Make WordPress Community

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.

If you love WordPress and want to help us do these things, join in!

Getting Involved

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.

You can use our contact form to volunteer for one of our projects.


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 August 2, 2015 Permalink |  

    Sunday #daily-updates

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

    Saturday #daily-updates

  • Cami Kaos 9:00 pm on July 31, 2015 Permalink |

    Categories: WordCamps ( 64 )

    Update to sponsorship remittance 

    We’re changing the way we accept checks as remittance for WordCamp sponsorship. Moving forward payment by check will be sent to a lockbox with our bank. This means better security and more efficient depositing of checks. In addition it means that multiple team members will be able to process and note sponsor income.

    Starting today checks should be sent to:

    WordPress Foundation
    MS 65
    PO Box 4000
    Portland, OR 97208-4000

    Please ensure that all sponsors mark the check with your WordCamp city.

    If you’ve already sent out invoices with the previous address there’s no need to reissue but please update your templates and use the PO Box 4000 for all future requests.

  • Jen 4:01 am on July 31, 2015 Permalink |  

    Friday #daily-updates

    • Andrea Middleton 11:18 pm on July 31, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • set up sites and listings for Mumbai 2016 and Paris 2016
      • logged, vetted, and responded to Birmingham application, asking them to start up the local meetup again before focusing on organizing WordCamp
      • advised Cantabria about AV and camera kits in Europe
      • added another member of the Rhode Island organizing team as a user on Central so she can add posts to the blog
      • scheduled an interview/orientation with Memphis for Tuesday
      • checked on a swag shipment to Lithuania
      • logged and responded to Kuala Lumpur application with a request for more information about the local meetup group
  • Jen 4:00 am on July 30, 2015 Permalink |  

    Thursday #daily-updates

    • karenalma 4:46 pm on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • had a mentor chat with WC Lima folks to go over where they’re at and next steps.
    • Andrea Middleton 10:40 pm on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • mentor check-in with Ann Arbor
      • check-in with Tampa
      • added all new deputies to the shared Deputy calendar
      • scheduled an interview/orientation with Sacramento for Monday
      • checked in on applications from Seoul, Missoula, and Gdynia
      • checked in on WordCamps in planning in Grand Rapids, Ottawa, Vancouver, and Sao Paulo
  • Josepha 3:33 pm on July 29, 2015 Permalink |
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    Categories: Training Workshops ( 5 )

    Deputy Training | Vetting Applications 

    Calling all deputies! Feeling like you’ve really gotten the hang of triage and tagging in SupportPress? Not yet ready for interviewing, but want to do more?

    Sounds like application vetting might be just right for you. We’re going to have two trainings next week for deputies who are ready to learn about vetting those Meetup and WordCamp applications. The first will be at 1400 UTC on Tuesday, Aug 4 and the second will be at 0200 UTC Wednesday, Aug 5. Both will use Google Hangouts unless we run into technical difficulties!

    Please RSVP in the comments below so we can tell if we should split one group into two!

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

    Wednesday #daily-updates

    • Kevin Cristiano 3:10 am on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • WC Lancaster Org Orientation with rkoffy. Camp in March 2016, starting early to lock Venue. Org Team approved and Org agreement sent out.
      • WC San Diego Org Orientation. Camp in Q1 2016, starting early to secure Venue. Org Team approved and Org agreement sent out.
    • Andrea Middleton 7:40 pm on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • interviewed/oriented Heiko Mamerow, Berlin WordCamp applicant; approved them for pre-planning
      • sent Heiko the organizer agreement for Berlin
      • finished the first draft of a mentoring checklist
      • reviewed Manchester’s budget and published their event to the schedule
  • 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
    • Andrea Middleton 7:40 pm on July 30, 2015 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      • helped Vegas figure out some ticketing confusion
      • published a Vegas-related post to WordCamp Central blog
  • 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

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