Proposal: Mandatory Safety Measures for In-person WordPress Events in 2022

Last year, the Community Team opened up a pathway to return to In-person WordPress meetups, WordCamps, and do_action charity hackathons. In addition to following local laws and safety guidelines, the Community team’s current guidelines recommend that only individuals who are fully vaccinated, recently tested negative, or recently recovered from COVID-19 could participate in in-person WordCamps. However, 2022 has brought in new challenges related to the pandemic such as new variants that are more contagious, in addition to a spike in infection rates in many regions. 

To address the safety concerns around in-person events, Community DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. have been discussing potential, additional safety measures for in-person WordPress events. These safety measures include:

  • Mandatory masks for all attendees (even in regions that do not have a mask mandate at this time). 
  • More prominent messaging in WordCampWordCamp 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. websites, emails, and social media posts about COVID-19 safety guidelines.
  • Mandatory temperature checks for all attendees at the event (if permitted by local authorities).
  • Accessible hand sanitizing stations in the venue.
  • Maintaining social distancing practices during the event (Larger meeting rooms and seating arrangements with good spacing can be a good way to implement this).
  • Having a plan for contact tracing measures in case of infections (can be done using WordCamp registration data, meetupsMeetup 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. are a bit tricker).

I propose that, for regions that do not pass guidelines on page one of the in-person safety checklist (but where vaccines and testing are available to everyone), these guidelines become mandatory for all in-person WordPress events, going forward.

In addition to these proposed guidelines, I also recommend that we remove our existing guideline of allowing recent-recovered community members from attending a WordPress event since new COVID variants like Omicron are known to cause reinfection.

Please note: These guidelines are in addition to any local laws for events.
For example, if a region requires mandatory vaccination proof for attending the event, organizers must be willing to verify the same, even though they are not a part of our guidelines. Alternatively, even if a region does not have a mask mandate, organizers must be willing to enforce the same for their event since our guidelines specify the same. 

To support organizers in these important safety measures, WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. is prepared to budget for additional safety measures such as free masks (providing masks as attendee swag for example), hand sanitizing stations, etc. The Community Team is also continuing to support online events, and encourage your community to explore multiple ways to connect online. 

Please share your thoughts

What questions or concerns do you have about the proposed guidelines? What more can WordPress Community Team do to support organizers in organizing safe in-person WordPress events? If you are planning an in-person WordPress event, what safety guidelines would you follow? Please respond in the comments with your thoughts by January 22, 2022. Based on your feedback, the team will finalize the guidelines and publish them in our handbook by early February 2022. 

This post was jointly written by: @angelasjin @harishanker @mauteri @mariaojob @mpc @samsuresh @sippis @sunsand187 @tacoverdo and @yoga1103 

#in-person #meetups #wordcamps #safety-guidelines

Meetup Organizer Newsletter: January 2022

Happy New Year! 

Welcome to the January 2022 edition of the monthly 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. Organizer newsletter. 

Last year brought many exciting updates and events to the WordPress community, from State of the WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/. watch parties to the first in-person WordCampWordCamp 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. since the pandemic—we have high hopes for 2022 as well. Read on to learn about the latest news and resources from the WordPress community, and share them with your local meetup groups!

Here’s what’s inside this issue:

  • Second release candidateRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. for WordPress 5.9
  • WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event. 2022: Call for Speakers
  • WordPress events
  • News from the WordPress community

🚀 WordPress 5.9 is on track to release on January 25, 2022

WordPress 5.9 is nearing its release on January 25, 2022, with the second release candidate now available for testing. 

The 5.9 Field Guide has also been published recently. You can find a compilation of all the developer notes regarding 5.9 in this guide. If you’d like more information about the performance improvements in WordPress 5.9, head over to this page

As always, your support is appreciated. Please help spread the word about WordPress 5.9 by hosting a release-focused meetup or organizing testing sprints.

Share WordPress 5.9 with your meetup group!

Spread your excitement for the latest WordPress release by organizing a WordPress meetup highlighting the release features! Read the talking points for WordPress 5.9 to learn more.

Looking for inspiration? Check out the following WordPress 5.9 events from our community!

Upcoming events:

Previous events:


📣 WordCamp Europe 2022 needs speakers

With an eye on the rapidly evolving situation with Omicron, WordCamp Europe (WCEU) 2022 is still set to take place in person at Porto, Portugal—with solid safety protocols in place. 

