Meetup Organizer Newsletter: December 2022

Hello, organizers!

It’s been a big year of reactivation and improvements in our meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. world. This month we take a look at a few of those: an accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( battle won, a new way to highlight your speakers, and useful updates to the handbook. Updates & Tips Accessibility Overlay Update

In November, WordPress meetup organizers expressed their disappointment in’s new accessibility overlay, and brought this to the attention of the Community Team. Since then, we met with Meetup’s Director of Engineering, their Head of Customer Success, and their GM of Meetup Pro, who understood the WP community, removed the overlay, and planned the next steps. Read here the latest updates.  

New from

We had a lot of new product releases in November, including:

  • Event Chat! Accessible via event pages, this new feature enables you and your members to talk in real-time—before, during, and after an event.
  • The new display of a group’s average event rating.
  • Messages tab in Meetup for Organizer app.

Find out all the updates and new features here

Meetup Tip of the Month for WordPress Local Leaders

You can now display event speakers in a more prominent way on your Meetup event pages. Try this new feature for your next event!

Updates to the Meetup Organizer Handbook

Alongside our meetup reactivation work, we’ve also been updating our meetup documentation to make it as smooth as possible to manage your meetup. 

You may have noticed the changes already, particularly if you held a State of the Word Watch Party, but there’s now a clear Table of Contents and Welcome pages, as well as easy-to-access information on how to get started, how to step down, and our current COVID-19 guidelines.

We’ll be continuing these updates in 2023, so if you have any suggestions on areas to improve or content you find confusing, please email us at and let us know!

The 2022 WordPress Survey is Open

Each year, members of the WordPress community (users, site builders, extenders, and contributors) provide valuable feedback through an annual survey. This survey helps those who build WordPress understand more about how the software is used, and by whom. It also helps leaders 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 learn more about our contributors’ experiences. 

The survey is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, or Spanish. Learn more about it and share your feedback.

A special thank you to our Global Sponsors: Jetpack, WooCommerce, Bluehost, Nexcess, Weglot, and!

If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesProgram Supporter Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. are here to help. Please email us at or join the #community-events SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel. Thanks for everything you do to grow and support the WordPress community—let’s keep sharing knowledge and inspiring each other with our contributions!

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