Changes in WordCamp and Meetup Application tracker

WordCamp.org has a tool for Community DeputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. to track WordCamps and 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.. Few changes to this tool have been made lately based on this request for feedback. I thought to share what has changed before those changes cause confusion. The technical side can be found from Github.

Field for swag notes has been removed from Meetups

This field wasn’t that great to follow on when and what swag has been sent to Meetups, so it got removed. All existing swag notes were migrated to log section and all new swag notes should be added as a private note. This way we know who and when did something related to swag.

“Already a 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.” field has been removed

Same information is already visible on original application and this field wasn’t really updated after the application was received.

“Original application” section improved

Previously original application showed just a dump of data in raw format. The new improved section shows the data in a clean table like layout, so it’s easier to read.

Private note field got bigger

While doing application vetting or leaving a longer private note, it was frustrating to write it down to a little text field. That’s why the field for writing down the vetting or other notes got bigger. At the same time, the field was moved almost to the top of the editing screen so deputiesDeputy Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, interview lead organizers, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. Find more about deputies in our Community Deputy Handbook. can leave their notes faster when needed.

Thanks to @casiepa, @iandunn, @ryelle and @_dorsvenabili for providing the feedback on these changes!

#applications, #improving-wordcamp-org, #meetup-applications, #meta-wordcamp, #wordcamp-central, #wordcamp-org

WordCamp organizers are now contributors on WordCamp Central

We’re now adding all lead organizers of WordCamps as contributors on WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. so they can add vital details about their event to their own 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. CPT (thereby reducing the amount of copy/paste that Cami and I do) and also so they can compose their own announcement posts for the WordCamp Central blog. It’s been going pretty well so far!

WordCamp organizers, if for some reason I did not already tell you about this directly, please feel free to draft posts for the WordCamp Central blog (announcements, recaps, etc) for me to review and schedule for publication.

#wordcamp-central, #wordcamps

Currently I have a bunch of videos on…

Currently I have a bunch of videos on https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQnu9XpK3ze10STZv9ORLg that orient WordCamp organizers. They’re on youtube because I hold the hangouts on G+ and so they get automatically saved there. I’d like to have them on WordPress.tv, as well, though.

Would one of our wonderful volunteers be willing to download the youtube videos and upload them to wp.tv, pretty please? Not necessarily all of them, but these are the ones I’d really like to have:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEUrjpgsdwg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX6fSTZK4LA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pySavJmrjp0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqS7kpzOHEs

#wordcamp-central, #wordpress-tv

I added the Jetpack Blog Subscriptions widget to…

I added the Jetpack Blog Subscriptions widget to the sidebar of http://central.wordcamp.org/news/, since it’s useful and we have it almost everywhere else.

I noticed there were already 1,600 subscribers, so I wanted to double check if we had it enabled at one point and then decided to disable it for some reason.

#jetpack, #subscribe, #subscriptions, #wordcamp-central, #wordcamps

WordCamp Central now has a team of volunteers…

WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. now has a team of volunteers responding to 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. applications! Thank you so much to the following community members for their valuable time:

  • Naoko Takano reviews Asia/Pacific applications
  • Heather Acton reviews North American applications
  • Scott Basgaard and Remkus DeVries review European applications

The goal is to have a team of several people in each major geographical region who can vet and respond to new organizer applications by the end of the year.

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