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  • epetrashen 6:00 pm on June 21, 2016 Permalink |
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    Categories: Community Management ( 164 ), Meetups ( 39 ), Training Workshops ( 16 ), WordCamps ( 135 )

    Outreachy week 4: WordPress Meetup Organizer Training 

    The last week I was working with a newly created WordPress Meetup Organizer handbook. The training as it is now can be found here. As you can see, the pages were moved to the testing site and small quizzes were added. You are very welcome to try it out, and if you have any feedback regarding the way it works please feel free to let me know.

    Some changes we will implement later are:

    • Replace the links to the handbook materials with the links to the equivalent training site materials – after it will be decided where exactly will this site be hosted,
    • Possibly expand the introduction and conclusion a bit.

    Another alteration of the initial plan I didn’t mention last time is that we decided to have small quizzes after each lesson as opposed to larger quizzes in the end of each module, that is composed out of several lessons. The reasoning for that is that Sensei is designed in the way that if you want the “composed” quiz, all of the questions have to be linked to the module’s last lesson – which can become a disadvantage if you decide to move one of the lessons to another module or delete one of the lessons — the questions appended to this lessons will get orphaned and end up impeding the learning experience. On the other hand, having all questions based on the lesson’s content linked to exactly this lesson enables a more flexible, chunking and reuse-oriented structure.

    Next week I’ll be working on questions for the WordPress deputy handbook-based training. And I will also get to go to WordCamp Europe, which I’m so excited about! I’m really looking forward to seeing community members in person and witnessing all the WordCamp glory and bonanza in real life, not just imagining it while reading the WordCamp organization-related materials. So please expect a full report about this trip next week 🙂 Also, at WordCamp Europe the WordCamp and Meetup organizer courses will be ready for testing on contributor day.

     
  • Josepha 3:23 am on June 14, 2016 Permalink |

    Meetup Program Basics 

    Meetups are part of the overall WordPress open source project.

    Just like a WordCamp, meetups are an opportunity for people who love and value WordPress to get together to learn from, and connect with each other. Regardless of whether you want to to learn about WordPress or meet others who work with it, Meetup events are a way to build a strong WordPress community in your local area.

    Meetups are supported by with our own WordPress Meetup chapter program who underwrite the fees for meetup.com and provide a central support structure for meetups globally. Joining the Meetup chapter program provides great support, information and help to both new, and established meetups.  Chapter meetups provide a consistent experience regardless of where you attend in the world as each group has commited that they will follow a code of conduct and that they agree to our five good faith rules for meetups.

    As WordPress Meetups are organized and run by local communities, anyone can show leadership and no single person is necessarily the owner of what may be organized or hosted. WordPress meetups are groups in which anyone with an interest in doing so is welcome to organize an event.

    Are you interested to see if you have what it takes to be a Meetup organizer? Read on for more information!

    What does it take to be an organizer?

    Since all event planning and organizing is done locally, Meetup organizers are reliable people who love WordPress and want to foster a local community in their area. If you’ve spoken with other people who are involved in technology in your town you probably have some understanding of the level of interest people have. You may have also noticed that they all come from a lot of different backgrounds.

    Being ready to create and host family-friendly, inclusive events is incredibly important to the success of your local WordPress community!

    In order to create consistency of people’s experience of the WordPress community, it’s important that Meetups adhere to our five good faith rules. These rules were created by a group of volunteer meetup organizers as a means to capture the ‘vibe’ of the WordPress community.

    The Five Good Faith Rules

    1. WordPress Meetups are for the benefit of the WordPress community as a whole, not specific businesses or individuals. All actions taken as an event organizer are with the best interest of the community in mind.
    2. Membership in the local meetup group is open to all who wish to join, regardless of ability, skill, financial status or any other criteria.
    3. Meetups are volunteer-run with volunteer speakers. In cases where a modest attendance fee might be necessary, this fee should only cover the costs of the meetup and shouldn’t be used to pay speakers or organizers.
    4. Meetup groups allow events to be organized by any reliable/trusted member of the community.
    5. Meetups are welcoming places where everyone works to foster an accepting environment which is free of discrimination, incitement to violence, promotion of hate, and general jerk-like behavior.

    What if I’m already an organizer?

    If you’re already an organizer of a WordPress meetup group, you are also invited to join the chapter program. Here is a list of some things you can expect:

    WordPress Community Support (a subsidiary of the WordPress Foundation) takes over payment of meetup.com dues and is listed as the primary group organizer and the original owner status changes to co-organizer. Existing co-organiser status remains the same. WordPress now “owns” the meetup.com account, and everyone running events is on equal footing.

