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Welcome to the official blog of the community/outreach team for the WordPress open source project!

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 September 1, 2015 Permalink |  

    Tuesday #daily-updates

  • Jen 4:00 am on August 31, 2015 Permalink |  

    Monday #daily-updates

    • Kevin Cristiano 3:53 pm on August 31, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Worked with WC Croatia on issue with WifI. Was venue sponsored, but that fell through. They have enough money raised via local sponsors to cover, so added to their budget and made note.
      • Attempted to create WC SanDiego PollDaddy. Issues occured and have pinged @andreamiddleton
      • WC US Sponsor vetting
      • SP Queue management
      • Sponsor questions from Vegas, and general sponser cleanup
    • Andrea Middleton 11:09 pm on August 31, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I was on vacation last week! Catching up today, I did this stuff:

      • reviewed a Polldaddy issue in which San Diego had no access to their account; confirmed they had been invited to join the WordCamp “corporate” account and just needed to recover the password connected to the WordPress.com sandiego@wordcamp.org account to access the Polldaddy account. :)
      • replied to Flynn of WordCamp Vancouver to schedule a debrief meeting
      • scheduled a WordCamp Jacksonville check-in
      • the contract that Berlin sent to support@wordcamp.org was eaten by SupportPress; asked for a copy to go to my personal wordcamp.org email address so I could get that signed
      • the Birmingham WordPress meetup group had a question about referencing/promoting non-meetup organized developer trainings to the meetup group; I told Andrew that our current practice is to mention non-affiliated events of interest in posts on the discussion boards and verbally at meetups, but not to include them as scheduled events on the actual meetup.com page
      • connected Thomas in Cologne with Petya regarding EU camera kits
  • Jen 4:00 am on August 30, 2015 Permalink |  

    Sunday #daily-updates

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

    Saturday #daily-updates

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

    Friday #daily-updates

    • Rich Robinkoff 1:13 pm on August 28, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Vetted Toledo Meetup application for chapter, no issues
    • Kevin Cristiano 1:01 am on August 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • Budget Review with Berlin (earlier in the week) Approved. Will send Venue Contract in when ready. Contract will be in German, Thomas is mentoring Camp and has offered translation
      • Setup Organizer Interview for New Orleans
      • General and continuing Sponsorship review and updates
  • Jen 4:00 am on August 27, 2015 Permalink |  

    Thursday #daily-updates

  • Josh Leuze 10:26 pm on August 26, 2015 Permalink |
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    Update on building a new WordCamp theme 

    This is a follow up to the @iandunn post on the WordCamp.org tools survey results.

    I setup a Github repo for the new WordCamp theme with a fork of Underscores to get things started.

    To start with I have been collecting feedback and ideas for a new WordCamp theme so that our design lead, @robertnienhuis, has something to work with. I haven’t gotten too much feedback online yet, but have gotten some good ideas from several other organizers offline. If you would like to share some feedback as well please post a comment below!

    Theme Features

    Here is the feedback that I have collected so far, as well as my own ideas:

    • Great Design: I would like to keep the theme light and minimalist, easy to build on, but also have it look good enough out of the box for a WordCamp without a strong designer to be able to use as-is.
    • Mobile First: I’d really like to include a strong mobile version that makes WordCamp sites easy to use at the event when you are on the go.
    • Widgetized: It’s always tough to get markup where you want it, I’d love a lot of widgetized areas so I can get the content I need in the right spot to match any design. I spoke with some other organizers who would also like more widgetized areas, sitewide and page specific. Particularly for the featured content sections typically found on a WordCamp site.
    • Widgets: Building actual widgets into the theme might be a step too far, but there was some interest in having a few featured widget styles built in, so that if you used the right markup in a text widget you could get a good looking featured section right out of the box that organizers can expand on from there.
    • Page Templates: Most of the people I talked to were interested in having more page templates to choose from. Like a homepage template with a page content area and multiple widget areas for featured content and also a similar homepage template with a smaller blog area setup as recent posts with excerpts. We’ll need a single column page template of course, but I’d also like to try to include a more minimalist template with little or no header or footer as well that people can use for whatever they want as a blank canvas.
    • 404 Template: I’d like to include a pretty minimalist template for this too that includes a widget area just for the 404 page, so that people can create a nice custom 404 page if they want to.

    Website Examples

    I also have a few examples of WordCamp sites that I like, please share your favorites in the comments!

