Announcing the 2023 Community Team Goals

Based on feedback and conversation, we have narrowed down the submitted ideas into three goals for 2023.

  1. Create resources to improve our Contributor Event experience.
  2. Expand our contributor training and support.
  3. Improve processes and workflows within the community team to work more efficiently, effectively, and transparently together.

Individual projects can be found on the Community team Trello board and you are welcome to claim one as  your own. Many of those projects fall under these three areas of focus.

If there is a particular goal you are interested in working on, but there isn’t currently a project that fits you, let the team know. We will work together to find a way that you can contribute toward that goal.

If you have any questions or concerns about these goals, share them. We’re happy to discuss it with you.


Thanks to @leogopal, @nukaga, and everyone else who shared ideas and opinions.

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Community Team Goals for 2023: Call for Suggestions

It’s time to add your voice to what you’d like to see the Community Team accomplish as a group for 2023. As you can see in brainstorming posts from 2021202020182017, and 2016, every year we collected and shortlisted a long list of goals for our team.

This is an open thread for suggestions about what this team ought to focus on and/or try to accomplish this year. It’s ok to include:

  • Ideas that have already been suggested in the past
  • Propose things that maybe no one has ever mentioned.

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. We’ll close comments on February 2.

Because of the short time frame, we’re looking at splitting the goal planning into two phase. We’d like to plan an initial set of goals for the first half of 2023 and then open the conversation again in May for the second half of the year. That doesn’t mean we can’t have overarching goals for all of to 2023. It simply opens our thinking to short term initiatives while also making sure that we are tracking our progress throughout a long and busy year.

Consider these as you think through your suggestions:

  • What would do you think the global community teamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps. should or could work on?
  • What would help further our mission to connect WordPress enthusiasts?
  • What would inspire people to do more with WordPress?
  • How can we encourage contribution 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 2023? 

Comment below!!

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Proposal: [Experiment] Adopt Standardised Team-wide Project Management Tools – already utilised by other Make Teams for a Quarter.

This proposal is focused towards improving our project management and goal and progress tracking by using the same transparent tools that other Make Teams already utilise.

Background and Skeleton

Currently we have many spreadsheets, 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. boards, 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/. groups and many other disparate ways of working on our various ongoing projects outside of helpscout.

From my personal experience having returned as a Community DeputyProgram Supporter 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. and now as Community 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., I believe that the first action – before further planning and goals discussions – is to standardise and fully utilize the power of the tools already available to us. We can benefit by learning from other teams that already consistently use these tools.

…and possibly this demo of a Make Community Team →

Benefits of adopting GithubGitHub 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/:

GitHub is a powerful and widely-used platform for project management and issue tracking already in full use by @WordPress.

Adopting GitHub for these purposes within the Community Team would bring a number of benefits, including:

  1. Improved collaboration and communication: GitHub provides a central location for team members to access and work on project tasks and issues, as well as a built-in system for commenting, tracking progress, and assigning tasks. This makes it easy for team members to stay informed about the progress of a project and to contribute to it, even when working remotely.
  2. Increased transparency and accountability: With GitHub, team members can easily see the progress of tasks and issues, as well as who is responsible for them. This increased transparency helps to ensure that everyone is on the same page and that tasks and issues are not falling through the cracks.
  3. Better organization and prioritization: GitHub provides a number of tools for organizing and prioritizing tasks and issues, such as labels, milestones, and project boards. These tools make it easy for team members to understand what needs to be done and when, and to focus their efforts on the most important tasks.
  4. Standardisation: By adopting GitHub for project management and issue tracking, the Community Team will standardize our way of working, making it easier for new team members to get up to speed and enabling more effective cross-team collaboration. This standardization also makes it easier for Community Team members to track progress, identify issues and make data-driven decisions.

Overall, adopting GitHub for project management and issue tracking would bring improved collaboration, increased transparency, better organization, and standardization, ultimately leading to a more efficient and effective team.

Next Steps, the Experiment:

I propose we adopt these tooling methods similar to other make teams, and experiment with its usage for a month, having monthly meetings reviewing its success or not, and gathering data for more data-driven decision making

If after the first Quarter the consensus is that this does not suit our team, we will revert back to initial project and tracking practices and explore more.

