Recently @ryelle and I have been hard at work building the Speaker Feedback Tool, and now it’s ready for its first use on a live WordCamp 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. site! WordCamp Spain is an online event happening May 6-9, 2020 (get your free ticket), and attendees will be able to use the new tool to provide feedback to the speakers for each of the sessions they attend.
Here’s how it will work:
- Once a session has completed and for two weeks afterward, attendees can go to the Leave Feedback page and select one of the event’s sessions from the dropdown. This will take them to a form where they can give the session a rating and provide answers to the following questions (translated into Spanish in this case):
- What was great in this session?
- What could have improved this session?
- Do you have any additional feedback?
- During the two week period after the event, attendees can also find the feedback form for a particular session by locating the session on the schedule, clicking the session title to go to the page with the session’s full info, and then finding the link at the bottom to leave feedback.
- Once feedback is submitted, it goes into a queue, similar to comments on standard WordPress posts. The event organizers will review the feedback and approve it if it’s relevant and constructive. Once approved, the feedback will be available for speakers to view. But it is never visible to the public.
- The speakers will get notified that they have new feedback and can view it by logging into the WordCamp site using their WordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/ user accounts.
- Everybody wins! Speakers learn what worked and what didn’t in their sessions, organizers get more data on how well the event went, and attendees get to support the community by providing that insight and data.
Further documentation about the Speaker Feedback Tool is in the WordCamp Organizer Handbook.
After this first run, we will be looking out for feedback about this tool, and once we’ve made necessary adjustments and iterations, the tool will be activated for all new WordCamp sites.