WCEU recently announced its call for speakers. Organizers are looking for talks on various topics related to WordPress, such as technology, design, marketing, content, 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility), and more. Have questions? Watch the Q&A session that took place recently to learn more about being a speaker at WCEU.

If you or someone you know is interested in being a speaker at WCEU 2022, apply now.


📷 Submit your images to the WordPress Photo Directory

The WordPress Photo Directory is a collection of high-quality, CC0-licensed images first introduced by Matt Mullenweg in State of the Word 2021. It’s also the only submission tool for Openverse powered by WordPress.

Although it hasn’t fully launched yet, you can now submit your images to the WordPress Photo Directory. You can also contribute in other ways, as there’s currently a call for volunteers.


🌍🎪 What’s happening with WordPress events

With the rise of Omicron, in-person WordCamps are cautiously scheduled for 2022. We strongly urge you to follow additional safety guidelines if you plan to attend a WordCamp or meetup. As a reminder, if you’re an organizer, learn about the legal protections available to you for in-person events. Don’t miss these helpful resources for organizers from our global sponsors!

Interested in widening your pool of Meetup and WordCamp speakers from underrepresented groups? Join the #diverse-speaker-support channel on the Make WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. workspace.

WordCamps on the horizon

📚 Join the Learn WordPress initiative

Help make Learn WordPress the official resource on WordPress! Join in on the fun and share your knowledge with others by organizing a social learning space based on any of the Learn WordPress workshops. Meetup organizers can also use lesson plans on Learn WordPress to organize WordPress meetupsMeetup 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..

Attend some upcoming WordPress Social Learning Meetups:

Check out the latest Learn WordPress course, “Simple Site Design with Full Site Editing.”


🗞 News from the WordPress Community

  • GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ version 12.3 is out. This release includes three brand new blocks, more customization controls, and a coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. blocks reference, among other exciting features.
  • WordPress 5.8.3 is now available. This security release features four fixes.
  • The Polyglots TeamPolyglots Team Polyglots Team is a group of multilingual translators who work on translating plugins, themes, documentation, and front-facing marketing copy. https://make.wordpress.org/polyglots/teams/. announced that WordPress 5.9 is also ready to be translated.
  • The Core Team began a discussion on the release dates this year and the possibility of having four major WordPress releases in 2022.
  • The December 2021 edition of the Polyglots Monthly Newsletter is out.
  • The latest edition of People of WordPress featuring Collins Agbonghama from Nigeria was published recently. 
  • The Design Team summarized some of the key changes behind the Openverse redesign.
  • The following teams announced their team representatives for 2022: Themes, Support, Polyglots, and Community.
  • Version 19.0 of WordPress for Android and iOS is available for testing.

Listen to the latest episode of the WP Briefing podcast, “A Carol of Thanks,” with Executive Director Josepha Haden.


That’s all, folks!

If you have any questions, Community Team deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. are here to help. Please email us at support@wordcamp.org or join the #community-events Slack 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!

See you online soon!

#meetup-organizer-newsletter
#newsletter

The following people contributed to this edition of the Meetup newsletter: @rmartinezduque @eidolonnight and @harishanker

#meetups

Proposal for WordCamp site’s SEO fixes

People searching online should be able to find a WordCampWordCamp 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., by searching for that WordCamp’s name at the very least. Unfortunately at the moment, Google isn’t even indexing some of our WordCamp sites. See this example, for WordCamp Torino. You won’t be able to find it in Google. Or this, for the already past WordCamp Glasgow. We need to fix this.

Why isn’t Google indexing these sites?

We are not blocking Google from accessing these sites. The problem we have is that Google treats each of these subdomains as a separate site. And since it’s a subdomain of a subdomain it doesn’t deem it very important. In technical terms, it’s a matter of crawl budget. Each site, because they’re each different subdomains and thus new sites, has to gather enough links for Google to deem it worthy of indexing. 

Honestly, the solution is very simple to explain (albeit probably a fair bit of work to implement): instead of making a new subdomain for every year of every WordCamp, we should switch to the extreme opposite of the model. We think https://2020.torino.wordcamp.org/ should become https://wordcamp.org/torino/2020/. In fact, it would be even better if we could make https://wordcamp.org/torino/ the homepage, all the time, of that WordCamp, with sub-pages having the year of the event in the permalink. Previous years homepages could then live on https://wordcamp.org/torino/2019/ etc.

