Proposed changes to the Welcome box and sidebar

Welcome Box

The welcome box has some copy that maybe we could review:

We use this blog for status reports, project announcements, and the occasional policy debate.

In the past few months we used it for all of the above, but in reverse order:

  1. Policy debates, ideas, proposals, etc…
  2. Project announcements: are we talking the WP project or our own team projects?
  3. The occasional status reports 😉

In addition to discussions on this blog, we have Office Hours four times a week in the #community-events channel on Slack for real-time communication. Office hours for the next week are scheduled for Tuesday, 25 July 2017, 00:00 CESTTuesday, 25 July 2017, 11:00 CESTThursday, 20 July 2017, 00:00 CEST, and Thursday, 20 July 2017, 11:00 CEST in the #community-events channel on Slack.

Make it shorter, do you think it’s enough to state days and times, as we do in 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.?

Missing: a note about bi-monthly chats

This is a great way for people that are interested in joining the team to see how we operate. If we advertise it in the Welcome box it could help having more people join, observe and hopefully volunteer to be part of the team 🎉.


A few days ago @andreamiddleton made a few changes to the sidebar that makes it easier to navigate around the website (thanks!).

I propose to make a couple of additional changes:

  • Remove the Recent Activities widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user.: we have the Recent Posts, I feel it’s easier to follow what is going on by checking that and subscribing to comments of a topic.
  • Remove the Global Community Team Volunteers, create a page for it and add it to the Welcome Box and to the sidebar but as a link in the same section where we have the links with the icons (Meetups, WordCamps, 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. Status, Upcoming Events). Link the names to their 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. profiles.

What do y’all think?

*** Edited to add a deadline: July 26