As announced during the State 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. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/. this year, we have a brand new selection of release leads for 2016.
Previously a co-lead for WordPress 3.9 and long time contributor, Mike Schroder (@mikeschroder) will kick off the year as the release lead The community member ultimately responsible for the Release. for WordPress 4.5.
Following WordPress 4.5, Dominik Schilling (@ocean90) will be the release lead for WordPress 4.6. Dominik has been a core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. committer A developer with commit access. WordPress has five lead developers and four permanent core developers with commit access. Additionally, the project usually has a few guest or component committers - a developer receiving commit access, generally for a single release cycle (sometimes renewed) and/or for a specific component. for a couple of years now and was a backup release lead for WordPress 4.4.
Finally, closing out the year, Matt Mullenweg (@matt) will put on his release lead hat and lead WordPress 4.7. Matt previously led the WordPress 3.8 release.
Each of these release leads need your help! Every release is made by hundreds of contributors over many months, not just by its release lead. Additionally, every release lead needs a backup lead or two to help ensure the release moves forward at a solid pace. These backup release leads get great training for the real deal, as they often become future release leads (see both Mike and Dominik above!).
Are you interested in being a backup release lead? Just comment here to let Mike, Dominik, and Matt know.