Update: Other teams using github already were kind enough to share some of the resources they use and workflows which would be extremely beneficial should we move forward with this adoption standard.


Proposal Adoption Feedback Form

Please comment on this proposal!

What excites you about potential Community Team adoption of GitHub?

What concerns do you have?



Thanks to @mysweetcate @juliarosia @megabyterose @peiraisotta for their help editing, offering invaluable advice, and their support for this proposal by @leogopal

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Community Team 2022 Goals Recap

Throughout 2022, the Community Team has been focused on a wide range of goals. These goals encompassed improvements to our programs and projects, creating new educational content, and improved outreach and coordination across the various sub-groups of the team.

  1. Support the return of in-person events
  2. Check-in and reactivate WordPress MeetupMeetup 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. Chapters worldwide
  3. Increase training and support for DeputiesProgram Supporter 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. and MentorsEvent Supporter 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.
  4. Work on efforts to improve diversity and inclusion within our community
  5. Create more opportunities for community members to interact with each other

Return of In-Person Events

Throughout 2022, the Community Team has been discussing how to safely return to in-person events. In January, the team published updated guidelines for in-person events. The WordCamp Handbook and Meetup Handbook are up-to-date with the decisions from the ongoing discussion.

We are also supporting event organizers by having open discussions about the challenges and hopes for the future with returning to in-person events.

In 2022, we had 22 in-person WordCamps, along with 3 which were online. At the moment, we have 12 WordCamps on the schedule, plus our in-person Community Summit. 16 more WordCamps are in pre-planning stages and 7 are pending review from the Community DeputiesProgram Supporter 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.. ✨ Kudos to @peiraisotta for gathering these stats!

Meetup Chapter Reactivations

The Meetup Reactivation project has been underway since July. At the start of the reactivation project, 416 of the chapters were identified as dormant. Thanks to the help of 41 contributors:

  • 126 Meetup chapters have been reactivated
  • 15 additional MeetupsMeetup 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. have plans to reactivate
  • 16 dormant Meetup chapters were removed

Need help to reengage your community, or assistance in finding new ideas for your Meetup events?

Reach out to the Meetup Support team at meetup-support@wordcamp.org!

Check out the latest Meetup Reactivation update shared by @juliarosia!

Community Team Training

We have had 5 Community Team Training sessions over Zoom, covering the Deputy program, Meetup/WordCamp application vetting, WordPress events organizing, WordCamp processes, and active listening.

Kudos to @samsuresh for kicking off and coordinating/facilitating the Community Team Training series (previously known as DeputyProgram Supporter 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. and Organizer Training). 💥

WP Diversity

Program 1: Underrepresented Voices Speaker Workshops: Increase in public speaking confidence: 54%

Program 2: How to Organize Inclusive and Welcoming WordPress Events: Increase in feeling prepared to run an inclusive event: 40%

Program 3: Speaker support and speaking opportunities (#diverse-speaker-support 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): over 225 speakers, speaker mentors, event organizers, and allies in the Slack channel.

Held 15 workshops, which reached: 248 participants from 117 cities, across 32 countries.

Increased number of contributors to the team

  • 2020-2021: 5 contributors
  • 2021-2022: 32 contributors

Speaker workshop materials are in English, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian

Community Engagement

Community Summit

The 2023 WordPress Community Summit was announced for August 22-23 in National Harbor, DC, UAS. This event will bring together WordPress contributors, team leads, and diverse community voices to discuss the challenges and clarify the vision for WordPress in the years ahead.

Suggest a Community Summit topic by January 16, 2023! 📝

Other Activities

Another goal mentioned in our 2022 goals announcement post was to implement a revised Camera Kit program in Europe, which will be available beginning in January 2023! Shout out to @sippis for the hard work on this. 💪

With a new Contributor Handbook, a new Community Code of Conduct was introduced in 2022! In support of the new code of conductCode of Conduct “A code of conduct is a set of rules outlining the norms, rules, and responsibilities or proper practices of an individual party.” - Wikipedia, incident response training was made available to anyone interested in learning more. Additionally, a new cohort led by @angelasjin and @juliarosia was announced and run, creating the WordPress community’s first Incident Response team. 

