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This team oversees official events, mentorship programs, diversity initiatives, contributor outreach, and other ways of growing our community.

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We use this blog for status reports, project announcements, and the occasional policy debate. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to comment on posts and join the discussion.

You can learn about our current activities on the Team Projects page. There projects are suitable for everyone from newcomers to WordPress community elders.

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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 3, 2015 Permalink |  

    Friday #daily-updates

  • Cami Kaos 11:26 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: payments,   

    Categories: WordCamps ( 62 )

    Need a payment made for your WordCamp? Check out CampPayments! 

    There’s been some confusion over the past forever on the best way to submit a payment request for a WordCamp Vendor. That confusion is a thing of the past! Here’s a step by step how to on submitting your payment requests. If there are additional questions or you feel something could use a bit of clarification let me know so I can update!


    • Mario Peshev 8:56 am on July 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      That’s pretty awesome!

      Just shared it with a few organizers who are due in a few months.

    • vc27 11:08 am on July 3, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes, this is awesome! I think moving certain items like this into the theme has a huge potential. Some items would do well and some may not, but this can move it out of the budget spreadsheet.

      Way to go!

  • Ian Dunn 11:07 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: ,   

    Categories: Official Websites ( 12 )

    Results from the WordCamp.org Tools Follow-Up Survey 

    The results of the previous survey were unclear about the theme/template question, so I created a new survey to clarify that. The results from that follow-up survey are now in.

    The most popular choice was to let organizers build a new theme to meet the specific needs of WordCamps. We’ll also be able to add new page templates to the theme in the future, provided that they meet the criteria discussed earlier.

    Once the theme is done, it’ll be reviewed by the Meta team for any security issues, and by the Deputies for general appropriateness, and then made available to everyone on WordCamp.org.


    Building a Team

    The first step will be to put together a team of organizers who want to build the new theme. Obviously it should have designers and developers, but it could also benefit from UX and accessibility specialists, and of course lots of people to test it.

    If you’re interested in being on the team just leave a comment below, and if you know someone who may be interested, please send them a link to this post.

    We’ll need someone from the team to take the lead role, and make sure everything is organized and moving forward. Once we see who’s on the team and what everyone’s skills are, I’ll look for someone who’d be a good fit for that.



    The team will have the freedom to build whatever they think is best, but I think we should also agree on some guidelines to ensure the project reflects our community’s values and standards.

    • The team should be welcoming and open.
      • It should be a collaboration from across the community, rather than a small group from one city or company.
      • In practical terms, that means development should occur on an open platform like GitHub, and communication should take place on this p2 and in the #events channel on Slack.
    • The theme should serve the many, not the few.
      • The goal should be to make something that meets the needs of most organizers, rather than just the needs of the individuals on the team.
      • The focus should be more on making it a flexible starter theme for organizers to customize, rather than just something that looks beautiful when it’s first activated. It can (and should) have a great initial design, but the primary goal is to let organizers take it and easily create something that looks totally different.
      • The team should solicit feedback from lots of camps to make sure that their needs are addressed.
    • The project should not be a design-by-committee.
      • Input from organizers and contributors should be weighed heavily, but ultimately the team lead should be the one making the final decision on what choices will have the best outcomes for the entire community.
    • The theme should meet the relevant standards:
    • It should be a theme only.
      • It shouldn’t bundle custom post types, shortcodes or other functionality.
      • Having said that, the team should feel free to contribute as much as they’d like to the existing plugins, provided those contributions will also work with the other themes on WordCamp.org.
    • It should be thoroughly tested.
      • Because it will be customized by lots of organizing teams, we’ll need to maintain backwards compatibility, which will limit the kinds of changes that can be made in the future. That makes it very important to test well up front.
      • “Testing” in this case doesn’t just mean testing the theme’s internal correctness, but also testing how easy it will be for other organizers to create new designs on top of the theme.
      • It should be beta-tested with a handful of camps before launching to everyone. If fixing any problems are found during the beta period that would require breaking backwards compatibility, then we’ll be able to do that and manually update the beta sites.

    If anyone thinks there should be any changes to those guidelines, please leave a comment so we can all discuss it.


