Announcement: Decision making checklist for in-person meetups now available

The Community Team now has new handbook pages that give guidance to 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. organizers thinking about whether or not they can host in-person meetups. Please understand that the team recognizes that it is still very unsafe to meet in person in many areas around the world. The vast majority of meetups will need to continue to be online. However, this new checklist will help meetups in areas that have more effectively contained COVID-19 (like New Zealand, Australia, and Taiwan) to begin meeting in person again. 

If you are a meetup organizer and would like to get the Community Team’s recommendation on whether you could proceed with an in-person meetup, please visit the following pages, now part of the Meetup Organizer Handbook.

  1. In-Person Meetup Decision Checklist Organizers can use this checklist to assess whether they can proceed with hosting in-person meetups, based on health authority data and organizer readiness. If you plan to move forward with an in-person meetup, you must submit this checklist to the Community team. 
  2. References and links to Health Authorities Because the checklist asks organizers to reference health authority data, the team has compiled a list of resources for organizers.
  3. Templates for Meetup OrganizersSome helpful language that meetup organizers can use to explain to members how in-person meetups happen (or not). 
  4. Report formIf an organizer or community member needs to connect with Community Team Deputies with concerns about local meetups, they can use this form.  

This checklist and process are new territory for the Community Team, in the face of a deeply challenging situation. As more people get vaccinated and regions are able to better address COVID-19, this process will need to evolve to reflect that, and to support the WordPress community’s other beloved in-person event formats (I miss you, WordCamps!). If anyone has questions or feedback on the current checklist and process, please do share that feedback by emailing support@wordcamp.org.  

My deepest gratitude to everyone who participated in the many discussions, and helped to thoughtfully think through and create this process now available to meetup organizers. Shout out and kudos to @sippis, @andreamiddleton, @evarlese, @jenniferswisher, @courtneypk, @harishanker, @kcristiano, @kdrewien, @nao, @_dorsvenabili, @jominney, @mariaojob, @tacoverdo, @ashiquzzaman, @adityakane, @samsuresh

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Proposal: Moving the Learn Working Group to Training

Back in August, the Learn WordPress platform, in its current state, had a soft launch. Since then, both the Training and Community teams have valiantly worked towards creating new content, improving and refining what’s already present on the site, and bringing on new contributors to help in these efforts.

With the current structure, we have the Training team and the Learn Working Group, housed under the Community Team, working simultaneously on Learn WordPress. Problematically, the two teams are not officially tied and, as such, it is not always easy to know what one another is working on. While there is some overlap from volunteers who are members of both teams, that overlap is not built-in by design. For such a large project that spans teams, this seems to be an opportunity to improve how we approach this work to bolster and strengthen our shared communication channels.

With all that in mind, I’d like to propose that the Learn Working Group be “formally” considered a cross-team working group to drive home the multi-team efforts, and that the group move its communications, meetings, agendas, et al. over to the Training team 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 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. This is also a great opportunity to refresh and refocus the working group to confirm the engagement of everyone involved, while also giving us an opportunity to revisit and modify some of our processes across teams as we grow closer towards an official launch of Learn WordPress.

While proactive communication is necessary for collaboration in any 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, there are a few benefits here that this transition would assist with:

  • A more natural link between historical conversations and decisions with future iterations of Learn WordPress.
  • Leveraging the existing structures and tools of the Training team, i.e. weekly team meetings at alternating times with a chat or update on Learn working group tasks.
  • For new contributors that join through their experiences on Learn WordPress, more seamless onboarding between contributing workshops and/or lesson plans.
  • A joint Handbook that covers contributions and guidelines that include both the existing documentation for lesson plans, and new documentation for workshops.

For working group members, Community, and Training team folks, how does this proposal sound?

Are there any reasons we would not want to do this?

Any benefits that are missing?

