2020 Annual WordPress Meetup Program Survey

A similar message to this post was sent to all WordPress Chapter MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. members via meetup.com, but we are also sharing below.

If you are a Meetup Organizer, please feel free to share the survey link via discussion boards, email, social media, or even announce at a Meetup event!

Hello WordPress meetup members!

As we’ve reached a full year of online Meetup events, we would like to get your feedback on WordPress meetups in 2020. Even if you did not attend meetup events this past year, your opinion would be valuable! The survey takes less than 5 minutes to fill out, and the results will be shared by the Global Community Team to help all WordPress meetups improve.

Here is a link to the survey:
http://wordpressdotorg.survey.fm/annual-meetup-program-survey

This survey contains general questions relevant to the global WordPress Meetup program, and closes on 30 April, 2021.

WordPress Global Community Sponsors

A big thank you to our 2020 global sponsors!

Their generous support keeps the meetup program free for the whole community and helps to make sure ticket prices for WordCamps (when in-person events return) stay affordable.

The 2021 Global Community Sponsorship program was recently announced, and is offered on a quarterly basis to keep the program nimble, if our path to global in-person events accelerates in ways we don’t currently expect.

Become an Event Organizer

WordPress is an 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, open to anyone who wants to join. That is true for event organizers, too! Many groups still have one event per month, often a presentation or lecture followed by Q&A or a social hour. These regular events are great, but it means that people who cannot make that time each month are left out, as are people who are interested in different topics. 

All meetup groups on the WordPress chapter account allow any trusted, reliable member of the group to organize an event. If you’ve been wishing for a particular kind of WordPress event in your town, this is a great time to become a WordPress organizer. 

Here are some ideas for event formats to inspire you: Meetup Event Formats

The possibilities are endless, and if it relates to WordPress, you can organize within your meetup group! Start a conversation on your group’s discussion board or contact the local organizing team with your ideas!

Contribute to the WordPress Project

One of the things we have heard from people is a desire for their meetup group to be more connected to the overall WordPress open source project. If you haven’t stopped by the community team’s blog in a while check that out! There may be a few new projects you might be interested in.

Thank you for being a part of our community, and as always, thanks for using WordPress!

–The WordPress Global Community Team

#meetups, #annual-survey, #survey

X-post: Learn WordPress Working Group recap – April 1, 2021

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Community Team Meeting agenda for 2021-04-01

The Community Team bi-weekly meeting is happening tomorrow. 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: 2021-04-01 12:00
Americas friendly meeting:
2021-04-01 21:00

Note the Daylight Savings Time and how it might affect which time the meeting is taking place for you! The above times should be presented in your local time.

Below is a preliminary agenda for the meeting. If you wish to add things you’d like bring to into discussion, comment below or reach out to team reps @sippis or @kcristiano. 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.

Preliminary agenda

Deputy / Mentor / Contributor check-ins

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

Highlights

Announcement: Review of WordCamp sites without a tracker item – removal of some old WordCamp sites
Some 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. sites missing their counterpart in the WordCamp tracker. We are now going through this list and will remove WordCamps sites for events that didn’t take place. For WordCamps that did take place, the WordCamp tracker in Central will be backfilled with simple details.

New and ongoing discussions

Outreach to WordCamp Mentors
Would you be interested in helping Angela with some outreach to our current roster of WordCamp mentors? With all the changes to the program this past year, it seems timely to check in with our mentors to see if they are still interested in mentoring WordCamps and where we can better support them.

Revisiting Learn WordPress Workshop Application Vetting Process
Some community members have been helping with the Learn WordPress workshop and discussion group facilitator application vetting process. Naoko proposes few changes to the process for making it smoother.

Request for feedback: Team goals check
As we enter Q2 of 2021, it seems appropriate to check where we are with the action items set for Q1 and Q2 in our Team goals. If you are working with some action item or do know the progress of one, please leave an update in the comments of the post.

Timeline for the Global Sponsorship Program
We published the official Global Sponsorship program on March 23rd and it included a deadline for Q2 sponsorships just 3 days later (March 26th). Taco raised a point that they think this isn’t reasonable and we might have lost some sponsorships because of that.

Open floor

Opportunity to bring things into discussions that weren’t on the meeting agenda and if anyone has something they would like to share with the team. If you have a topic in mind before the meeting, please add it into the comments of this post.

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

Preliminary agenda was put together in collaboration of @sippis and @kcristiano.