Looking Towards 2023

There were so many great ideas submitted for 2022 which I’d like to highlight for us to keep in mind when we move into the new year:

  • Organize regular Deputy and MentorEvent Supporter 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. roundtables on a monthly basis with a focus on learning.
  • Finalize and launch the Code of Conduct (CoCCode of Conduct “A code of conduct is a set of rules outlining the norms, rules, and responsibilities or proper practices of an individual party.” - Wikipedia) Training for Deputies.
  • Identify gaps and start working on revamping our existing contributor training, with a goal of eventually moving them to Learn.WordPress.orgWordPress.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/
  • Formalize the contributor path for the Community Team and make community members aware of leadership and growth opportunities.
  • Plan regular Community Organizer check-ins.

The following goals are ongoing and should be continued:

  • Encourage community organizers in different locales to apply as Mentors or Deputies.
  • Find ways to make sure that community organizers stay updated.
  • Explore new event formats.

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Community Team Goals 2022: Open Discussion Sessions

Toward the end of last year, the Community Team opened a call for suggestions for the 2022 Community team goals. As you can see from the comments on that post, lots of great suggestions were made! 

2022 is a unique year for the Community Team due to the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, which seems to have no end! Last year, the team was lucky enough to have some excellent suggested goals, but due to the challenging nature of the year, we were not able to get to most of them. With that in mind, in 2022, let us try to finalize a small list of high-impact goals that will support and empower our resilient community. As team representatives, @samsuresh and I are going to attempt a process to gather more information around suggested goals and finalize high-impact action items for 2022, in a collaborative way. 

At this time, all suggested goals have been added to a public Community Team 2022 Goals Trello board as separate cards. Everyone is invited to open cards and add additional detail to the goal, such as (but not limited to):

  • What makes the goal important/what kind of impact the goal will have if met
  • What kind of resources the team would need to achieve the goal
  • What historical context might be important to understanding the goal
  • Whether there are any perceived barriers
  • Whether the goal is both measurable and achievable in 2022

Help us finalize the Community Team goals for 2022

Along with this Trello board, some open discussion sessions are being planned. In these discussion sessions, deputiesProgram Supporter 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. and community team members can join to chat, ask questions about specific goals, and add details to goal cards together. 

Two of these discussions will be held as text chats during the Community Team meeting in the #community-team channel of the Make/WordPress 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/., on February 3 (Thursday).

In addition to these discussions, we are also planning synchronous discussions over video on February 10, 2022, at the same timings:

All of you are cordially invited to join us for the Community Team goal discussion sessions! 

You can either join us in Slack during the Community Team chats being held on February 3 (if you don’t have a Slack account yet, please visit: https://make.wordpress.org/chat/ to create one) or participate in our video discussions on February 10th.

If you would like to join us for the goals discussion over video on February 10th, please comment on this post expressing your interest in participating. You can also DM @samsuresh or me to participate. Details of these calls are already available in the Community DeputyProgram Supporter 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. calendar. 

Our Trello board will remain open until Monday, February 14, so that even if you aren’t able to participate in the discussion sessions, you’ll still have a few days to add your comments to 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. By Friday, February 18, the Community DeputiesProgram Supporter 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. will summarize our 2022 Community Team goals in a new post on our team blog.

Have any questions on the process? Do you wish to participate in the goal-setting process? Let us know in the comments! 

This post was written jointly by @samsuresh and I (@harishanker).

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2022 Goals for the Community Team: Suggestions Invited

As 2021 is slowly coming to an end (can you believe it?) it is time to start thinking about the Community Team’s goals for 2022. While 2021 felt like a continuation of 2020, we did see some exciting changes on the horizon, especially as we paved way for the return of in-person WordPress meetups, WordCamps, and do_action charity hackathons. I feel that 2022 will be a pivotal year for our team as we begin to see a return to in-person events after nearly 18 months of online events. Hence, it seems prudent that the team starts thinking of its 2022 goals early on.

This post is intended as an open thread for suggestions for our 2022 team goals. Please share your ideas on what our team should try to accomplish in 2022. Ideas that were suggested in the past and new ideas are welcome. 