The homepage of WordCamp.org should be what is now https://central.wordcamp.org/. The result of this would be that every WordCamp in the world benefits from every other succesful WordCamp, in terms of reach, links, etc. It could still be a multi-site, all these WordCamps could still have their own themes, style, etc.

This is as “simple” as flicking the switch and creating redirects for these sites, so the old version 301 redirects to the new. I’d prefer for those redirects to be handled serverside as this is going to be creating a fair amount of them. I’m fairly positive that within months of doing this we’d suddenly see all those new sites indexed.

Speaker pages

Right now, every camp has to create new speaker pages for all their speakers, even when a lot of these speakers speak on more than one WordCamp. How about we turn it around: we tie sessions on WordCamp sites to profile.wordpress.orgWordPress.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/ pages. 

More SEO

There’s more SEO to be done on these sites, much more, and I honestly would not want to do that without an SEO pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party. As you may know I am the original author of Yoast SEO and I’m thus very biased on what would be the best plugin for these sites. I think it’s best fit for this purpose and we’d love to invest the time needed into fixing all the other SEO things that need fixing, of course after discussion with the team. But that’s for later. First, let’s get these subdomains rolled into one main domain.

Announcement: Team Representatives for 2022

New year means new Team Representatives for the Community Team! We had an open call for nominations and vote least year, whose results I am eager to share.

Last year @kcristiano and myself acted as a reps for the team – it was a though year for all of us, but we are so grateful for all the contributions everyone made towards the team. Thank you!

But onto this year and the announcement…
drum roll 🥁🥁🥁

The Community Team Representatives for 2022 are Sam Suresh (@samsuresh) and Hari Shanker (@harishanker). Both are big hearted individuals and active community contributors. With Kevin, we are more than happy to pass the torch to them!

Sam Suresh

A technology instructor from Kuala Lumpur first discovered WordPress in 2010. Since then Sam has joined the WordPress project as a 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. and WordCampWordCamp 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. organizer. Currently Sam contributes to the WordPress Global Community TeamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps. as a deputyDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook.. Sam is the CEO of ModernLMS and co-founded MU DOT MY PLT.  Sam likes to challenge himself with new adventures and he completed his 5 KM open water swimming in 2018!

Hari Shanker

 A resident of Kochi, India. WordPress has been an integral part of Hari’s life since 2006, when he first discovered it as a college student. His passion for WordPress led him to a fledgling career around the software, and eventually ushered him into the community. After contributing to the Indian WordPress community as a Meetup and a WordCamp organizer for over four years, Hari joined the team of Sponsored Community DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. at Automattic in 2020 April, and has been contributing full-time to the Global WordPress Community Team, ever since. As a Community Team representative, Hari aims to collaborate with team members to work on impactful programs and projects while maintaining transparency and openness.


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, abbreviated as “reps”. Team reps are responsible for communicating on behalf of the group to the other contributor groups via weekly updates, as well as occasional chats. 

As a reminder, 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, the 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. role is designed to change hands regularly.

#team-reps-2, #team-reps

Proposal: Automatically send emails to WordCamp attendee requesting details about their accessibility accommodation or life-threatening allergy

When an attendee purchases a WordCampWordCamp 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. ticket and specifies they have either 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) accommodation or a life-threatening allergy, emails about each situation are sent to the WordCamp lead organizer, the WordCamp city address, and WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. support address. These emails alert the organizers to reach out to the attendee and inquire about the nature of their situation. The emails to WordCamp support are asking a Community DeputyDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. to follow-up with the organizers to ensure they are reaching out to the attendee.

This proposal replaces the manual step of emailing the attendee with an automated email.

New email messages

The new email messages would be sent at the same time as the other three automated emails described above. The email(s) to the attendee should be from the WordCamp’s city address and BCC the city address. Below is proposed text that might be used to ask the attendee for details.

Hi <first-name>, we're happy to see that you'll be joining us for WordCamp <city>!
You noted on your ticket form that you have accessibility accommodation that we should be aware of. Would you be able to provide additional detail and anything related that we should be informed about so that we can be sure you can fully participate?

