From the conversations I’ve had so far with staff and 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., one of the big things that keeps coming up is that there’s no good way to know who’s doing what, what’s been done, issues arising with a specific city or person, etc. Some people know some things, some people know others, and no one has a good overall picture of where things stand. Yesterday I learned that Brandon, our most active deputy 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., didn’t know the payments plugin 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 existed, for example. So we need to step our communication game.
Each day, a script will post a simple “[Day] #daily-updates” thread. If you are doing deputy/mentor 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. stuff for the community team that day, when you knock off, please post a short recap as a comment. This way, everyone can get a general sense of what’s going on in the program with a quick skimming of the comments, and if anything catches someone’s eye that warrants questions or discussion, they can bring it up.
Note: Please don’t use this as a to-do list, use it as a to-done list. If it’s a to-do list, it doesn’t really help anyone know where things are at, just where they’d be in a utopian world where no one ever runs out of time to get things done. 🙂
Not sure what I mean by short recap? Here are a few examples based on the kinds of things it sounds like people are doing.
- Vetted WC applications for Pleasantville, Star City, and Hogsmeade. All look good to go.
- Vetted WC application from Gotham City. Have some questions about the organizer’s plugin business, emailed applicant to get more info.
- Did WC orientation hangout with organizers from Riverdale and Keystone City, approved both to move forward, and sent/received organizer agreements.
- Set up WC listing and sites for Riverdale and Keystone City.
- Checked in with organizers from Hub City (Victor Sage) and Blue Valley (Kid Flash). Victor’s is moving along and about to announce the speaker lineup. Kid is having some trouble with his team — his sponsor wrangler Someone, usually a person part of event organizing team, who looks after certain things like budget or sponsors. hasn’t been active despite repeated requests from Kid, and he’s concerned about money and local relationships being an issue. Suggested sending an email to 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. group asking for a 2nd sponsor wrangler to step in, and he plans to do that tomorrow.
- Vetted a WC application from Coast City, where there is no meetup. Hal (the applicant) looks legit, so replied to him about starting a Meetup group first. He pinged me on Slack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. right away, so we went through the guidelines and I set up the Coast City WordPress Meetup. He’ll be scheduling the first event within the next 3 days.
- Checked site for WC Symkaria. Everything looks good, no GPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing https://wordpress.org/about/license/. The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license https://www.gnu.org/licenses/copyleft.en.html. This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. issues among speakers or sponsors. All sponsors are listed on the sponsors page appropriately, didn’t see any issues with IRS rules.
- Made 10 payments to vendors for Hill Valley, Stepford, and Cabot Grove.
- Initiated a wire to a vendor for Kryptonopolis, but the confirmation message looked weird. Going to check n it tomorrow, will call bank if there’s a problem.
- Received organizer agreements from Lisa in Springfield and Ahghairon in Waterdeep. Created WC Central listings and set up sites and email, sent budget templates.
(Wondering about the #daily-updates at the beginning? I’ve asked @kovshenin to switch this site over to the o2 setup now that it’s released on github GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/. That will give us some built in tagging and formatting among other features, so we wrote the post for the script with that in mind.)
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Hit the comments.
Of note to anyone about to suggest that it would be easier if we just had a tracking app with all these tasks and who’s doing them — I’ve asked @kovshenin to look into options for that, too, so if you know of good pre-existing tools for this kind of thing that are open 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., let us know, Otherwise we’ll build something.