As you can see in brainstorming posts from 2021, 2020, 2018, 2017, and 2016, every year we collected and shortlisted a long list of goals for our team. However, the team often fell short of meeting these goals. As we are on the cusp of a challenging (and exciting!) year, it feels more prudent to have a small set of achievable goals that will help us find a direction for our team.

While all ideas are welcome, we request you to focus on high-level goals that are achievable, which will set the direction for our growth as we step into a new year.

We will leave this post open for comments until December 6, 2021 (Monday) December 13 (Monday) to give everyone time to make their suggestions. After that, we will be organizing brainstorming sessions to summarize the suggestions and filterFilter Filters are one of the two types of Hooks https://codex.wordpress.org/Plugin_API/Hooks. They provide a way for functions to modify data of other functions. They are the counterpart to Actions. Unlike Actions, filters are meant to work in an isolated manner, and should never have side effects such as affecting global variables and output. them into a short set of high-level goals for our team.

If you would like to be involved in the goal setting process, please comment on this post expressing your interest, OR reach out to @sippis or @harishanker in the Make WordPress 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 would you think the Global Community TeamGlobal Community Team A group of community organizers and contributors who collaborate on local events about WordPress — monthly WordPress meetups and/or annual conferences called WordCamps. should focus on, in 2022? Let us know in the comments!

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The following fine folks contributed to this post: @angelasjin, @kcristiano, @_dorsvenabili, and @sippis

The Community Deputy Round Table is Coming in June

One of the WordPress Community SupportWordPress Community Support WordPress Community Support PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation, created specifically to be the financial and legal support for WordCamps, WordPress Meetup groups, and any additional “official” events organized within the WordPress Community Events program. (WPCSWPCS The collection of PHP_CodeSniffer rules (sniffs) used to format and validate PHP code developed for WordPress according to the WordPress Coding Standards. May also be an acronym referring to the Accessibility, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, etc. coding standards as published in the WordPress Coding Standards Handbook.) team goals for Q1&Q2 is to host an online deputyProgram Supporter 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. round table.

On Monday, March 29th, Ryan Marks and I co-hosted a gathering of Advisory Team members to begin shaping ideas and goals for an online Community DeputyProgram Supporter 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. Round Table in June 2021.

Project Co-Leads: Kathy Drewien (@kdrewien), Ryan Marks (@rmarks)
Advisory Team: Angela Jin (@angelasjin), Junko Nukaga (@nukaga), Kevin Cristiano (@kcristiano), Mary Job (@mariaojob), Sam Suresh (@samsuresh), and Timi Wahalahti (@sippis)

In alignment with the team goals, and to share ideas and experiences, make connections, and support each other, we hope to achieve the following:

  1. Deepen connections between DeputiesProgram Supporter 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. and build stronger relationships.
  2. Boost and clarify the role of Deputies within the WordPress community.
  3. Facilitate understanding of how/where/when Deputies can contribute and find support.

Format: Zoom video discussion with small topic-driven breakout rooms
Time investment: 1.5 hours

Doodle Poll for Event Dates

We are offering two times for you to consider. They’re not our traditional split of Asia-Pacific/EMEA and Americas since Ryan and I want to attend and facilitate both meetings. This event would occur at two different times on the same date. The time options have been selected to accommodate as many deputies as possible to attend during typical working hours (0800-1700 in their local time zone).

  • 1200 UTC for Eastern US, Brazil, Europe, Middle East. Africa and Western Asia
    for those from Missouri (0700 CDT) to Nepal (1745 NPT). time.is/compare
  • 2300 UTC for Eastern Asia, Oceania, and Western US
    for those from Japan (0800 JST) to Oregon (1600 PDT). time.is/compare

Action Items for each WPCS Deputy:

  1. Vote for as many options that work well for you no later than April 16 at 1200 UTC.
    https://doodle.com/poll/yemyxrgr2fcm7u2k
  2. Provide us feedback. It’s okay to DM myself (@Kathy Drewien) or Ryan (@rmarks), or share your feedback as a comment on this post..

I’m looking forward to our Community Deputy Round Table conversation!

Conversations are the most powerful learning technology ever invented.
Conversations carry news, create meaning, foster cooperation, and spark innovation.
Open, honest conversations throughout our workspace spreads intellectual capital, improves cooperation, and strengthens personal relationships.  ~ Jay Cross

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