Community Team Chat Recap: January 12, 2017

We held the monthly Community Team Chat today (January 12, 2017) at 19:00 UTC in #community-team on the Making WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at You can view the full Slack logs here (Slack account required to view).

2017 Goals

A reminder that we’d love to hear about your 2017 goals for the community. Please add your goals to the 2017 Goals post! (Slack logs):

Deputy Training

@chanthaboune gave an update on the Deputy training program (Slack logs):

@andreamiddleton wrote up the foundational modules for deputies which got some editing and testing at WCUS in December. But we have designs on about six more modules to create and test that are specific to the tasks that deputies do:

  1. Vetting
  2. Office hours
  3. Mentoring (which might get broken into some sub-modules to include budget review)
  4. Shipping swag
  5. Orientations
  6. SupportPress triage

If you’d like help test, please let @chanthaboune know!


@courtneypk reported on the status of WordCamps at the moment (Slack logs):

  • 3 WordCamps Scheduled for January: Pune, Waukesha, and Udaipur
  • 2 camps needs vetting
  • 1 camp needs an interview/orientation
  • 73 camps are in pre-planning


@francina gave an update on Meetups (Slack logs):

  • 374 total meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area. groups with 127,952 members and 1004 Organizers
  • 12 applications received
  • 12 new meetup groups
  • We have Meetup groups in 73 countries!
  • 34.2% groups in the US (128)
  • 65.8% groups are outside the US (246):
    • 6.4% Spain (24)
    • 5.9% Italy (22)
    • 5.1% Germany (19)
    • 5.1% United Kingdom (19)
    • 3.7% Canada (14)
    • 3.7% India (14)
  • We’re averaging about 443 events a month

It was brought up the issue that some of the smaller meetup groups struggle to stay around, and we should gather ideas for how to support these groups (Slack logs). @miss_jwo will be posting to this P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at to gather more thoughts and ideas for meetup group promotion and growth.


@andreamiddleton shared her Sponsorship and Finances report for November and December 2016 (Slack logs).

To note: In December we executed a one-time equity transfer between WordPress Foundation to WPCS (WordPress Community Support),the subsidiary corporation we use to run 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./community funds through. The transfer was for $900,000, which was partly 2015 WordCamp revenue and partly surplus funds from 4+ years of WordCamps, to be a kind of a “nest egg” for WPCS.  This explains why the December revenue is quite high (without the transfer it is more in the $200,000 range).


@brandondove gave a report on WordCamp mentors (Slack logs):

  • Active camps being mentored: 44
  • Active camps without a mentor: 29
  • Total mentors: 27
  • Active mentors: 19
  • Welcoming 1 mentor this cycle: @kenshino

We’re losing a few mentors in the very near future, and most of current mentors are at capacity. We’re hoping to pick up some new mentors as lead WordCamp organizers term out. Brandon will be contacting some folks soon.

There was additional discussion that deputies could benefit from more peer support and communication with other deputies (Slack logs). @andreamiddleton created a post to gather suggestions for ways to put deputies more closely in touch with each other. Please chime in!


@chanthaboune shared a roadmap for the Incubator program (Slack logs):

  • Incubators were originally on a 12 month cycle when suggested, but since one of the main goals was to kickstart the local communities, it seems like an 18-24 month cycle would be best.
  • We have write ups about the WordCamps themselves coming, but are wanting to wait until 2018 for the next class of them.

Remember that these monthly Community team chats are on The first Thursday of every month at 19:00 UTC in #community-team on Slack. Check out the “Slack Chats” section on the sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. of this P2 for other meeting & office hours times.

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