    • Organizers retain access to the group tools on meetup.com.
    • The group name and URL remain the same.
    • The design of your site stays the same (unless you are using a “fauxgo” or are misspelling WordPress, in which case we’d ask you to fix that).
    • Once a year your members and organisers will receive a survey to gather feedback about your meetup. Results will be shared and discussed so that if are any needs the community support team we can meet in order to facilitate more activity/happier members, we can work together to figure out what that might be.
    • You’ll receive some great WordPress swag to kick things off (if you don’t have any left over from a recent WordCamp).
    • We’re currently working towards being able to offer support in covering costs like venue hire when donated space for events can’t be found. We will also be working with meetup organizers to determine what costs and/or supplies could be provided by the central account to make organizing events easier.
    • If you currently require people apply to join your group, we ask that you remove that requirement. WordPress meetup groups are open to all who are interested. You may still ask those questions on the regular “join this meetup” form but membership of the group should not require those responses.
    • We ask that organizers adjust their meetup ‘group tools’ settings so that any member of the group may be allowed to organize events  rather than going through the listed co-organizers. If someone wants to organize a Saturday morning WordPress coffee shop get-together that only 5 people attend and you want to organize a more formal presentation for 80 people, both of those are equally valuable. We believe that the more people getting together and connecting to talk about WordPress, the better, and having only a few people organize events automatically limits their number and scope.
     
  • Rocio Valdivia 3:59 pm on June 3, 2016 Permalink |
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    Meetup Status Weekly Report (From May 20th to June 3rd) 

    Holita Community Team!
    This is a report of all the Meetup applications that we’ve seen work on last week (from May 20th to June 3rd).
    If you have questions (or see something that’s missing) let us know in the comments.
    Have a nice weekend! 🙂

    1) 4 NEEDS VETTING
    Lisboa, Portugal
    Nagpur, Maharashtra, India
    Lisbon, Portugal

    2) 3 REQUESTED MORE INFORMATION
    Chandigarh, India
    Ikeja, Nigeria
    Covington

    3) 3 DECLINED
    Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, India (The applicant re-applied for organizing another Meetup group in Chandigarh)
    Managua, Nicaragua (asked to join the current Meetup group in the city)
    Bangalore, India (asked to join the current Meetup group in the city)

    4) 10 NEEDS/SCHEDULING ORIENTATION/INTERVIEW
    Santa Barbara, CA, USA (scheduling)
    Oulu, Finland (scheduling)
    Vizag, Pradesh, India (scheduling)
    Puerto España, Trinidad and Tobago
    Juba, South Sudan (scheduling)
    Caracas, Venezuela (scheduling)
    Aix en Provence, France (scheduled)
    Oslo, Norway (scheduled)
    Blackburn, UK (scheduled)
    Chelyabinsk, Russia (scheduled)

    5) 4 ORIENTED. NEEDS TO TRANSFER THE GROUP TO THE CHAPTER
    Medellin, Colombia
    Cornas, France
    Wadern, Saarland, Germany
    Rome, Italy

    6) 11 ORIENTED AND JOINED THE CHAPTER
    Guayaquil, Ecuador
    Bali, Indonesia
    Boise, ID, US
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Glasgow, UK
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
    Rajkot, Gujarat, India
    Tuluá, Colombia
    Norwich, UK
    Málaga, Spain
    Lille, France

     
  • Rocio Valdivia 2:58 pm on May 20, 2016 Permalink |
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    Meetup Status Weekly Report (From May 14nd to 20th) 

    Howdy Community Team!
    This is a report of all the Meetup applications that we’ve seen work on last week (from May 14nd to 20th).
    If you have questions (or see something that’s missing) let us know in the comments! 🙂

    1) 9 NEEDS VETTING
    Guayaquil, Ecuador
    Chandigarh, India
    Ikeja, Nigeria
    Bali, Indonesia
    Boise, ID, US
    Harare, Zimbabwe
    Covington
    Medellin, Colombia
    Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, India

    2) 2 REQUESTED MORE INFORMATION
    Brisbane, Australia
    Managua, Nicaragua

    3) 4 DECLINED
    Nairobi, Kenya (asked to join the current Meetup group in the city)
    Rockville, US (asked to join the current Meetup group in the city)
    St. Catharines, ON, Canada (They will join forces with the Niagara group)
    Fair Oaks, US (asked to join the current Meetup group in the city)

    4) 12 NEEDS/SCHEDULING ORIENTATION/INTERVIEW
    Cornas, France (scheduling)
    Santa Barbara, CA, USA (scheduling)
    Oulu, Finland (scheduling)
    Vizag, Pradesh, India
    Glasgow, UK
    Puerto España, Trinidad and Tobago
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain
    Rajkot, Gujarat, India (scheduled)
    College Station, TX, US (scheduled)
    Tuluá, Colombia (scheduled)
    Juba, South Sudan (scheduling)
    Caracas, Venezuela (scheduling)

    5) 3 ORIENTED. NEEDS TO TRANSFER THE GROUP TO THE CHAPTER
    Wadern, Saarland, Germany
    Norwich, UK
    Rome, Italy