Thanks!
WordCamp <city>

Hi <first-name>, we're happy to see that you'll be joining us for WordCamp <city>!
You noted on your ticket form that you have a life-threatening allergy that we should be aware of. Would you be able to provide additional detail and anything related that we should be informed about so that we can be sure that we're providing a safe environment?

Thanks!
WordCamp <city>

Create two new Email Templates

There are currently 7 email templates found in a WordCamp site under Tickets > Setup > E-mail Templates. The text above could be configured as new email templates so the WordCamp organizers can add details about the current state about their venue or catering.

Updating existing emails and handbooks

The current automated emails to the lead organizer, city address, and WordCamp Central support should be updated to indicate an automated email has been sent to the attendee.

These handbook pages should also be updated to indicate an automatic email is sent to the attendee.

  • https://make.wordpress.org/community/handbook/wordcamp-organizer/first-steps/inclusive-and-welcoming-events/#requests-for-special-accommodations
  • https://make.wordpress.org/community/handbook/wordcamp-organizer/planning-details/selling-tickets/life-threatening-allergies/

Questions

  1. Are you for or against automating these emails?
  2. Would you make changes to the email message body?
  3. Are you for or against adding these as email templates?

I’d like to get feedback on this by January 14, 2022.

#accessibility, #allergy, #attendees

Discussion: add a CRM as a new tool for WordCamp organizers

As a WordCampWordCamp 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. organizer, you’re confronted with a lot of data: personal names, corporate names, email addresses, facts, etc. Every year that pool of data increases with new data. Usually, it’s scattered all over Google Drive: in spreadsheets, text documents, but also on P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/.. Every year new organizer starts to look through all this old data, and when they find it they copy it to their own personal corner in either Google Drive or on P2. (Side note: we have to consider GDPR regulations as well)

At this moment the WCEU2022 teams are working on the content of the event, however, they don’t want to reinvent the wheel: besides new content and ideas, the content from previous years could be reused as well. And as parts of the original program for the Porto WordCamp of 2020 was cancelled, getting back in touch with the original speaker applicants or sponsors is one of the first things to do. In the last few months, I have had a number of organizers asking me for info from previous years, info that should be passed on from team to team. The same goes for side info on potential sponsors or sponsors that have been declined for particular reasons. All this could save time for every new organizing team starting up the next WordCamp. Maybe Jetpack CRM (or a different CRM) could be a helping hand here, even Jetpack Forms supports Jetpack CRM. Quite useful for those speaker and sponsor application forms!

With this post, I would like to investigate the interests but also the options and ideas of other organizers. Feel free to share your thoughts and suggestions.

#wordcamps

#crm

Announcement: Updated guidelines for In-Person WordCamps

Kudos to the following deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. for helping with this post: @_dorsvenabili, @angelasjin, @courtneypk, @kcristiano, @rmarks, @afshanadiya, @monchomad, @nao, @sippis, @kdrewien, @megabyterose 

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the proposal on how to return to in-person WordCamps. There were many excellent thoughts on that post, as well as new concerns and questions raised. The conclusion of that post, however, is that the WordPress community should be getting prepared to restart the in-person WordCampWordCamp 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. program.

Tl;dr: At this time, the Community team will start accepting applications for in-person WordCamps. For your application to be approved, you will need to follow the guidelines listed below.

Guidelines for In-Person WordCamps

The WordPress community team is not expecting or requiring local organizers to organize in-person WordCamps for only fully-vaccinated people — we’re simply removing the barrier to doing so under one these two sets of conditions:

If:

  1. local public health authorities say people can gather in person, AND
  2. your region passes the in-person safety checklist, THEN
  3. go ahead and hold in-person WordCamps, following local health guidelines!

OR… If:

  1. local public health authorities say people can gather in person, AND
  2. your region doesn’t pass the in-person safety checklist, BUT
  3. vaccines or COVID tests are available for anyone who wants one in your region, 

THEN, local community organizers can (if they want to) plan in-person WordCamps!

Who could attend the in-person WordCamp?

If an in-person WordCamp is happening, the Community team expects that attendees (including organizers, sponsors, and volunteers) participate only if they:

  • are fully vaccinated,
  • OR recently tested negative,
  • OR recently recovered (in the last 3 months)

Additional Guidelines for In-Person WordCamps

  1. Pre-pandemic 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. communities can organize a WordCamp without the requirement of organizing several events the previous months.
    Note: This new guideline would only apply to a local community’s first WordCamp post-pandemic.
    Note 2: Brand new communities would be asked to organize meetups instead of a WordCamp right away.
  1. WordCamps need to be prepared to raise 100% of the expenses for their WordCamp. 

