Dev Chat Summary: June 27th (4.9.7 week 6)

This post summarizes the dev chat meeting from June 27th (agenda, Slack archive).

4.9.7 planning

  • Confirmed @pbiron and @joshuawold as co-release leads with @sergeybiryukov and @psykro as co-deputies
  • Likely focus for 4.9.7 to be “Try Gutenberg” prompt and privacy fixes
  • Release timing for 4.9.7 will be confirmed amongst release leads and shared when ready
  • Consensus that release leads have previous contribution experience (not necessarily Core contributions), also helpful that a lead or deputy has commit access
  • Aiming to expand roster of individuals who have experience leading releases, so one approach is pairing “new” leads with “experienced” ones though other candidates could feasilby be experienced enough to not require a co-lead
  • Though no defined process exists on selecting or confirming leads, if someone has concerns about a nominated lead they can directly talk with @jeffpaul if they’re not comfortable speaking up during the devchat though ideally concerns are more transparent or at least leverages a group and not a single entity to coordinate concerns appropriately

Updates from focus leads and component maintainers

  • The Gutenberg team released v3.1 and published release notes as to the updates included
  • The JavaScript team published notes from their meeting where they discussed sunsetting the packages repository, an alternative to wp.apiRequest, a deprecation strategy, data module improvements, the build process, and inline docs. Many thanks to them for continuing to share notes from their chats
  • Reminder to focus leads and component maintainers to try and publish meeting notes from your chats to help socialize what’s happening across the different teams in #core.

Devchat coordination

  • @jeffpaul will be offline most of July, so @joemcgill, @audrasjb, and @antpb will help coordinate devchats (collecting agenda items and publishing an agenda, running the actual devchat meeting, and publishing a devchat summary). post-devchat note: @whitneyyadrich also volunteered to assist with devchat coordination

General announcements

  • @jeffpaul: some comments lately about security issues and the security team, reminder about responsible security disclosures, people’s views will be better received if they’re formed as offering solutions to problems rather than continuing to point out problems
    • @paragoninitiativeenterprises: recent security advisory showed longer ETA than expected, security team needs more resources (e.g., personnel) and it falls upon the community to ensure the security team has the manpower it needs
    • @jeffpaul: anyone who feels they have the ability and interest to contribute to WordPress Security should reach out to @aaroncampbell
  • Effort from .ORG to contact hosts with large amounts of WordPress installs to help manually update sites from 4.9.3, current count hovering over a million sites but down significantly, still working with some groups (e.g., Google search console team) to try to get more people updated

Next meeting

The next meeting will take place on July 4, 2018 at 20:00 UTC in the #core Slack channel. Please feel free to drop in with any updates or questions. If you have items to discuss but cannot make the meeting, please leave a comment on this post so that we can take them into account.

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