Help for Contributor Days

Hello community group!

I’ve been helping Jenny Wong to set up a UK-wide contributor dayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. on 1st March 2014. The idea came from WordCamp London’s contributor day. The plan is for local WordPress groups across the UK to get together in their own towns and contribute to WordPress.

One of the biggest challenges is that there aren’t enough experienced contributors from each of the contributor groups in the UK to have representatives at all of the meetupsMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook., to guide new contributors through the process.

We were thinking that in lieu of experienced contributors, it would be a massive help if there was a short “First steps” for each contributor group. There are handbooks for the various groups, but they’re comprehensive and can be hard to sift through. We don’t want new contributors to have to spend an hour reading documentation before being able to get started.

As well as being useful for the WP Contributor Day in the UK, they’d them be available on The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. for use by any Contributor Day.

I thought that the best place to start with this would be the community group to see if this is something that comes under your umbrella. Alternatively, I get on with simply reaching out to each of the contributor groups to get something together (I’m happy to do so).

In order to make it as lightweight for the individual groups as possible, I’d provide a short template for people to fill out, populated with questions such as:

  • Provide a list of the tasks carried out by the group:
  • What does the contributor need to know before getting involved?
  • What are the first steps?
  • Are there any tools or essential reading?
  • What are some easy tasks that a new contributor can do to get started?

Any thoughts or feedback that you’d have would be most welcome.