WordCamp Applications — Let's clear that backlog!

Hey folks! We have a backlog of about 15 WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. applications that needs clearing. @chanthaboune‘s idea, which I love, was to pair up trained deputies with those who are still training/expressed interest in learning a specific part of the process and then giving out groups of applications by timezone to tackle.

If you are experienced at interviewing/orienting WordCamp applicants, please let us know if you’d have time to lead a group orientation at any of the below times/dates (or suggest a time/date). @adityakane @brandondove @kcristiano @karenalma — if you’re open, we’d love your help!

If you are a deputy interested in observing a WordCamp interview/orientation for training purposes, could you please *also* let us know if you’re available to observe a group orientation at any of these times/dates (or suggest a time/date)?

Suggested times/dates (most of the applications are from Europe):

Friday, November 20 at 16:00 UTC — Andrea leading
Monday, November 23 at 15:00 UTC
Tuesday, November 24 at 17:00 UTC
Wednesday, November 25 at 23:00 UTC
Thursday, November 26 at 18:00 UTC (This is a holiday in the US.) — Edit: @_dorsvenabili will lead a Spanish-language orientation with Andrea observing, if the Spanish-language applicants can attend.)
Friday, November 27 at 16:00 UTC (This day is also frequently observed as a US holiday.)

Once we’ve identified which of these times/dates are viable for an experienced deputy to run an orientation, we can then reply to each application with the available times and get them scheduled!

I know we have struggled with group interviews/orientations in the past. I think, considering the backlog, it’s worth trying again, but if you see something in an application that makes you think that a one-on-one conversation might be best, please leave that in a Note on the application in SupportPress.

Also relevant, ICYMI, we have an updated script for WordCamp orientations here: https://make.wordpress.org/community/handbook/community-deputy-handbook/wordcamp-program-basics/wordcamp-organizer-script/

We’re providing a script not because we expect people to read off a script during the orientation, but because we have found that providing scripts helps everyone understand the context around the information we’re asking you to convey. 🙂 If you would like to add to or change the script, or have questions about the script, please let me know in slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. or wherever. 🙂

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