One idea that grew from this thread about…

One idea that grew from this thread about the number of developers whose jobs are supported by WordPress was that we should try to get more information about the WP developer community at large. There are probably hundreds, maybe thousands, that have never registered at 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., let alone been to a 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. or subscribed to this blogblog (versus network, site). It would be interesting to know about them, and also to give them an opportunity to participate in (and maybe even contribute to) the community.

I’m planning on including a link to a survey in the 3.2 announcement post. Because the email goes to end-users as well as developers, this is a great opportunity to capture some feedback from them too. We’ll 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. the anonymized/aggregate raw response data and probably present some of the analysis at WordCamps too, like the upcoming State of the WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. at WCSF.

The goals of the survey are:

  1. Gather data on the number and nature of companies and independent developers that use WordPress. (How many jobs has WP created?) Use this both for some static reporting, but also to track trends over time if we do a similar survey next year.
  2. Provide the community with a picture of the end users. What people and companies use WordPress, and how?
  3. Inspire greater participation in the community through awareness and the opportunity to receive more information.

It’s currently sitting in the wiki at

What do you think? Any questions missing or ones we should re-word?