Community Team Reps: Submit Your Votes

In December we opened up nominations for new Community Team Reps to replace myself and @francina. Due to the end of year rush, we’ve been a bit delayed with getting the voting poll out, but it’s now ready and open for voting!

You can find the poll below. Since two reps are elected each time, you can select up to two people to vote for.

What Are Team Reps?

In the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project, each team has one or two (or more!) representatives (“reps”). The role goes all the way back to 2012.

Initially, it was a six months tenure, but most reps end up doing this for at least a year. The current Community Team Reps have been serving in the role for three years now.

Folks who serve as team repTeam 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. are responsible for communicating on behalf of the group to the other contributor groups via weekly updates, as well as occasional chats and such. 

It is not called “team lead” for a reason. While the people elected as team reps will generally come from the pool of folks that people think of as experienced leaders, remember that the team rep role is designed to change hands regularly.

This role has a time commitment attached to it. Not a huge amount, but in my experience, it’s around one hour a week.

Here are the main tasks:

  • Writing the agenda for the biweekly chat
  • Running the community team chat (or finding another deputy to do so)
  • Writing the recap and posting it on the Updates P2
  • Keeping an eye on the moving parts of the team to be able to report for quarterly updates (example).

Over the year, the team might decide to add one or two people to help: some teams have up to five, six people, depending on how much work there is. For now, we’re going to be electing two team reps and, if the need arises later in the year, we can elect further people to serve in this role.

Where Can I Vote?

You can vote in the public poll here. You can vote for up to two people at the same time, but once you have submitted your vote you won’t be able to vote again.

This poll will remain open until the end of January 2020, after which team reps will be selected based on the votes received.

How to contribute to the Global Community Team

These are some of the different options for getting involved with the WordPress Global Community Team 🙂

1) The best way to start is by organizing Meetups and/or WordCamps in your city. If you feel like you can represent WordPress, follow the code of conduct for WordPress events, and follow the five good-faith rules for WordPress 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, then you can apply to join the program: 

  1. a) Check if there is a WordPress Meetup group in your city – if there is one, join it, attend the events, and step up by either helping the organizers or becoming an organizer yourself!
  2. b) Check if there is a WordCamp in your area – you can attend, apply to speak, volunteer, sponsor and/or help organize your local 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.!
  3. c) If there is not an existing WordPress Meetup group (or if there is an inactive group) in your town/city and you want to start one, you can apply here – you’ll receive a reply within a couple of weeks.

2) If you already have experience organizing a successful WordCamp and have an availability of 2-3 hours a month, you can apply to become a WordCamp mentor here: – you’ll receive a reply within a couple of weeks.

3) If you have had at least 1 year of experience as a Meetup organizer and/or have been a WordCamp lead organizer, you are familiar with the WordPress Open Source project and philosophy, you have at least 2-3 hours a week available for contributing, and you accept our Code of Conduct, you can apply to become a Community Deputy. We are a team of community-minded people around the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each.. You can apply to join the Global Community Team as a deputy here – you’ll receive a reply within a couple of weeks.

Note: if you have any additional questions, join us in the #community-events channel of Make WordPress Slack, we’ll be happy to help you there!

#contributors

Speaker Feedback Tool – Final Outline

Since the last request for feedback regarding the scope and requirements for the proposed speaker feedback tool, we received plenty of very useful comments and were able to refine the requirements for the project down even further. This post outlines everything from that document taking into account the feedback given and decisions made since the last post.

Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback on the previous document: @iandunn @sippis @ryelle @jillbinder @andreamiddleton @coreymckrill @andymci & @mrwweb.

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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!

Recap of the Diverse Speaker Training group (#wpdiversity) on Jan. 22, 2020

Summary: We followed up on where team members are at in their individual projects. We started creating a plan for putting together our stats for our 2019 Year End Report. I asked for help with a summary paragraph for the top of our workshop script.

