Community Team Reps: Submit Your Votes

In December we opened up nominations for new Community Team Reps to replace myself and @francina. Due to the end of year rush, we’ve been a bit delayed with getting the voting poll out, but it’s now ready and open for voting!

You can find the poll below. Since two reps are elected each time, you can select up to two people to vote for.

What Are Team Reps?

In the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project, each team has one or two (or more!) representatives (“reps”). The role goes all the way back to 2012.

Initially, it was a six months tenure, but most reps end up doing this for at least a year. The current Community Team Reps have been serving in the role for three years now.

Folks who serve as team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. are responsible for communicating on behalf of the group to the other contributor groups via weekly updates, as well as occasional chats and such. 

It is not called “team lead” for a reason. While the people elected as team reps will generally come from the pool of folks that people think of as experienced leaders, remember that the team rep role is designed to change hands regularly.

This role has a time commitment attached to it. Not a huge amount, but in my experience, it’s around one hour a week.

Here are the main tasks:

  • Writing the agenda for the biweekly chat
  • Running the community team chat (or finding another deputy to do so)
  • Writing the recap and posting it on the Updates P2
  • Keeping an eye on the moving parts of the team to be able to report for quarterly updates (example).

Over the year, the team might decide to add one or two people to help: some teams have up to five, six people, depending on how much work there is. For now, we’re going to be electing two team reps and, if the need arises later in the year, we can elect further people to serve in this role.

Where Can I Vote?

You can vote in the public poll here. You can vote for up to two people at the same time, but once you have submitted your vote you won’t be able to vote again.

This poll will remain open until the end of January 2020, after which team reps will be selected based on the votes received.