Community Deputy Handbook

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Getting Started as a Community Deputy Getting Started as a Community Deputy

Welcome to the Community Deputy Handbook. This page will guide you through what it is to be a Community Deputy. If you have any questions along the way you can ping for help in the #events channel in Slack.

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What is a Community Deputy? What is a Community Deputy?

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. We make sure that new and returning organizers are not overworking themselves, still are following the code of conduct, and generally are making positive contributions to the open source project.

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Why was the Deputy program started? Why was the Deputy program started?

The Deputy program was started in an effort to both decentralize management of the overall Community program and help with the large volume of daily emails. It started with a small pilot program in October of 2014 and has subsequently been expanded.

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 What do deputies do?  What do deputies do?

Deputies do the following types of things:

  • Email routing in Help Scout
  • WordCamp application processing
  • Meetup application processing
  • WordCamp mentoring
  • Sponsorship wrangling and advising

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Helpful Prior Knowledge Helpful Prior Knowledge

While no one is required to know all of the above, it is helpful to have been part of organizing a local WordCamp or Meetup. That way you know the rough outline of what should happen before you even get started.

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Resources Resources

The resources that we use all the time are listed below:

  • Help Scout
  • http://www.meetup.com/
  • http://central.wordcamp.org/
  • https://plan.wordcamp.org/
  • Slack, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype

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Get Involved Get Involved

To learn more about becoming a Community Deputy, you can join us in the monthly Community Chat on Slack or ask to join the next Deputy Training Session.