I sent this in as a feedback and was asked to post it here for everyone to weigh in on.
I was talking to people about the multiple 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/. community we have to join for WordCamps. While this is primarily an issue for people (like me) who attend/volunteer at multiple camps, having to join many independent slack channels is confusing, onerous, and annoying as we have to reset our preferences over and over. Setting TFA on a new slack is not super simple. Also there’s a concern about legitimacy (is this the REAL WordCamp 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. group etc etc).
I understand there’s an issue with the number of channels on WordPress.slack.com, so my suggestion is to use wordcamp.slack.com!
Then you can add groups like #nyc and #nycorganizers and so on. And make the admins of the community team admins so they can spin up new groups as needed, private or not, and so on. If there was a serious concern about years, you could make nyc2107 and so on, though in a perfect world it wouldn’t be needed.
The only ‘hard’ part would be making sure only organizers have access to a private channel, but then again, this would allow for oversight to make sure no one who shouldn’t have access has access.
Two years ago, the organizing team of WordCamp 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. Paris started using the WP Idea Stream 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 as part of its toolbox, for the intake of speaker applications and to streamline the deliberation process. This year, we also implemented the plugin as part of the process at WordCamp Europe, using only the latter aspect as it was implemented only after the call for papers was closed.
After working with WP Idea Stream for a total of three events, and getting feedback from numerous team members, we feel that this could be a real asset to WordCamps all over.
The purpose of this post is to:
- detail the current state of the plugin’s development,
- look at possible roadblocks of using it on a WordCamp site,
- and determine whether there is enough interest and enthusiasm from all interested parties to work toward a compatible version.
STATE OF THE STREAM
WP Idea Stream was developed by Mathieu Viet (imath on WordPress.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/), with help from Grégoire Noyelle (aglekis on WordPress.org), with the general purpose of sharing ideas between members of a WordPress site. In its “generic” state, the plugin is not fully adapted to the needs of a WordCamp. There is a custom PHP file that they developed in parallel, to add the necessary functions and modifications.
Key Features for applicants:
- Speakers can subscribe with basic user information, creating their own accounts
- The inscription can be customized to include all of the information usually asked of a speaker applicant: bio, twitter, .org username, email, etc.
- Once logged in, a user can submit one or more talks.
- The talk submission form includes: talk title, talk description, tags, categories.
- Categories can be used for talk formats (lengths of talks), or any other taxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. https://codex.wordpress.org/Taxonomies#Default_Taxonomies. need desired.
- Custom meta 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. can be added as needed. The custom PHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. http://php.net/manual/en/intro-whatis.php. file includes one for type of talk (design, dev, marketing, business), for example.
- Applicants can edit their talk, and admins can set a limit on the time (defaults to 1 hour but can be set to what needed see https://github.com/imath/wc-talk/blob/master/WP_PLUGIN_DIR/wp-idea-stream-custom.php#L896 )
- Applicants can view and update their personal information at any time.
- Applicants can view their talk proposals at any time.
- Applicants only have to submit personal info once, not once per talk.
Key features for organizers:
- The plugin can be configured for applications to be open until a specific date and time.
- The submissions are only visible to admins.
- Organizers can vote on talk proposals, using a 5 star rating (for which you can assign custom wording via the admin).
- The voting system displays the number of votes per talk, and the average rating.
- Organizers can comment on talk proposals.
- There is a sort feature allowing organizers to view talks by
- Most recent,
- Best voted,
- Most comments
- Proposals can be filtered by a tag or a category The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging..
- Organizers also have a per-user view, which shows them which talks they have voted on and which ones still need to be rated. This can be handy with dozens and dozens of proposals.
- Talk proposals can be exported as a CVS with their taxonomies and average ratings.
- The WordCamp Europe organizing team requested an option so that the average rating is only visible after an organizer votes, in order to avoid bias.
- User (applicant) inscriptions, because the plugin currently calls for users to be subscribed the WordPress site.
There are two ways to proceed in making WP Idea Stream a viable option for WordCamp sites:
- Fork it, and create a new, WordCamp-specific version
- Add all specific features as options that could be configured back-end.
- Or possibly a third option, if it would be acceptable to keep the custom.php file and install it alongside the plugin on the WordCamp network.
Complete list of features in the external custom functions file:
- Custom post type WordPress can hold and display many different types of content. A single item of such a content is generally called a post, although post is also a specific post type. Custom Post Types gives your site the ability to have templated posts, to simplify the concept. & taxonomy names and labeling as it appears in the admin.
- Specific signup process so that the user can choose between english or french for the site’s language
- Specific user role for speakers
- Various tweaks to make sure only Admins will be able to comment the talks (neutralization of post feed, comment notifications…)
- Specific postmetas
- Closing date for submissions
- Specific user’s profile tab to list the talks an admin still have to evaluate.
- Specific WP_List_Table column to include a simple workflow during final selection
We’re stoked about the idea of making WP Idea Stream available for all WordCamps! And we’re willing to put in the time and energy needed to get it there…
- Mathieu Viet (Lead dev)
- Veselin Nikolov (Dev)
- Jenny Beaumont (PM)
Jane and I had a great chat about what our hopes and dreams for this team can be. One of the things discussed is a Welcome Wagon.
For those unfamiliar with the term, a welcome wagon is a small organization that traditionally welcomes new people who move in to a neighbourhood. Often a basket is dropped off with some food, maps of the area and coupons for local businesses.
Since we are a virtual organization spread out all over the world, that’s not really possible, but there are some things we can do to make new members feel welcome and want to contribute.
What are some ways we can do this? Think back to other communities you have joined up in the past. What did they do that you really liked? I’d like to focus on positives here, instead of don’ts. 🙂
Some things I thought of which we might be able to do:
- a nice email when someone signs up for WordPress.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/, outlining both help resources and contribution areas
- a nice email once a certain threshold of forum posts occurs
- a nice “Congrats! Your patch is accepted and you’re now an official contributor!” kind of notice for when that situation occurs
- some way to team up new contributors with a buddy to show them the ropes
- have the front page of https://make.wordpress.org/ be a little more directional and specific. Right now it shows feeds from each team blog, but as a newbie, there’s no real explanation of where you should go or what to do.
- when a contributor submits a 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 or theme to the repo, a reminder that it now shows up on their profile
This is by no means a definitive list. 🙂 We’re looking for community feedback as well as possibilites.
The Community Summit we had last month made it clear that there are dozens of people ready and willing to pitch in to make the WordPress contributor community better: more welcoming, more informed, more empowered, more diverse, more of everything good in the world. This new contributor group, the community builders, will focus on outreach, mentorship programs, and contributor engagement to make us all the “more”s listed above and then some.
There are a number of ideas that are already being talked about or are in various stages of planning or implementation. There are even more ideas that no one has verbalized yet, and some of those will be incredibly cool. To get this group kicked off, people interested in getting involved should leave a comment introducing themselves, identifying their greatest area of interest, and listing any good ideas for things we could do in the mission of the “more”s.
A note on timing: starting a big initiative right as the Nov-Dec holidays are starting is a recipe for disaster, so let’s plan to use the coming weeks for introductions, research, brainstorming, and planning, with implementation starting with the new year when people’s attention won’t be so divided. We can figure out which things we want to jump on first and create subcommittees to focus on specific initiatives/programs so that we can make the most progress. Since many if not most of our programs will likely overlap with other contributor groups, we can also use these weeks to help shore up those groups in their efforts to get more organized, better documented, etc before we start bringing in more contributors for them to wrangle.
Sound like something you want to be part of? Hit the comments!