I would like to leave this post open for a week – until December 9, 2020 – for conversation, thoughts, and concerns, with the idea that we can come to a resolution before the new year, especially as we continue planning for future improvements, changes, and iterations on Learn WordPress.

Thank you so much to @courane01, @camikaos, @hlashbrooke, and @angelasjin for helping me write this proposal.

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Community Team Reps: Submit your Votes

In November, the Community team opened up nominations for new Community team reps for 2021. The poll is now open and ready for your vote!

What are team reps?

In the WordPress 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, each team has one or two (or more!) representatives, abbreviated as “reps”. On the Community team, we ask reps to commit to the role for a full calendar year.

Team reps are responsible for communicating on behalf of the group to the other contributor groups via weekly updates, as well as occasional chats. 

As a reminder, it is not called “team lead” for a reason. While the people elected as team reps will generally come from the pool of folks that people think of as experienced leaders, the team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. role is designed to change hands regularly.

This role does have a time commitment attached to it, at least one hour a week. The main tasks include:

  • Writing the agenda for the biweekly chat (example)
  • Run the chat (example)
  • Write the recap and post it in Updates
  • Keep an eye on the moving parts of the team and provide reports for quarterly updates (example).

Over the year, the team can decide to add one or two people to help, depending on how much work there is. For now, the Community team would like to elect two team reps for 2021. 

Where can I vote?

You can vote in the public poll here. You can vote for up to two people at the same time, but once you have submitted your vote you won’t be able to vote again.

This poll will remain open until Tuesday, December 22, after which team reps will be selected based on the votes received.

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Community Team goals for 2021: share your suggestions!

In January of this year, the global community team posted a request for suggestions for 2020 goals that saw a lot of substantive ideas and suggestions. Of course, this year turned out to be nothing like anyone expected, and COVID-19 forced us to entirely change the way we support the WordPress community. With in person events still on hold, and the brand new Learn WordPress platform being live, it seems timely to start the discussion on 2021 goals. 

If you’d like to see past brainstorming posts, we have them from 2020, 2018, 2017, and 2016.

Please consider this an open thread for suggestions about what this team ought to focus on and/or try to accomplish in 2021. As in past years, you are welcome to suggest ideas that have already been suggested in the past, or to propose things that are entirely new!

We will leave this post open for comments until Monday, December 14 to give everyone time to make their suggestions. After that, we will summarize all suggestions (example) and discuss as a group to set our priorities. If you would like to help summarize the suggestions, please reach out to @angelasjin on the Making WP 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/.!

What do you think the global community team should or could work on, to help further our mission to connect WordPress enthusiasts, inspire people to do more with WordPress, and contribute to the WordPress 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, in 2021? 

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Learn WordPress course planning

In order to make sure Learn WordPress is ready for a full launch, we need to work towards publishing content as soon as possible that can empower WordPress users to learn relevant and valuable skills. The best way to do that is by compiling courses that target specific learning outcomes. I proposed this on GitHub, so check that out for a deeper explanation of the data structure for this.

In this post, I’d like to explore some course outlines that we could use on Learn WordPress. For a full launch later this year, we need to have a minimum of two complete courses published on the site.

Alongside the course outlines below there are links to existing docs and lesson plans that could be used for people to record the workshops, as well as currently available workshops in some cases. The existing lesson plans and documentation make it very easy for anyone to record a workshop on the topic with minimal effort.

The course & workshop names aren’t set in stone – they’re just from initial brainstorming and this can all be evolved over time.

The feedback needed here is:

  1. Is there anything you would add/change about the course outlines listed here?
  2. Are there any additional courses you can think of that would be good to include?
  3. Which two courses should we make sure to have ready before we do a full, marketed launch of Learn WordPress before the end of 2020?
  4. Are there any workshops that you would like to be involved in creating/recording? If a lesson plan exists, then the workshop is simply using that as your script to record the workshop.

Please read through the proposed courses and outlines below and leave your feedback in the comments!

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