Note: Global Sponsorship Program for 2021 does not currently include WordCamps. However, the conversation for Global Sponsorships for 2022 has begun, and funding for WordCamps will be considered. Having communities apply for a WordCamp (whether online or in person) will help add to those conversations. 

  1. Venues should be fully refundable in case of anycancellation.
    Note: if organizers can’t find any venue that offers fully refundable deposits, Community DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. will evaluate venues on a case by case basis to avoid as much financial risk as possible.
  1. Ticket costs should be low and refundable (maximum of 25 USD per person/day)
  1. In all cases, always follow local health guidelines!

Recommendations

  1. Experiment with format ideas (both at online and in-person events), and share with the community what you learn in the comments of this post!
  2. Avoid high expenses where possible: try to get together in a free or low cost (+ refundable) venue, encourage organizers not to provide food, and be financially responsible.
  3. Half-day WordCamps with snacks/refreshments and not a full lunch might also be a good offering and a cost-effective way to organize an in-person event.

Next Steps and Feedback

The Community Team will add the new guidance to all the appropriate places in the WordCamp organizer handbook, and write a summarized version of this decision for the next meetup organizer newsletter. If you have questions, concerns, or feedback… Please share them in a comment on this post!

Do you want to apply to organize an in-person WordCamp following the guidelines described above? You can do it by submitting this form now!

Community Team Meeting Agenda for 2022-01-06

Happy new year, friends! I would like to welcome you all to the first community team meeting of 2022 that is happening tomorrow!

As you know, the meeting is meant for all contributors on the team and everyone who is interested in taking part in some of the things our team does. Feel free to join us, even if you are not currently active in the team!

Asia-Pacific / EMEA friendly meeting: 2022/01/06 12:00 UTC
Americas friendly meeting: 2022/01/06 21:00 UTC

You will find a preliminary agenda for the meeting below. If you wish to add points to discuss, comment on this post or reach out to one of the team reps: @harishanker or @samsuresh. It does not need to be a blog post yet, the topic can be discussed during the meeting nevertheless. We use the same agenda for both meetings.

DeputyDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. / MentorMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues. / Contributor check-ins

What have you been doing and how is it going? What did you accomplish after the last meeting? Are there any blockers? Can other team members help you in some way?

Highlights

Revisiting Safe In-person WordPress Events
Last year, we opened up pathways to the return of In-person WordCamps, MeetupsMeetup 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., and do_actiondo_action do_action hackathons are community-organised events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Learn more on doaction.org. charity hackathons. However, in the light of the new COVID-19 variants along with the recent surge in COVID cases around the world, it is time to start a discussion on supporting the safety of In-person WordPress events. Let us discuss more on what additional guidelines can be done to support the safety of In-person WordPress events in 2022.
Note that Community DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. have already started discussions on ​the return to safe in-person events, and a discussion blog post is forthcoming in the Community P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/..

2022 Community Team Goals
We have already received several excellent suggestions for Community Team goals in 2022. This month, we will be organizing a few sessions in the #community-team channel where deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. and anyone interested are invited to chat about specific goals. We will be publishing a post announcing these sessions shortly. 

  • Would you like to help facilitate a Community Team goal discussion in your time zone? 
  • Is there any topic that you would like the team to work on, in 2022?

Proposals

Announcements, Invites, and Workshops

Open floor

Here is your chance to bring things into discussions that weren’t on the meeting agenda. You can also use this opportunity to share anything that you want with the team. If you have a topic in mind before the meeting, please add it to the comments of this post, we will update the agenda accordingly.

Hope to see you on Thursday, either on Asia-Pacific / EMEA or Americas friendly version of the meeting!

#meeting-agenda, #team-meeting

#team-chat

2022 Goals for the Community Team: Suggestions Invited

As 2021 is slowly coming to an end (can you believe it?) it is time to start thinking about the Community Team’s goals for 2022. While 2021 felt like a continuation of 2020, we did see some exciting changes on the horizon, especially as we paved way for the return of in-person WordPress meetups, WordCamps, and do_action charity hackathons. I feel that 2022 will be a pivotal year for our team as we begin to see a return to in-person events after nearly 18 months of online events. Hence, it seems prudent that the team starts thinking of its 2022 goals early on.