    Everyone is encouraged to participate in the discussion, but I’m pinging the people who took part in the previous discussions to make sure they don’t miss the post: @ryelle, @harbormark, @chanthaboune, @nvwd, @kovshenin, @rafaehlers, @davidjlaietta, @dimensionmedia, @iandstewart, @miss_jwo, @topher1kenobe, @jenmylo, @georgestephanis@valeriosza@jb510


  • Jen 4:15 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink |

    Team Chat Agenda 

    • Deputy agreements
    • Purpose of chats/timing
    • New deputy onramp plan/update
    • Budget proposal

    We may or amy not get through everything, depending on who attends. Add other agenda items in the comments.

  • Jen 4:09 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: abuse, escalation, harassment, inclusion   

    Categories: Community Management ( 43 )

    Escalation Team 

    Way back in October at the community summit and then during the team meetup days, we talked about how to deal with inappropriate behavior by people at WP events and contributors on WordPress.org. We talked about the need for an escalation team that could handle sensitive issues like harassment reports or complaints around “poisonous people”/ongoing bad behavior in the project, but we didn’t actually create it. In the past week or two we’ve had a few issues come up that fall into this category, so we’re firing up an escalation team.

    I assembled a group of people from various contributor teams who have been involved in discussions around this stuff and/or related issues like sexism, racism, or homophobia in the project community. We’ll all sign a deputies’ confidentiality agreement (once we finalize that agreement today after the team chat), so that people reporting things can rest assured that sensitive issues being reported won’t wind up on Twitter. :) The people on the first round escalation team will be: me, Sam Sidler, Helen Hou-Sandi, Tammie Lister, Aditya Kane, Morten Rand-Hendriksen, and Jenny Wong.

    We’ll set up a reporting form on a new make blog so that the form responses will only be seen by the escalation folks who’ve signed confidentiality agreements. We will publicize it once it’s in place, and add it to the code of conduct as a reporting tool.

  • Jen 4:00 am on July 2, 2015 Permalink |  

    Thursday #daily-updates

    • Kevin Cristiano 9:15 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Set up Budget Review for WordCamp Hampton Roads for Monday
    • Andrea Middleton 10:31 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • held an orientation with Providence that turned into a budget review and approval. I’ll be mentoring them. They want to change the name of their WordCamp from Providence to WordCamp Rhode Island because their meetup now serves all of RI (multiple location event series are happening now) and the venue they found is 20m outside of Providence. I discussed this with @brandondove and @chanthaboune and we agreed that as long as the RI meetup is open to everyone in the state who wants to organize events, then changing the name of the WordCamp to match the name of the meetup is appropriate.
      • interviewed the applicants for WordCamp Jacksonville. Asked the Jacksonville meetup organizers to discuss whether they were ok with the 5 good-faith rules for meetups before we moved forward with the application.
  • Jen 7:50 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink |
    Tags: , agreements   

    Categories: Community Management ( 43 )

    Deputy Agreements 

    We have WC organizers sign agreements outlining some shared assumptions and rules. As we have started more deputies, we discussed having deputies sign a similar agreement but tailored to the role (most importantly, confidentiality). I wrote up a draft agreement here:


    We would have deputies digitally sign these the same way we do WC organizer agreements to ensure that everyone is on the same page. Take a look and let me know if you see anything you thing ought to be changed, or anything you think should be included. We can discuss further in the team chat tomorrow, but comments here would be helpful in advance. Thanks!

    • Alexander Gounder 8:18 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      They WordCamp Agreement has things like plugins and themes be distributed under GPL.

      • Jen 8:20 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        So does this one, in the higher level language of “Respect the WordPress license and refrain from activities in conflict with the license terms, or promotion of other people/businesses in conflict with the license terms.” GPL is the WordPress license, and respecting/refraining means not distributing derivative works that go against the license.

    • Andrea Middleton 9:32 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think this is really good.

    • Birgit Pauli-Haack 9:58 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looks alright:-) Covers all aspects, I think…

    • savione 7:31 am on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Looks good.

    • Caspar 8:12 am on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ve left some notes in the doc regarding wording:

      • “for the good of the WordPress community” – maybe include some point of reference (link to WordCamp guidelines?) for what that is?
      • “Respect the WordPress license” imo should be changed in something like “Respect the license under which WordPress is published (GPL2 or later)”, preferably with a link to https://wordpress.org/about/license/, because a “WordPress license” does not exist. Hairsplitting, maybe, but still … 😉
    • Kevin Cristiano 11:18 am on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The agreement looks fine to me. I do like the link to the license page and reference to GPL v2 or later that @glueckpress suggested.

