Tuesday Trainings: How do I contribute to WordPress? Part 3

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 question: How do I contribute to WordPress?

This is a great question… and usually when someone asks how they contribute to WordPress we would jump right in and tell them all about the exciting opportunities to contribute no matter what your specialty or skill level. But sometimes it’s not how you CAN contribute to WordPress that people are asking… it’s actually wondering how DO I DO THIS?

Well this week my goal is to help you learn the HOW TO part of getting involved in WordPress contribution. Not just here on the community team, but across the program. How am I going to do that, you may ask? By sharing resources!

What are the teams?

Last week’s Tuesday Training post introduced Polyglots, Support, Documentation, and Themes. This week I’ll bring you four more amazing teams, tell you what they do, and share a link for you to start getting involved. 

Plugins

If you are a 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 developer, subscribe to the Plugin review team blog to keep up with the latest updates, find resources, and learn about any issues around Plugin development.

Community – that’s us!

If you’re interested in organizing 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. or 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., the community blog is a great place to get started. There are groups working to support events, to create outreach and training programs, and generally support the community.

Meta

The MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. team makes 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/, provides support, and builds tools for use by all the contributor groups. If you want to help make WordPress.org better, sign up for updates from the Meta blog.

Training

The WordPress training team helps people learn to use, extend, and contribute to WordPress through synchronous and asynchronous learning as well as downloadable lesson plans for instructors to use in live environments, via learn.wordpress.org. If you enjoy teaching people how to use and build stuff for WordPress, immediately stop what you’re doing and join our team!

Questions?

If you’re interested in working on any of these teams, there’s no time like the present. Check them out and see if there’s a fit for you. Come back next week for another set of teams, and if you have any questions, as always, please ask in the comments!

#tuesdaytrainings

Report: Diverse Speaker Workshops May 2021

During the pandemic, the Diverse Speaker Training group (#WPDiversity) has been delivering our Diverse Speaker workshop to the global WordPress community online directly.

Each month, we are reporting at the tag #DiverseSpeakerWorkshopsReports how these workshops and trainings are going.

Report: May 2021

Workshop / “Learn” Watch Party Hybrid (Philippines / APAC)

Facilitator: @onealtr

In May, Oneal Rosero followed the 1.5 hour “Interactive, Transformational Watch Party” format that we did in February. He played the video on Learn, paused for group exercises out loud, and held discussions in the text chat.

We once again got a great response from attendees. They let us know that they liked the content and this format!

Number who attended: 4
From number of cities: 4
From number of countries: 1 (Philippines)

Increase in public speaking confidence after taking this workshop: 12.5%

Testimonial:

“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, it is important to have confidence in public speaking. Before I took this workshop, I was only certain that I can talk publicly but was not really had a clear list of the things that I can speak about. I would recommend this workshop for those who are trying to gain/gain back their confidence and would like to start speaking at WordPress events.”

– Pie T, WordCamp Organizer, Cebu, Philippines


Upcoming: June 2021

Live workshop for Americas, APAC, Australia/Oceania

Watch for a post coming soon. For now, a quick notice that this free workshop will be on:

June 30, 2021 @ 7-9pm ET (11pm-1am UTC):

Info and registration

#diversespeakerworkshopsreports, #wpdiversity

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our 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., 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 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. 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!

Community Team Meeting agenda for 2021-06-03

The Community Team bi-weekly meeting is happening this week. 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: 2021-06-03 12:00
Americas friendly meeting:
2021-06-03 21:00

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

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 you got accomplished after the last meeting? Are there any blockers? Can other team members help you in some way?

Highlights

WordCamp Europe is next week!
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. Europe Online 2021 is next week! The WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event. takes place from Monday to Wednesday. From our team, Angela and Taco will be hosting a workshop “10 ice-breakers and energisers for online events” on Monday 17:00 CEST.

Youth Working Group- Slack Meetings Now Office Hours
The Youth Events Working Group will be changing up the format of our 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/. Meetings. They will be changing their 1 hour, bi-weekly meeting schedule to 30 minutes, monthly office hoursOffice Hours Defined times when the Global Community Team are in the #community-events Slack channel. If there is anything you would like to discuss – you do not need to inform them in advance.You are very welcome to drop into any of the Community Team Slack channels at any time..

Join the Community Team for a Documentation Editing Sprint on May 25!
This contribution sprint has concluded! Together contributors made 35 major edits to the docs, including making changes to existing docs, and creating new docs pages. Most changes were made to the Online Event documentation and the Community Deputy Handbook. Thank you all for your contributions. We will be organizing more such docs sprints in the future. Stay tuned!

Recent survey results
Recently there has been posted three different interesting survey results: Community Team Mentor check-in, 2020 Meetup Organiser Survey and 2020 Meetup Attendee Survey.

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!