    6) 1 ORIENTED AND JOINED THE CHAPTER
    Nürnberg, Germany

     
  • Rocio Valdivia 5:34 pm on May 13, 2016 Permalink |
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    Meetup Status Weekly Report (From May 2nd to 13th) 

    Hola Community Team!
    This is a report of all the Meetup applications that we’ve seen work on last week (from May 2nd to 13th).
    If you have questions (or see something that’s missing) let us know in the comments! 🙂

    1) NEEDS VETTING
    Oulu, Finland
    Managua, Nicaragua
    College Station, TX, US
    Rockville, Maryland, US
    Medellin, Colombia
    St. Catharines, ON, Canada
    Yamuna Nagar, Haryana, India
    Nairobi, Kenya
    Tuluá, Colombia
    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    Brisbane, Australia
    Rajkot, Gujarat, India
    Puerto España, Trinidad and Tobago
    Santa Cruz de Tenerife, España

    2) REQUESTED MORE INFORMATION
    Vizag, Pradesh, India
    Halle, Germany
    Québec, Canada

    3) REJECTED
    Fair Oaks, CA, USA (there is a Meetup group already in this city)

    4) NEEDS/SCHEDULING ORIENTATION/INTERVIEW
    Norwich, UK
    Wadern, Saarland, Germany
    Nürnberg/Bayern/Germany
    Juba, South Sudan
    Caracas, Venezuela
    Hortolandia, Brazil
    Cork, Ireland
    Vancouver, Canada
    Aix en Provence, France
    Antibes, France
    Santa Barbara, CA, USA
    Rome, Italy

    5) ORIENTED. NEEDS TO TRANSFER THE GROUP TO THE CHAPTER

    6) ORIENTED AND JOINED THE CHAPTER
    Appleton, WI, US
    Kapolei, HI, US
    Parma, Italy
    Crete, Greece
    Bari, Italy
    Clinton, NJ, US
    Kochi, India
    Würzburg, Germany
    Bitburg (Eifel), Germany
    Lille, France

     
  • Rocio Valdivia 11:10 pm on May 2, 2016 Permalink |
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    Meetup Status Weekly Report (From April 22th to May 2nd) 

    Hola Community Team!
    This is a report of all the Meetup applications that we’ve seen work on last week (from April 22th to May 2nd).
    If you have questions (or see something that’s missing) let us know in the comments! 🙂

    1) NEEDS VETTING
    Clinton, NJ, US
    Halle, Germany
    Nuremberg, Germany
    Würzburg, Germany
    Bitburg, Germany
    Parma, Italy
    Québec, Canada
    Juba, South Sudan
    Caracas, Venezuela
    Medellin, Colombia
    Rockville, US
    College Station, TX, US
    Managua, Nicaragua
    Oulu, Finland

    2) REQUESTED MORE INFORMATION
    Lille, France (reached out to applicant about a trademark issue)
    Vizag/Andhra, India

    3) REJECTED

    4) NEEDS/SCHEDULING ORIENTATION/INTERVIEW
    Hortolandia, Brazil (scheduling with Rocío)
    Crete, Greece (scheduled with Rocío)
    Cork, Ireland (scheduling with Rocío)
    Bari, Italy (scheduled with Rocío)
    Vancouver, Canada (scheduling with Josepha)
    Kochi, India (scheduling with Aditya and Rocío)
    Aix en Provence, France (scheduling with Rocío)
    Antibes, France (scheduling with Rocío)

    5) ORIENTED. NEEDS TO TRANSFER THE GROUP TO THE CHAPTER
    Appleton, WI, US
    Kapolei, HI, US

    6) ORIENTED AND JOINED THE CHAPTER
    Verona, Italy
    Genova, Italy
    Maidstone, UK
    Nairobi, Kenya

     
  • Rocio Valdivia 8:18 pm on April 22, 2016 Permalink |
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    Meetup Status Weekly Report (From April 18th to April 22th) 

    Hello, Community Team! This is a report of all the Meetup applications that we’ve seen work on this week (from April 18th to April 22th).
    If you have questions (or see something that’s missing) let us know in the comments!

