Recap of Contributor Working Group on Jan. 6, 2021

In attendance: @amethystanswers, @annezazu, @tacoverdo, @paaljoachim, @daisyo, @angelasjin, @webcommsat


Meeting beginning in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at


We took some time to discuss each of our three sub group:

  • what information we already had gathered
  • what information we wanted to gather
  • what plans we had for next steps

Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. Handbook

Existing resources include:

  • current handbook
  • info about Zoom accounts
  • new handbook in GH

Additional resources added (from WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event.):

  • CD Glossary
  • Orientation tool
  • Volunteer Roles

Other resources and ideas to investigate:

  • other OSS projects, like Drupal
  • create a welcome page for attendees with a primer on what a Contributor Day is (W5H)
  • best practice for setting up local environment for Devs: VVV, Local by Flywheel, Docker?

Contributor Event Best Practices

Ideas to pursue:

  • talk with some experienced Contributor Day organizers
  • connect with Marketing Team
  • see if there are any attendee surveys that reference Contributor Day

Contributor Onboarding Experience

Note: @tacoverdo is considering tackling this from 2 perspectives: Contributor Events and Continuous Online (aka organic)

Existing resources listed so far are for CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.. We should also be sure to include the links to onboarding for the other Teams

Other resources and ideas to investigate:

  • create an intro area with info like:
    • how to get started
    • a place or way to ask general questions
  • examine how core onboarding is done, what they’ve learned, and see how that can be used as a guideline for other teams
  • have some testers go through an onboarding experience and provide feedback
  • implement welcome bots in Slack
  • utilize resources from Learn WordPress

Next Steps

Continue to think of any other ideas and document them on TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the team uses for example:

Get all of our ideas documented onto the Trello board.

Organize and assign tasks and let’s start working!

Next meeting is Wednesday January 20, 2021 at 20:00 UTC.