#meeting-agenda, #team-chat, #team-meeting

Tuesday Trainings: How do I contribute to WordPress? Part 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 question: How do I contribute to WordPress?

This is a great question… and usually when someone asks how they contribute to WordPress we would jump right in and tell them all about the exciting opportunities to contribute no matter what your specialty or skill level. But sometimes it’s not how you CAN contribute to WordPress that people are asking… it’s actually wondering how DO I DO THIS?

Well this week my goal is to help you learn the HOW TO part of getting involved in WordPress contribution. Not just here on the community team, but across the program. How am I going to do that, you may ask? By sharing resources!

What are the teams?

Last week’s Tuesday Training post introduced Core, Design, Mobile, and Accessibility. This week I’ll bring you four more amazing teams, tell you what they do, and share a link for you to start getting involved. 

Polyglots

WordPress is used all over the world and in many different languages. If you’re a polyglot, help out by translating WordPress into your own language. You can also assist with creating the tools that make translations easier.

Support

Answering a question in the support forums or IRC is one of the easiest ways to start contributing. Everyone knows the answer to something! This blog is the place for discussion of issues around support.

Documentation

Good documentation lets people help themselves when they get stuck. The docs team is responsible for creating documentation and is always on the look-out for writers. The blog has discussion around the team’s current projects.

Themes

The Theme Review Team reviews and approves every Theme submitted to the WordPress Theme repository. Reviewing Themes sharpens your own Theme development skills. You can help out and join the discussion on the blog.

Questions?

If you’re interested in working on any of these teams, there’s no time like the present. Check them out and see if there’s a fit for you. Come back next week for another set of teams, and if you have any questions, as always, please ask in the comments!

#tuesdaytrainings

Contributor Working Group Agenda | June 2 2021

Here is the Agenda for our meeting on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 in the #community-team channel 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/.. As always, you can add comments to the meeting afterwards, and/or add comments to the recap post.

Meeting Times

There will be two meeting times available. You can click on the time to see what time it will be for you and join whichever fits your schedule best.

APAC: 0400 UTC

AMER: 1900 UTC

Agenda

  1. Team Check-in
  2. Continue Slack discussion from previous meeting
  3. New items
    • WCEUWCEU WordCamp Europe. The European flagship WordCamp event. request (from previous Agenda comment)
    • Contributor experience feedback form

#WPContributors

Weekly Updates

Hello to all our 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., 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 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. 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!

2020 Meetup Organizer Survey results

We recently published the 2020 Meetup survey results, which shared several insights and statistics about 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. group members. It’s time to analyze the results of the 2020 Meetup Organizer survey. This year’s survey is unique because it is tailored for online meetups in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We have removed some questions on in-person events and added some questions about online events.

2020 Meetup Organizer Survey Participation

  • Total organizer respondents: 65
  • Total countries participated: 26

Key Insights from the survey

  • Most of our meetup organizers are experienced folks. Most respondents have been an organizer of the group for the past 2-4 years (37%). While 22% of respondents have been involved for 4-6 years, only 13% have been a part of their local group for the past 1-2 years. Additionally, a whopping 49% of respondents had been using WordPress for over 10 years!
  • Most meetup groups have pivoted online during the pandemic. 82% of respondents had organized at least one online event for their group in 2020, with 42% of folks organizing at least one event per month. 26% of the respondents stopped organizing events due to COVID-19. 85% of organizers intend to continue organizing online 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. in 2021 and beyond. 
  • Zoom is the favored online meetup platform amongst organizers. Like the meetup member survey results, Zoom emerged as the most preferred tool amongst meetup organizers, with 55% voting for the service. Google Meet achieved a close second, with 23% of respondents choosing that tool. StreamYard, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, and Jitsi were also the top contenders. 
  • Learn WordPress and Meetups: 66% of organizers expressed interest in contributing to learn.wordpress.org, and 71% of organizers expressed interest in organizing discussion groups based on Learn WordPress for their meetup. This shows that given enough support and encouragement, meetup organizers can offer support for Learn WordPress by organizing workshops and discussion groups!
  • Online event fatigue seems to be one of the top blockers faced by organizers while planning WordPress events. Many organizers cited a general lack of interest and high cost of online tools and captioning services as blockers faced by their meetup group. 

Want to explore the results of the 2020 Meetup Organizer survey in detail? Read on!

Continue reading

#meetups, #annual-survey, #meetup-organizers, #survey

Community team Mentor check-in: results and summary

Recently the Community team conducted a survey 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. mentorsMentor 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.. The goal of this survey was to check with our mentors, find out who still wants to be active, and hear their thoughts on what kind of support they need moving forward. 

The following steps were taken to complete the 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. outreach:

  1. Create a survey to send to all mentors and try to get as many responses as possible.
  2. Gather feedback and write up a summary.
  3. Support next steps, including training, documentation updates, and some offboarding of mentors who no longer want to be active. 

