Recap of Contributor Working Group on May 19, 2021

In attendance: @amethystanswers, @tacoverdo, @chaion07, @manzwebdesigns, @gtarafdarr, @paaljoachim, @ashiquzzaman

Meeting start:



New Meeting Option

We are adding an APAC time-zone-friendly option to meeting days. All meeting days will continue to be the first and third Wednesdays of each month. If you are interested in this new option, please vote on the time options by Saturday May 29. The meeting time will be included in the agenda for our first June meeting.

Thanks to @chaion07 for offering to host these meetings!

Group Focus Change

We started this group with a focus on three target areas:

Due to a variety of circumstances, we have now decided to narrow our focus further and concentrate specifically on New Contributor Onboarding for the time being. There is general agreement that this is an area we can make the most impact right now.

Group Updates

From @tacoverdo: Yoast will be having a company Contributor Day at the end of June and some will be available to help our group. There are some new contributors in the group, who may be able to try some onboarding tasks and share their experience with us.

SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at Onboarding Process

We have started exploring the Slack onboarding experience for New Contributors.

Current Experience

When someone new joins the Making WordPress Slack, they are automatically added to 2 channels: announcements and coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress..


The announcements channel is the default channel, and shares general WordPress announcements and information for all contributors. There is a clear purpose for all users to be added to this channel automatically.

The core channel is for discussion related to Core Team contributions and meetings. There is not a clear purpose for adding all users to this channel automatically.

There is no welcome message, onboarding or guidance available to users specific to the Making WordPress workspace once they are set up.

Discussion and Next Steps

We started discussing opportunities to modify and improve this experience. Ideas are being collected in a Google Doc. We will continue this discussion in our next meeting and welcome all input. Once we have our ideas organized, a proposal will be submitted on P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at, and we will specifically request input from all Teams, as this affects everyone.

Next Meetings

Wednesday June 2, 2021 at TBD (Vote here) and 19:00UTC