    1) NEEDS VETTING
    Clinton, NJ, US
    Crete, Greece
    Lille, France
    Norwick, UK
    Valence, France
    Bari, Italy
    Halle, Germany
    Nuremberg, Germany
    Würzburg, Germany
    Bitburg, Germany
    Parma, Italy
    Québec, Canada

    2) REQUESTED MORE INFORMATION
    Keta, Ghana

    3) REJECTED

    4) NEEDS/SCHEDULING ORIENTATION/INTERVIEW
    Vancouver, Canada (Josepha)
    Cork, Ireland (Rocío)
    Aix en Provence, France (Rocío)
    Nairobi, Kenia (Rocío)
    Hortolandia, Brazil (Rocío)
    Verona, Italy (Rocío)
    Genova, Italy (Rocío)
    Kapolei, HI, US (Rocío)
    Antibes, France (Rocío)
    Maidstone, UK (Rocío)
    Appleton, WI, US (Rocío)

    5) ORIENTED. NEEDS TO TRANSFER THE GROUP TO THE CHAPTER

    6) ORIENTED AND JOINED THE CHAPTER
    Sioux Falls, SD, US
    Kalispell, MO, US

     
  • Rocio Valdivia 10:43 pm on April 18, 2016 Permalink |
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    Meetups Status Weekly Report (from April 10st to April 18th) 

    Hi Community team!
    Here are the current statuses of those Meetups we saw movement from during the past week (from April 10st to April 18th). We’d love some help from the community deputies for vetting some of the applications, so let me know on Slack if you have any questions. Have a nice week! 🙂

    1) NEEDS VETTING
    Nairobi, Kenia
    Hortolandia, Brazil
    Verona, Italy
    Genova, Italy
    Kapolei, HI, US
    Clinton, NJ, US
    Antibes, France
    Maidstone, UK
    Appleton, WI, US
    Crete, Greece
    Lille, France
    Norwick, UK
    Valence, France
    Halle, Germany
    Nuremberg, Germany
    Würzburg, Germany
    Bitburg, Germany

    2) REQUESTED MORE INFORMATION
    Keta, Ghana

    3) REJECTED

    4) NEEDS/SCHEDULING ORIENTATION/INTERVIEW
    Cork, Ireland (Rocío)
    Kalispell, MO, US (Rocío)
    Vancouver, Canada (Josepha)
    Aix en Provence, France (Rocío)
    McAllen, TX, US (Josepha)
    Washington, DC, US (Josepha)

    5) ORIENTED. NEEDS TO TRANSFER THE GROUP TO THE CHAPTER
    Sioux Falls, SD, US

    6) ORIENTED AND JOINED THE CHAPTER
    Ahmedabad, India
    Rosario, Argentina
    Guadalajara, México
    Bogota, Colombia
    Zilina, Slovakia

     
  • Rocio Valdivia 10:42 pm on April 10, 2016 Permalink |
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    Meetups Status Weekly Report (from April 1st to April 10th) 

    Hi Community team!
    Here are the current statuses of those Meetups we saw movement from during the past week (from April 1st to April 10th). Have a superb week! 🙂

    1) NEEDS VETTING
    Rosario, Argentina
    Neta, Ghana
    Aix en Provence, France
    Ahmedabad, India
    Bogota, Colombia
    Appleton, WI, US
    Maidstone, UK
    Antibes, France
    Clinton, NJ, US
    Kapolei, HI, US
    Genova, Italy
    Verona, Italy
    Hortolandia, Brazil
    Nairobi, Kenia
    Kalispell, MO, US
    Cork, Ireland

    2) REJECTED
    None!

    3) NEEDS/SCHEDULING ORIENTATION/INTERVIEW
    Guadalajara, México (Rocío in Spanish)
    Hyderabad, India (Josepha)
    Sioux Falls, SD, US (Rocío)
    Vancouver, Canada (Rocío)

    4) ORIENTED. NEEDS TO TRANSFER THE GROUP TO THE CHAPTER
    Zilina, Slovakia

    5) ORIENTED AND JOINED THE CHAPTER
    Kumasi, Ghana
    Buea, Cameroon

     
  • Rocio Valdivia 7:55 pm on April 1, 2016 Permalink |
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    Meetups Status Weekly Report (from March 19th to April 1st) 

    Hi Community team!
    Here are the current statuses of those Meetups we saw movement from during the past two weeks (from March 19th to April 1st).
    Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

    1) NEEDS VETTING
    Rosario, Argentina
    Neta, Ghana
    Aix en Provence, France
    Ahmedabad, India

    2) REJECTED
    King’s Landing, Seven Kingdoms (Requested to get some dragons first)

    3) NEEDS/SCHEDULING ORIENTATION/INTERVIEW
    Guadalajara, México
    Buea, Cameroon
    Kumasi, Ghana (scheduling with Rocío)
    Zilina, Slovakia (scheduling with Rocío)
    Liège, Belgium (scheduling with Rocío)
    Sioux Falls, SD, US (scheduling with Rocío)
    Vancouver, Canada (scheduling with Rocío)

    4) ORIENTED AND JOINED THE CHAPTER
    Granollers, Spain
    Santiago, Chile
    Manila, Philippines
    Kailua Kona, HI, US
    Sylhet, Bangladesh
    Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur
    Sandefjord, Norway
    West Palm Beach, FL, US
    Saint-Omer, France
    Leipzig, Germany
    Bordeaux, France

     
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