Respondents

Currently, there are 49 mentors and 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. in the community team. A total of 39 (79.6%)  respondents participated in this survey. 

Survey Results

The survey results indicate that a total of 35 people showed interest in mentoring WordCamp and 5 people indicated that they will be doing 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. tasks only. The remaining 9 people will be off-boarded from the active deputy and mentor list. 

StatusNo of Deputies / Mentors
Active (Deputy and Mentor)22
Active (Deputy)5
Active (Mentor)13
Offboard9
Grand Total49

As the community team oversees WordPress events around the globe, the team members are composed of global community members. The following is the respondents breakdown by region:

RegionNo of Respondents
Africa4
Asia7
Europe13
North America12
Oceania1
South America2
Grand Total39

As the COVID-19 pandemic forced WordCamps events to move from in-person to online, 10 out of 39 respondents indicated that they have mentored Online WordCamps in the past year. A total of 25 WordCamps were mentored in 2020 by the respondents, compared to 74 WordCamps in 2019. 

Respondents were asked if they are willing to mentor WordCamps this year and the majority of the respondents indicated that they are interested in mentoring online or in-person WordCamps:

AnswerNo of Respondents
No6
Yes, but I’d like more training first8
Yes, but only for in person events2
Yes, for online or in person events23 
Grand Total39

Observations

Respondents were asked what the Community Team can do to better support their work. Most respondents indicated they receive adequate support from the community team. The following observations were made from the answers:

  • A number of respondents indicated that they need training and guidance.
  • Mentors would benefit from further development of WordCamp tools: the WordCamp websites, the internal administrative management tools, and documentation.
  • Mentors agree that WordCamp organizers would benefit from saved replies or email templates. 

WordCamp mentors were asked where they feel their contribution is most impactful. Common thoughts included:

  • Knowledge sharing & training
  • Problem-solving & mediation
  • Follow up & advice
  • Sponsors & logistics
  • Others (kids events, translations)

Finally, respondents also asked if there any blockers in mentoring WordCamps. Most of the respondents indicated that they have no blocker in mentoring WordCamps. One mentor indicated WordCamp Handbooks should be translated in other languages to help them understand better. 

Next Steps

As for the next steps, the mentors who indicated that they will no longer participate as mentors will be offboarded. The Community team will plan on providing more training for active mentors who requested training and think through implementation of suggestions as future projects. 

Comments

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below. 

Kudos to @angelasjin, @sippis, @tacoverdo, and @samsuresh for facilitating this mentor outreach. 

#mentors, #wordcamp

Recap of Contributor Working Group on May 19, 2021

In attendance: @amethystanswers, @tacoverdo, @chaion07, @manzwebdesigns, @gtarafdarr, @paaljoachim, @ashiquzzaman

Meeting start: https://wordpress.slack.com/archives/C037W5S7X/p1621450949003000

Agenda: https://make.wordpress.org/community/2021/05/19/contributor-working-group-agenda-may-19-2021/

Announcements

New Meeting Option

We are adding an APAC time-zone-friendly option to meeting days. All meeting days will continue to be the first and third Wednesdays of each month. If you are interested in this new option, please vote on the time options by Saturday May 29. The meeting time will be included in the agenda for our first June meeting.

Thanks to @chaion07 for offering to host these meetings!

Group Focus Change

We started this group with a focus on three target areas:

Due to a variety of circumstances, we have now decided to narrow our focus further and concentrate specifically on New Contributor Onboarding for the time being. There is general agreement that this is an area we can make the most impact right now.

Group Updates

From @tacoverdo: Yoast will be having a company Contributor Day at the end of June and some will be available to help our group. There are some new contributors in the group, who may be able to try some onboarding tasks and share their experience with us.

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/. Onboarding Process

We have started exploring the Slack onboarding experience for New Contributors.

Current Experience

When someone new joins the Making WordPress Slack, they are automatically added to 2 channels: announcements and coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress..

Observations

The announcements channel is the default channel, and shares general WordPress announcements and information for all contributors. There is a clear purpose for all users to be added to this channel automatically.

The core channel is for discussion related to Core Team contributions and meetings. There is not a clear purpose for adding all users to this channel automatically.

There is no welcome message, onboarding or guidance available to users specific to the Making WordPress workspace once they are set up.

Discussion and Next Steps

We started discussing opportunities to modify and improve this experience. Ideas are being collected in a Google Doc. We will continue this discussion in our next meeting and welcome all input. Once we have our ideas organized, a proposal will be submitted 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/., and we will specifically request input from all Teams, as this affects everyone.

Next Meetings

Wednesday June 2, 2021 at TBD (Vote here) and 19:00UTC

#WPContributors