    • WordCamp Minneapolis: Westwerk did an awesome job designing this site and if we can do half as good I’d be thrilled!
    • WordCamp Montreal: They had a sharp looking site this year, I really like the call to action block on the homepage below the header with the tickets/schedule spot, and the subscribe/ social media spot.
    • WordCamp Denver: A nice clean site, great for mobile, with a sweet camping vibe.

    I’m pinging people that volunteered to help out in the previous post: @cheffheid, @valeriosza, @dnelle, @danielgcarvalho, @brettshumaker, @davidjlaietta

    • Jon Brown 3:25 am on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      This is awesome Josh!

      Mobile first, yes! Widgets, yes… sort of… Page Templates, yes!

      After years of working with Genesis I’ve grown pretty averse to creating page specific widget areas, far preferring custom meta boxes that are page template specific. That might not be workable though when one can’t write a shortcode or modify a template file.

      Page templates. It would be great to have a front page template that included an area for “announcements”. Often we do this with a sticky post but that’s not ideal, it’s be nice to feature a page in the “announcements” area. For example call for sponsors, or tickets on sale, or lodging details, or parking details, or… you get the idea. That also leads to wanting to use pages, not posts, and wanting pages to have excerpts in many cases. I’d say that, that a widget area on the front-page and a feature page widget that could be put in it would be awesome.

      If it’s mobile first can it also be built with Flexbox instead of floats? That would make reversing directions on widgets stacking a lot easier via CSS.

      • Josh Leuze 11:44 pm on August 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks for the feedback Jon! Yeah, widgets aren’t always ideal, but I’ll try to make them as painless to use as I can since we’ve got limited options here.

        We’ve had problems with using sticky posts like that too on the WC MPLS sites. having a widget area for that would be great so that it can easily be swapped out as priorities change from getting sponsors, to selling tickets, to helping people find the location.

        I haven’t used Flexbox yet, is it ready for prime time? Are we using it for any 9seeds projects?

    • David Laietta 2:31 pm on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I agree on the above points, and think that the focus should be on mobile-first for the new sites going forward.

      I think that the widget areas can be alright but agree with @jb510 that they don’t necessarily have to be on specific pages, since Jetpack is an assumption that we can make for the sites, and the widget visibility works well there.

      I would suggest WordCamp Orlando as one to look at: https://orlando.wordcamp.org/2015/ The team did a great job in my totally biased opinion this year.

      • Josh Leuze 11:54 pm on August 29, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Thanks David, that’s a great point about Jetpack, I forgot that there was an option in there for widget visibility. We should definitely make as many of the widget areas as possible site-wide and allow people to utilize that to narrow it down if they need to.

        Wow, the WC Orlando site does look great this year!

  • Jen 4:00 am on August 26, 2015 Permalink |  

    Wednesday #daily-updates

    • Josepha 10:28 pm on August 26, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Mostly my day was all around finances with a touch of SupportPress responses.

      • Logged all incoming sponsor checks and Paypal transactions for WordCamps
      • Discussed the upcoming Contributor Day happening in Milan (and what sort of support they will need)
      • Did the pre-WordCamp pep talk for Rio de Janeiro
    • Mario Peshev 7:29 am on August 27, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I had a call with one of the NYC organizers discussing the Contributor Day planning process, setup, applications and all aspects of organizing a Contributor Day.

  • Jen 4:01 am on August 25, 2015 Permalink |  

    Tuesday #daily-updates

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

    Monday #daily-updates

    • Kevin Cristiano 12:56 pm on August 24, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Catch up Post:

      • Completed setup of WordCamp Sites, Budget and Invoice templates and Polldaddy set (with assistance from @rkoffy) for Lancaster, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and San Diego
      • Updated WordCamp email forwarders for Lancaster, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and San Diego. Suggest that we start getting this information at Organizer Orientation or Organizer contract signing. This ensures that all emails from the start go to the new forward
      • Approved WordCamp Berlin 2015’s Budget. Heiko will get the Venue contract in to Central for Signature and Approval. Community Sponsor Grant will be 1,500 Euros
      • Sponsorship: Continued Review of all Camps. Reviewed through 9/30 in contact with Organizers for any issues. Issues are generally the placement of Global Sponsors. Note : we need a Handbook page on this
      • Training with @rkoffy Reviewed status of all tasks and we are looking for a WordCamp application for him to take lead on Interview
      • Comment on Invoice Templates for WordCamps – If we (Deputies) create and share these will will end up with a lot of documents in the shared folder. My thought is a separate folder for Invoice templates rather than have them all in a single folder mixed-in with the budgets. Thoughts?
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