least a day old and directed to a specific staff member. I know we don’t always have time or easy access to check the queue, is one day a good cutoff for a staff note?
    Would it be too much to be on all threads? This is on top of the tags. The Using SupportPress part of the Handbook states to use the notify feature if someone is specifically addressed, but I had not been doing that. Is that notification overload for each thread?

     
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