#meeting-agenda, #team-chat

Request for feedback: Team goals check

As we enter Q2 of 2021, it seems appropriate to check where we are with the action items set for Q1 and Q2 in our Team goals for this year. Is there something that is already accomplished, moving faster or slower than we thought and how those action items are moving forward in general?

If you are working with some action item or do know the progress of one, please leave an update in the comments. Also, please tell if there are any blockers or if you’d like to get help moving the action item forward. This way we can, as a community, know better where to direct our efforts. If you are interested in helping with some of the action items, share that with us and we’ll get you started!

The action items for Q1 & Q2 we set to ourself are:

Improve communication within the Community team

  • Create task rotations for deputies and host more sprints so that deputies work with and learn from each other.
  • Host a virtual deputy table to spend time together to discuss our work and priorities. 

Support event organizers

  • Alongside Training and Marketing teams, help MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. groups better utilize Learn WordPress, and help increase the number of workshops and discussion groups. 
  • Continue and improve Tuesday Trainings with contributor content.
  • Identify priority content for translation of community handbooks.

Increase training and support for deputies and mentors

  • Begin creating a leadership training course.
  • Begin creating Code of Conduct incident response training course.
  • Help deputies better understand and run the diverse speaker training workshop so that they can help local communities with the workshop.

X-post: Learn WordPress Working Group agenda – April 1st, 2021 (15:00 UTC)

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X-post: Learn Workshops: Revisiting the content wishlist

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Tuesday Trainings: Can I use “WordPress” in my product name? part 1 of 2

This year we’ve changed the format of Tuesday Trainings to better get directly at the issues that seem to be on the minds of folks in our Community. How are we doing that? Great question. We’re either seeking to answer commonly asked questions or address commonly heard complaints, concerns, and confusions.

If there’s a question you’d like to see answered or a topic you’d like to see discussed please share it in the comments or email me at support@wordcamp.org with the subject line Tuesday Trainings. Now onto this week’s topic.

This week’s post is part 1 of a 2 part series around the WordPress trademark.

Can I use “WordPress” in my name?

Well you just opened up a big ol can of proverbial worms asking me this question. Because, strictly speaking, no. You can’t. Or at least you shouldn’t and the chances are if you’re doing so right now, you’re doing it without permission.

So let’s dive in and talk about the WordPress trademark. First a little background: The WordPress Foundation owns and oversees the trademarks for the WordPress 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. names and logos

“Permission from the WordPress Foundation is required to use the WordPress or WordCamp name or logo as part of any project, product, service, domain name, or company name.”

The important thing to think about here is permission. People don’t always realize they aren’t supposed to use the name “WordPress” because they are able to procure a url or username with the word “WordPress” in it. Trademark law is there to keep others from using or misusing a trademarked name or logo. But it can’t stop them from picking it up. So sometimes we see things with WordPress in their name, title, URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org, or username when “WordPress” really doesn’t belong there. 

If you’re anything like me you are currently thinking of all of the times in the last week, month, year, decade, etc that you’ve seen “WordPress” used in a way that might not have been permitted. And that can just feel gross. So let’s sort out some facts about using the “WordPress” name and also dive into some of the feelings that you might experience around seeing others use it or not being permitted to use it yourself.

What’s the actual trademark Policy?

To read WordPress Foundations Trademark Policy in its entirety you should go straight to the source and read the entire written policy here.

But in short, the WordPress Foundation wants to make it easy for anyone to use the WordPress or WordCamp name or logo for community efforts that spread and improve WordPress and wants to make it difficult for anyone to use the WordPress or WordCamp name or logo to trick or confuse people who are looking for official WordPress or WordCamp resources. 

So when I think about whether something should have WordPress in the url, name, or title I ask myself one question. Is this an “official” WordPress event or resource?

If the answer is “yes” then you’re probably working with someone who is familiar with the nuances of how to go about this. If the answer is “no” then you should leave the trademarked name “WordPress” or “WordCamp” out of it.

I bet you have questions. Ask them! 

Perhaps, does this mean I can’t build something for WordPress?!?!?

No! No no no it doesn’t mean that at all. Next week we’ll dive into this question and I’ll share more information on how you can use “WordPress” or “WP” in your work. We’ll also touch on swag, what to do if you think your project isn’t in alignment with the TM– or someone else’s project isn’t in alignment– and I will answer any questions you might have from this week’s post. 

So if there’s something you’re wondering about the WordPress and WordCamp trademarks that you would like me to answer on next Week’s Tuesday Training please let me know.

