Summary of Recent Community Swag Discussions

We have two topics on swag that have been discussed recently, and the post is to summarize the conversations we’ve had thus far.

Swag for Meetup Groups

There’s a concern amongst 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 about keeping up with the increase in numbers of members joining their groups. Meetup groups have been experiencing lots of growth since the launch of the Events and News widgetWidget A WordPress Widget is a small block that performs a specific function. You can add these widgets in sidebars also known as widget-ready areas on your web page. WordPress widgets were originally created to provide a simple and easy-to-use way of giving design and structure control of the WordPress theme to the user., which is great! But how do we adjust the swag distribution process to keep up?

The top two Ideas:

  • Increase the amount of swag we send to meetup groups (sending a pack of 200 instead of the standard 100-pack).
  • Shorten the 18 month limit that we currently have on meetup groups ordering swag, perhaps to every 6–12 months.

Also suggested:

  • Increase the frequency of how often we re-stock the items (buttons and stickers) for the swag packs (we currently restock twice a year, so we have the 18-month limit for requests in order to ensure all groups are able to obtain swag).
  • Consider meetup groups’ requests on a case-by-case basis (and not depend on a set month limit).
  • Instruct organizers to use print on demand options locally (or at least in their region). They would be provided with the print files and they should find a local vendor to print the swag for them. However, there’s a concern about logistics and reimbursements.

Contributor Badges as Stickers for All

Many organizers are interested in providing stickers with the Contributor Badges to people that participate in Contributor Days. Lots of people like the idea of having these stickers, but the question is: how to get them created and distributed?

Although there has been a concern in the past if people receiving Contributor team badges as buttons or stickers are actually contributors, it seems like most organizers aren’t concerned about that anymore. The badge on a .org profile is what indicates a contributor, not the swag.

One of the initial ideas was to do a bulk order and distribute to a few WordCamps that have budgeted for this cost. Although this is a fair option, the comments didn’t express much support for this idea.

The idea was also raised to provide these as standard swag to WordCamps that host Contributor Days, and the cost would be covered by WordPress Community Support. It was suggested that distribution could then be done by the team lead(s) at 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/.. It sounds like everyone seems to support the idea of doing this, so it’s now a matter of figuring out how to do it.

Next steps

It’s likely that we will not be making a final decision on swag items for the community until the end of this year, but I will be sure to post an update here when we do. Until then, the process will remain mostly the same. Thanks for the great discussion!

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Swag for Meetup Groups

We currently have a policy that WordPress Chapter 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. groups who have not received swag in the past 18 months are eligible for to receive a 100-pack of WordPress swag (which contains 100 stickers and 100 buttons with the WordPress logo). The reason we have this policy is because we usually restock swag with that 18 month cycle in mind. However, it’s possible that we need to scale that up if lots of organizers are experiencing unusual growth in their groups.

Do you think that this is of concern, especially as more Meetup groups experience growth, and as we’re seeing more new Meetup groups being created?

If so, what solution(s) would you suggest? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

UPDATE: We intend on coming to a decision on this on Friday, 21 July, soon after the Community Team meeting. Please chime in with any suggestions or opinions in the comments before then. Thanks!

#meetups, #swag

Swag Report 5/30/16 – 6/05/16

Lanyard 100 packs sent: 1

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. Winnipeg:1

Button & sticker 200 packs sent: 1

WordCamp Winnipeg: 1

Button & sticker 100 packs sent: 1

Buea, Cameroon 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.: 1

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Swag Report 5/23/16 – 5/29/15

Lanyard 100 packs sent: 4

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. OKC: 1
WordCamp Ottawa: 3

Button & sticker 200 packs sent: 2

WordCamp OKC: 1
WordCamp Ottawa: 1

Button & sticker 100 packs sent: 1

Buea, Cameroon 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.: 1

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Swag report 5/16/16- 5/22/16

Lanyard 100 packs sent: 7

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. OC: 4
WordCamp NEO: 3

Button & sticker 200 packs sent: 2

WordCamp OC: 1
WordCamp NEO: 1

Button & sticker 100 packs sent: 1

Hanoi 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.: 1

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Swag report 5/9/16 – 5/15/16

It was a slow week in the land of swag.

Lanyard 100 packs sent: 0

Button & sticker 200 packs sent: 0

Button & sticker 100 packs sent: 0

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Swag report 5/2/16 – 5/8/16

Lanyard 100 packs sent: 8

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. Kansas City: 3
WordCamp Bhopal: 5

Button & sticker 200 packs sent: 2

WordCamp Kansas City: 1
WordCamp Bhopal: 1

Button & sticker 100 packs sent: 1

Bhopal 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.: 1

#community-management, #meetup, #swag, #wordcamp

Swag Report 4/25/16 – 5/1/16

Lanyard 100 packs sent: 3

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. Asheville: 3

Button & sticker 200 packs sent: 1

WordCamp Asheville: 1

Button & sticker 100 packs sent: 0

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Swag Report 4/18/16 – 4/24/16

Lanyard 100 packs sent: 21
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: 21

Button & sticker 200 packs sent: 5
WordCamp Europe: 5

Button & sticker 100 packs sent: 4
Kailua-Kona 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.: 1
La Plata Meetup: 1
Cordoba Meetup: 1
Buenos Aires Meetup: 1

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Swag Report: 4/11/16 – 4/17/16

Lanyard 100 packs sent: 0

Button & sticker 200 packs sent: 0

Button & sticker 100 packs sent: 0

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