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#community-team, #training, #wpdiversity

Needs feedback: Proposal for improving the Dashboard Events Widget

Hello! I’m Ana, active member of the Spanish WP Design team. I’m posting this proposal as part of the feedback of the attendees of the Meetups and WordCamps I’ve attendeed and organized in the last year. I’d love to hear your opinions about it! 🙂

Deadline:
Please share your thoughts before the following deadline: February 21th, thanks!

Context:
The Dashboard Event WidgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user. (DEW from now on) is a very useful tool that has highly increased the visibility of our local Meetups and WordCamps. Many people get to know these groups, and our community, thanks to this widget, which is great.

Problem:
In the area of Madrid (Spain), and around other big cities with dozens of official WP meetups, we usually have more than 5 meetups of different 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. groups every month, in a radius of 50 km. Most times, we can’t see our own next meetup event next week because a few days before the Meetup groups in the nearby cities have other meetings.

– Proposed solutions: Modify the DEW for:
a) Showing the next 5 events by default. Just that would be an enhancement, as it was requested here: https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/3592

b) Even better: Show the next 5 events by default, and let the user decide how many events want to see.

c) Even even better!: Divide the DEW into two widgets: the Events Widget and the News widget separately. This way, the news will have their own space for its public, and the Events widget would show the next 5 events by default and it’d allow the user to choose the city and the number of events they want to see 🙂

Here’s a quick mockup that I’ve done with the proposal c):

Proposal c) for improving the user experience and the visibility of more local events in the Dashboard Events Widget

Feedback!
Now it’s your turn! Please answer the following questions to help with this proposal:

  1. Have you experienced a similar problem as described in this post?
  2. Do you think this improvement is needed?
  3. Which one of the 3 proposals would be better: a), b) or c)? or do you have any other proposal?

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!

Meetup organizer newsletter suggestions for January 2020

It’s about that time again, when we start preparing the January 2019 edition of the 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 newsletter.

If there are any topics you’d recommend we include, or any interesting meetup event formats you think are worth highlighting, please comment/leave your ideas/suggestions in the comments on this post.

We’ll leave this post open for comments until the 20th of January 2020 and send out the newsletter on the 21st of January 2020.

The newsletter typically spotlights:

  • an interesting event format that organizers might want to try out
  • news about global community team projects
  • news about the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project

Thanks!

#newsletter-2

Community Team goals for 2020: suggestions wanted!

Here on the global community team, we like to kick off January by suggesting and discussing what we’d like to accomplish as a group over the next 12 months. (Here are the brainstorming posts for 2018, 2017 and 2016.) It’s January again, so let’s start talking about 2020 goals!

Please consider this an open thread for suggestions about what this team ought to focus on and/or try to accomplish in 2020. It’s ok to suggest ideas that have already been suggested in the past, or to propose things that maybe no one has ever mentioned!

Once the group has had time to make suggestions, we’ll recruit someone to summarize all the suggestions (example), and then discuss as a group, to set priorities. We’ll close comments on January 27, 2020.

What would do you think the global community team should or could work on, to help further our mission to connect WordPress enthusiasts, inspire people to do more with WordPress, and contribute to the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project, in 2020? #goals

Community Team Chat Agenda | Thursday, 16 January 2020

Hello Team!

Our first bi-monthly Community Team chat of the year is happening this Thursday, 15 August 2019. Meeting times are detailed below. We use the same agenda for both meetings in order to include all time zones.

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly: Thursday, January 16, 2020, 11:00 UTC

Americas friendly: Thursday, January 16, 2020, 20:00 UTC

Team RepTeam 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. Voting

Voting is live for our new Community Team Reps! More details and voting link here.

Deputy/Mentor check-in

What have you been doing and how is it going?

P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. posts needing review/feedback

Highlighted P2 posts

Don’t forget about Community Team Rep voting!

Please add any additional items to this agenda by commenting on this post as needed.