    • Cami Kaos 4:21 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I like it!

  • Cami Kaos 5:48 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink |

    Categories: WordCamps ( 61 )

    WordCamp US Update! 

    Applications for WordCamp US 2015 have officially closed! We received submissions from Chattanooga, Chicago, Detroit, Orlando, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. All applications are being reviewed and carefully considered and we’ll be responding to organizers as soon as possible. I’ll keep you all updated as more details are available.

    • hiddenpearls 7:20 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      When are the expected dates of WordCamp US ?

      • Jon Brown 8:18 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I assume a location needs to be determined before a venue can be set and a venue needs to be set before a date can be set… but it would be nice at this point to get a one or two month window and confirmation this is actually still aiming to come together before the end of the year.

      • Cami Kaos 8:36 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        We won’t have the expected dates until one of the applicants has been selected, but we’ll announce dates as soon as we’ve locked them in.

      • Birgit Pauli-Haack 10:00 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Now I know, why Orlando hasn’t announced yet:-)

    • GeekStreetWP 9:46 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Vegas would of been great!

    • Matt Mullenweg 3:35 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I wanted to note that even though the cities that applied are public, there are a number of factors that have nothing to do with how “cool” a city is that will make WC US a great event. It has nothing to do with sports teams, or local cuisine, or one city winning over another.

      I say this because on posts like this people are treating it more like a popularity contest, and I don’t want the 5 cities not chosen to feel bad — they’re candidates for being the host in future years, and I expect volunteers from across the country (including cities not chosen) will be key to assisting the local team in making WCUS a success. :)

      • Jen 3:54 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If we had comment likes on this blog, I would “like” this comment.
        /me goes to see what’s up with comment likes through Jetpack. :)

        • George Stephanis 5:31 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          It’s because of content portability, I believe. Plus that’d be a lot of iframes on a page for a popular post.

          • sarahpressler 9:31 pm on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            I’d totes upvote Jen’s comment about Matt’s comment and Matt’s comment as well. If we could upvote things.

            But…I might have to downvote George’s b/c he’s cluttered the issue with facts but that is George and I do love George so maybe I’d upvote George’s as well. <3

  • Jen 4:00 am on July 1, 2015 Permalink |  

    Wednesday #daily-updates

    • Brandon Dove 4:59 am on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Approved Budget for WC Dallas/Fort Worth
      • Sent swag and lanyards to WC Asheville
      • Discussed Organizer obligations for Community Sponsors with WC Asheville
    • Brandon Dove 5:09 am on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Forgot to add:

      • Swept the WordCamp spreadsheet for past camps, incorrect data, and other things needing updates.
    • Kevin Cristiano 5:47 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sponsorship Review
      — Cleaned up Sponsorship tracking spreadsheet
      — Updated Camps that have all Global Community Sponsors (GCS) listed correctly
      — TODO: Follow up on tickets in SP for Asheville, Vancouver, Pune, Baltimore and Los Angeles re: GCS order

      –Saratoga Springs — Rec’d Org Agreement back signed. Site Create and set to pending. Added lead to site

    • karenalma 6:04 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      late update:

      • interviewed with WC Lima last week
      • sent contract, waiting for signed copy
    • Mayo Moriyama 1:24 am on July 2, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • I got almost a week blank with family reason and back from today.
  • Jen 4:00 am on June 30, 2015 Permalink |  

    Tuesday #daily-updates

    • Aditya Kane 12:25 pm on June 30, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Reviewed WordCamp Application from Hawaii. Asked co-organisers to start a meetup
      • Reached out to Dhaka, Applicaiton from 6 months ago. Asked for more details on local community, interest in WordCamp and also latest local meetup URL.
    • Josepha 2:23 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Organizer orientation with four Meetup organizers (Takis in Athens, Greece; Richard in Bournemouth, UK; Adnan in Pakistan; Ibon in Bilbao, Spain).

        • Everyone showed up early and raring to go.
        • Bilbao transfer is initiated.
        • Athens, Bournemouth, and Pakistan began the process of adding new groups.
      • Scheduled time for the Shanghai and Raleigh Meetup chats.
      • Verified that WordCamp status doc is up to date.
    • Kevin Cristiano 5:51 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • WordCamp Croatia Assisted in getting Payment Info to them for Sponsors
      • Sposnors Review open tickets in SP re: Global Community Sponsors
    • Andrea Middleton 6:16 pm on July 1, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

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