WordCamp US 2018 Contributor Day Recap

This year at WCUS Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. we had an incredibly productive day and lots of help from new contributors!

We had quite the ambitious list and we did really good! Here is what we worked on and next steps:

  1. Making process diagrams for processes described in our handbooks – The team started working on an outline for a diagram for sponsorship, next step is collaborating with design. The goal was to make the process of interacting with sponsor easier for organisers and more collaborative with sponsors. It’s my understanding that this is quite a complex project, we definitely need someone to take ownership of this to move forward.
  2. Organising the Trello board. Oh my! We have a TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing. board with procedures thanks to a great group of new contributors that landed their project management expertise to the project! I will check with them to see if they are done and then I think we can start using it on January and test for 6 months as initially planned.
  3. Review of the deputy training materials. This is also quite a big project and we shall see how to proceed and who has the bandwith to take this on.
  4. Search through meetup.com for interesting/unusual 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. event formats/topics that could be recommended in future meetup organiser newsletter – Now there is a whole spreadsheet full of ideas!
  5. Summarise proposed 2018 goals – We have now a spreadsheet. Next step is checking what has been done and what has not been done: good base for our 2019 list of desiderata and goals.
  6. Adding email templates for responding to life-threatening allergy and a11yAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) needs notifications to the handbooks. Here they are! What’s next? How can we automate the first email to the attendee based on their selection?
  7. Last, but definitely not least: 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. Tel Aviv sent an application for 2019 🥳

I assume the next few weeks might be a bit slower than usual, with many countries (albeit not all of them) observing Christmas, New Year, etc… So I will add a reminder to myself to check with the people after January 7th to see if they will continue with the tasks and how things are going.

If anyone is interested in working on some of the initiatives you see listed, please leave a comment, so we can move forward in 2019.

Thanks everyone for making WordPress!

#contributor-day, #goals

WCUS 2018 is here! Community Team Plans for Contributor Day

Hi Team!

Here is the list of what we aim to work on at 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. US Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/., on Sunday, December 9.

Tasks for experienced contributors

  • making process diagrams for processes described in our handbooks@estelaris started working on this at WCEU and she is available to help continue
  • organising the Trello board – @wolfpaw volunteered to take the lead on this
    • Brainstorm with other teams that are using TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing.: how they got started, how do they encourage its use, etc…
  • work on documentation from our “needs documentation” list
  • run a real-time deputy training discussion group for anyone who’s interested in becoming a deputy and has finished the deputy training quizzes. @courtneypk is available to move forward this task. See:
  • application vetting sprint. See:

Tasks for less experienced contributors

  • search through meetup.com event titles and list suggestions for interesting/unusual 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. event formats/topics that could be recommended in future meetup organiser newsletters
  • summarise 2017 accomplishments
  • summarise proposed 2018 goals, check if someone is actively working on them and add them to Trello.
  • adding email templates for responding to life-threatening allergy and a11yAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) needs notifications to the handbooks. See comments in this post for reference. @wolfpaw can help with this as well!

Team Facilitators

@francina, @miss_jwo and @kcristiano will be there, plus a number of experienced contributors who will be available to help you and answer to your questions about getting involved with the Community Team.

See you in Nashville!

#contributor-day, #goals

WordCamp US 2018 – Community Team Plans

Hi Team!

We have 60 days before Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. at 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. US happens, I’d say it’s time for plans!

And since we couldn’t really do much at WordCamp Europe, due to the lack of wi-fi, I suggest we reuse the plans we had for June 😉

We also need to decide who is going to lead the table and coordinate with @aaroncampbell

Ideas for experienced contributors

  • run a real-time mentorship training for any experienced WordCamp organisers who want to be trained as mentors. See:
  • making process diagrams for processes described in our handbooks
  • organising the Trello board
    • Brainstorm with other teams that are using TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing.: how they got started, how do they encourage its use, etc…
  • work on documentation from our “needs documentation” list
  • run a real-time deputy training discussion group for anyone who’s interested in becoming a deputy and has finished the deputy training quizzes. See:
  • application vetting sprint. See:

Ideas for less experienced contributors

  • search through meetup.com event titles and list suggestions for interesting/unusual 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. event formats/topics that could be recommended in future meetup organiser newsletters
  • summarise 2017 accomplishments
  • summarise proposed 2018 goals, check if someone is actively working on them and add them to Trello.
  • adding email templates for responding to life-threatening allergy and a11yAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) needs notifications to the handbooks. See comments in this post for reference. PingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” Attendee Services Team from WCEU for help
  • translate the replies in HelpScout to different languages (cross team effort with Polyglots)

Things that probably will not happen but if they do it would be great! 

