Discussion of Guidelines and Requirements for New Deputies

The Community Deputy program is growing, which is wonderful! However, we don’t currently have clear guidelines and requirements in place for reviewing and deciding whether to approve new Deputy applications. For those who are new or unfamiliar with the Deputy program, the Handbook defines ‘deputy’ this way:

Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review 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. and MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area. applications, train organizers, work on the support queue, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each.. link

In the Deputy Handbook, we only have a brief “Helpful Prior Knowledge” paragraph that probably should be expanded:

While no one is required to know all the things, it is helpful to be a member of a locally organized WordPress community and to have been part of organizing a local WordCamp or Meetup. That way you know the rough outline of what should happen before you even get started! link

After discussing with @courtneypk in the #community-team channel on 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/., we agreed that it would be helpful to have a team-wide discussion about establishing new guidelines. Please leave a comment below with your questions and feedback.