This post is intended as an open thread for suggestions for our 2022 team goals. Please share your ideas on what our team should try to accomplish in 2022. Ideas that were suggested in the past and new ideas are welcome. 

As you can see in brainstorming posts from 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017, and 2016, every year we collected and shortlisted a long list of goals for our team. However, the team often fell short of meeting these goals. As we are on the cusp of a challenging (and exciting!) year, it feels more prudent to have a small set of achievable goals that will help us find a direction for our team.

While all ideas are welcome, we request you to focus on high-level goals that are achievable, which will set the direction for our growth as we step into a new year.

We will leave this post open for comments until December 6, 2021 (Monday) December 13 (Monday) to give everyone time to make their suggestions. After that, we will be organizing brainstorming sessions to summarize the suggestions and filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. them into a short set of high-level goals for our team.

If you would like to be involved in the goal setting process, please comment on this post expressing your interest, OR reach out to @sippis or @harishanker in the Make WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..

What would you think the Global Community TeamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps. should focus on, in 2022? Let us know in the comments!

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The following fine folks contributed to this post: @angelasjin, @kcristiano, @_dorsvenabili, and @sippis

do_action Manila – A Recap

We first learned about do_actiondo_action do_action hackathons are community-organised events that are focussed on using WordPress to give deserving charitable organisations their own online presence. Learn more on doaction.org. back in 2017. The idea of a hackathon centred around building WordPress websites for charities was brilliant. But back then we had just started the work of re-building the WordPress community in the Philippines. We felt we needed more experience before tackling a charity event. Fast forward to 2019, after successfully organizing three WordCamps for Manila (and several dozen meetupsMeetup 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.), we felt our small but dedicated group of volunteers was ready to take on the challenge.

After consultations with Hugh Lashbrooke, we decided to go with a modest target of 4 charity beneficiaries, with teams consisting of 5 to 7 members for each beneficiary. We projected around 50 to 70 total attendees.

As with any event, it all hinges on securing a suitable venue. do_action is unique since it would require a large space to house the teams, and a separate training room for the charity representatives.

The kind people from Canva Manila didn’t really need a lot of convincing. They readily agreed to host our charity event, and also sponsor lunch and snacks for all the attendees. This, I would say, was the biggest factor that helped our event — the support and generosity of our community partners and sponsors. Our friends from Inbytes.dev offered to take care of breakfast for everyone, and the good folks from Pantheon sponsored our modest event shirt tokens. As a result of this outpouring of goodwill, we didn’t have to raise additional funds to cover costs.

The next challenge was recruiting participants. The WordPress community in Manila was still fairly new and small, so getting enough participants to sign up was a challenge. For participant sign-ups, we turned to other tech communities for help, specifically Developers Connect, Philippine Web Designers Organization, and Women Who Code Manila.

It’s worth mentioning that in the Philippines, the different tech communities have a fantastic working relationship. Organizers from different groups regularly meet to share their knowledge, exchange information and collaborate together. We are proud to say that it’s this awesome collaborative environment that has allowed our local tech communities to grow and make a greater impact.

The actual event day itself went relatively smoothly. We did notice that a few of the teams still had difficulty getting their projects finished on time despite being given extra time to prepare in advance. For future hackathons, we’re considering putting more structure towards pre-event work, especially with regards to gathering materials and consultations about design and functionality. This will hopefully help teams plan and execute their projects.

To cap off the day, we had a small program where the teams presented their work along with their partner-charities. One of the more noteworthy work was from Women Who Code – Manila and their partner org Lilak Philippines.

In the end, it was a very productive day full of lessons and lots of community fun. We’re already planning next year’s charity hackathon. Thank you again to all the people who worked tirelessly to help make this event possible. From our WordPress Community mentorMentor Someone who has already organised a WordCamp and has time to meet with their assigned mentee every 2 weeks, they talk over where they should be in their timeline, help them to identify their issues, and also identify solutions for their issues., Hugh Lashbrooke, to our sponsors, volunteers and participants. This is only our first charity event, we hope to make a greater impact in the future not just in Manila but across the Philippines.