  • Either publish something about the team structure and the decision making process or kill it forever (since without doing anything formal we changed completely the way we operate in the past 12 months I am inclined to kill it, but might be worth to have one final brief discussion for closure)

Have more ideas? Please add them to the comments and before the event I will put everything in a nice list so we can work through it during Contributor Day!

#contributor-day, #goals

WordCamp Europe 2018 – Squad Goals

In a previous post we collected ideas for projects we could tackle together diring Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. at 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 2018. We had a couple of comments and we threw a few ideas around during our most recent chat (recap to be done).

Thanks mainly to @andreamiddleton we have a number of tasks, now we need some “squad” leads. I will pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” some of you in the comments and 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/. to see if you are up to leading one of the initiatives.

I will also add a card for each task in the brand new Trello board for the Community Team. The TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing. board is a work in project and I just started it, bare with me… we will ask someone from the Marketing Team how they manage theirs so we can get up to speed asap.

Here is the list of the tasks: for each one I tried to add the relevant links so we don’t have to waste time looking for them on the day. If there is already someone attached to the task I added their names as well.

Ideas for experienced contributors

Ideas for less experienced contributors

  • Search through meetup.com event titles for ones that have run the Speaker Training (and/or Diversity Outreach) materials and aren’t in our spreadsheet yet (@tinat@jillbinder)
  • search through meetup.com event titles and list suggestions for interesting/unusual 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. event formats/topics that could be recommended in future meetup organizer newsletters
  • test and help write documentation for the personalized schedule tool (@psykro)
  • create a list of groups (sorted geographically) working on diversity and inclusion in tech, as a resource for WordPress groups that want to do diversity outreach
  • summarize 2017 accomplishments (@francina + @bph)
  • summarize proposed 2018 goals, check if someone is actively working on them and add them to Trello.
  • adding email templates for responding to life-threatening allergy and a11yAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) needs notifications to the handbooks. See comments in this post for reference. Work with Attendee Services Team from WCEU
  • write a “How to build a diverse speaker roster” handbook page (@tinat@jillbinder)
  • translate the replies in HelpScout to different languages (cross team effort with Polyglots)
  • Meetup organisers round table. (@bph) Recaps and next steps:

Things that probably will not happen but if they do it would be great!

  • Start a conversation with @chanthaboune about team representatives: expectations, tasks, number of people involved (@francina + @hlashbrooke)
  • Start a conversation with @jennybeaumont about the WordCamp Talks project
  • Either publish something about the team structure and the decision making process or kill it forever (since without doing anything formal we changed completely the way we operate in the past 12 months I am inclined to kill it, but might be worth to have one final brief discussion for closure):@francina + @chanthaboune + @andreamiddleton + @miss_jwo (people that attended the previous discussion at WCUS)
  • Work on the “Community Team – Meet up emails” that was started at WordCamp London. I will ping the people that were present there to see if they are interested in continuing with the task

#wceu, #wceu-contributorday

#goals

2018 goals for the global community team: suggestions time!

Here on the global community team, for the past couple of years we’ve started off January by suggesting and discussing what we’d like to accomplish as a group over the next 12 months. (Here are the brainstorming posts for 2017 and 2016.) It’s January again, so let’s start talking about 2018 goals! 🙂

Please consider this an open thread for suggestions about what this team ought to focus on and/or try to accomplish in 2018. Once the group has had time to make suggestions, we’ll recruit someone to summarize all the suggestions (example), and then discuss as a group, to set priorities.

What would do you think the global community team should work on, in 2018?

#goals

2017 Goals

Many people have an annual habit of thinking about what they have accomplished in the past year and what they would like to accomplish in the next year. Whether you have great ideas about streamlining deputy work or you’ve got a running list of updates you’d like in the documentation, this is the time to share!

Join in the conversation about what we want to see for the community (WordCamps, Meetups, et al) in 2017 by commenting below.

This is a brainstorming thread so all ideas are welcome; grouping and prioritizing will come next! Here is the 2016 goals post in case you want to check it out: https://make.wordpress.org/community/2015/12/22/2016-goals/
#community-management, #goals

2016 Goals

I think it would be helpful for us to set some team goals for 2016 that we can use to guide how we prioritize work and projects. Let’s consider this an open thread for making suggestions for what we ought to focus on and/or try to accomplish in 2016, and then I’ll turn it into a survey so we can all weigh on on which things are most important.

What do you really want to see happen on this team in 2016?

#community-management, #goals