For the second half of this year, I’ve been working on improving the overall Community Team experience with a particular focus on the onboarding experience. I stared by updating the Welcome Box, moved on to the sidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme., cleaned up the Team Projects, and then dove into the Handbooks.
With the Handbooks:
- simplified the language
- made information easier to find
- updates to the content as needed
- created evergreen information where I could (that’s reusable content not tied to a date)
- I prioritized the Meetup 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 handbook to help our Meetup Reactivation teams and the general Community Team handbook as it’s the heart of who we are (and short).
The Meetup Organizer handbook now has
- a Table of Contents
- numbered pages (at least internally)
- easier-to-find information particularly about getting started and stepping down
Basically, I continued to add documentation to answer questions and fill in gaps where I could, something our entire team has been committed to this year, and will continue as long as we’re here.
Finally, all of the COVID guidelines are updated and pointed to more evergreen locations. Thanks, @patricia70, for noticing that needed to be done!
In fact, I’d like to thank everyone who’s offered opinions and suggested improvements throughout the year. Please keep it up! For now, if you see an area that could be improved, please feel free to leave a comment on this post. Updates won’t be my main focus for 2023, but it’s something I’d like to continue working on.
I’m also excited to continue improving our onboarding experiences. I have some small ideas that I hope will be quite fun, and I’m always open to suggestions!
In November 2021, the WordPress Global 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. requested suggestions for Community team goals for 2022.
Several community members offered excellent goals for our team to consider. Since our team is relatively low on bandwidth in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, our goal was to filter 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. through the list of submitted goals and finalize a short list of achievable but impactful goals in 2022.
In order to get there, the team discussed these goals in community team chats and also conducted some face-to-face open discussion sessions over zoom. I would like to thank everyone who participated in these discussions and helped us finalize some goals for our team!
From amongst all the suggestions we received, we have finalized a list of five overarching goals for the team to pursue this year.
Unlike previous years, we decided to go slow with our goals. Our objective is to focus on goals that are both achievable and impactful, especially at a period where our team is slowly coming back in action organizing in-person events.
Our 2022 Goals:
- Support the return of in-person events
- Check-in and reactivate WordPress Meetup 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. Chapters worldwide
- Increase training and support for Deputies Community Program Supporters (formerly Deputies) are a team of people worldwide who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about program supporters in our Program Supporter Handbook. and Mentors Event Supporter (formerly Mentor) is 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.
- Work on efforts to improve diversity and inclusion within our community
- Create more opportunities for community members to interact with each other
How You Can Help!
Interested in helping us out this year? Awesome! Take one, or all, of these next steps:
- Read on to learn more about our 2022 goals.
- Share in the comments below the top three items you are interested in contributing to.
- Participate in upcoming Community Team meetings on Thursdays at 12:00 UTC and 21:00 UTC in the #community-team channel on Slack to connect with other contributors working on similar goals.
If you would like to see more context for these goals, please visit the public Trello board.
Willing to Lead?
The Community Team will also need contributors to coordinate and organize efforts! If you have the time to take on this role, please share in the comments which goals you would like to help lead.
Read on to learn all about our 2022 goals in more detail!