WordCamp Guidelines: August 19 Update Since you…

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Since you last heard from us, the members of this committee ran into life, that is to say: WordCamps, jobs, local WordPress community obligations. Life has been fun, busy, and full of a lot of WordPress. As it should be 🙂

Consequently, we haven’t gotten through all the steps that we laid out for ourselves when we last posted an update for you guys here and here and here.

We’re sorry, especially since we know you all want to know the results of our findings. So, we met last week to figure out where we are at and what we need to do going forward.

This is what we’ve come up with:

some guidelines are frustrating for some organizers, other guidelines are frustrating to other organizers. We all have our guidelines that provide varying levels of pain. The main thing we want as WordCamp organizers is to know why things are the way they are. Arbitrary rules bother us.

To be clear, we discovered during our conversations and through the results of the survey we sent out that the biggest pain point is *not knowing the reason for a given guideline*. Speaking for myself, as a 3 time WordCamp organizer (and since we are all reasonable people) if we knew the reason behind a given guideline, then we may still be frustrated, but we could all work with that.

Consequently, our recommendation is for more transparency, specifically:

  • document the guidelines well, indicating the underlying reasons for why a particular guideline exists
  • have quarterly Ask me Anything Google hangouts with someone at Central, essentially, a time for anyone to stop on by and ask questions about anything that is causing any issues

Thanks for listening and sorry for our long absence!