And if you have a question about the trademarks you’d prefer to ask privately you can email questions to trademarks@wordpressfoundation.org any time.

#tuesdaytrainings, #wordpress-trademark

Revisiting Learn WordPress Workshop Application Vetting Process

Some community members have been helping with the Learn WordPress workshop and discussion group facilitator application vetting process. I’m writing this post to clarify the current shape of the vetting process and present some suggestions.

This task is something any interested deputy can do and is similar to 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./MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. vetting in most of the parts. Leave a comment if you are interested in helping!

What has been done

  • Created a HelpScout inbox for Learn WordPress
  • Published Vetting applications handbook page on the Learn site
  • Created HelpScout predefined reply templates

Current Process

Currently, the workshop vetting process goes like this:

  1. A contributor submits the workshop presenter form
  2. The information is saved as a Workshop custom post typeCustom Post Type WordPress can hold and display many different types of content. A single item of such a content is generally called a post, although post is also a specific post type. Custom Post Types gives your site the ability to have templated posts, to simplify the concept. (CPT) entry on learn.wordpress.org
  3. A deputy checks the “Needs Vetting” status workshop posts from the backend of the Learn site
  4. They vet the applicant based on the handbook
  5. They review the contents
  6. They send a new message on HelpScout (requesting more info, approving, or declining)

Generally speaking the process is well-established and smooth. 

Small Pain Points

What I find difficult is step 5 when the person is fully qualified but I don’t have enough technical or editorial knowledge to make a decision on the proposed content.

Problem:  We don’t really have a way to connect each workshop with the relevant HelpScout message because currently there isn’t any field in the workshop CPT to add private notes. 

Ideas for Improvement

These are some ideas

  • Contact the subject matter expert from the Training Team at step 5 above when there’s a doubt about the contents.
    • We could share the unpublished workshop URLURL A specific web address of a website or web page on the Internet, such as a website’s URL www.wordpress.org in the #training 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/. channel, like this.
    • When Slack is not an appropriate place for discussion, can we assign one of the Training Team members in HelpScout and discuss it there?
  • Make sure to connect the workshop application with a HelpScout message
    • For now, we can add a note with a workshop URL to a related HelpScout message (this will at least solve the issue on one side)
    • Add a field to add HelpScout URL in the workshop CPT, similar to WordCamp and Meetup vetting (only add the URL and write vetting notes to a HS note) – enable this through EditFlow?

Thanks for sharing your insights to this post before publishing! @harishanker @evarlese @_dorsvenabili

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our Deputies, 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. organizers, MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. wranglers, and WordPress Community builders! You were probably hard at work this weekend. Tell us what you got accomplished in our #weekly-update!

Have you run into a roadblock with the stuff you’re working on? Head over to #community-events or #community-team in 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/. and ask for help!

Recap of the Youth Working Group checkin Chat | 23 March 2021

Attending: @sunsand187, @ashiquzzaman, @kimberly.lipari

Slack Thread: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1616515310146700

What was covered:

  1. Updates for the group
  2. Goals for the year
  3. Needs of the group
  4. Open floor discussion

Updates for the group

Currently we are shifting to creating Learn WordPress videos for parents, organizers, guardians, and educators. We have a list of videos we want to create and are looking for volunteers that can help us create them. We currently have 3 videos on the list.

Goals for the Year

We are looking to grow the team! @kimberly.lipari@camikaos (she/her) and I are looking to grow the team. If you have any interest in helping the next generation (you don’t have to be hanging out with them, just creating content for parents) reach out to us and let us know what strikes your fancy. We need:

  • Research – laws surrounding minors at events globally
  • Writing – arts and crafts documentation, WordPress basics documentation, Parental Resources Documents
  • Video Creation – how to videos for Parents to get involved with their kids, Encouraging Videos for organizers, and videos for educators
  • Editing – grammar, spell check, and general flow proofreaders/editors

Needs for the group

Ultimately, our biggest group need is to get more volunteers that want to help with the work. Once onboard we can discuss other group needs.

Open Floor Discussion

I know there are others who may not have been able to join today and that is okay. You can leave your comments in threads and I will add them to the 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/. recap post tomorrow afternoon.

With that I will wrap up the meeting. Thank you so much for being here and for all your time! This next year is going to make it so much better for adults that want to help youth grow their knowledge!

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The next meeting will be Tuesday 13 April, 2021 at 11 CST/ 1600 UTC. This chat will occur in the Make WordPress Community-Team Slack channel.