Nominations for Core Team Reps

Earlier this month I proposed an election format for updating Core team reps, based on the Community Team model, and discussed the concept in yesterdays devchat.  This post kicks off the election process with nominations to replace @helen and myself (@jeffpaul) as CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team reps.

The Role

In 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, each team has on average one or two representatives, abbreviated as reps.  Some teams have more than two, but for the sake of sanity sticking with two for now keeps things simpler.  And for the historians out there, the role goes way back to 2012.

Historically with the Core team, the 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. duration was around a year, though some reps stuck around longer if there was a particularly good fit.

Anyone who serves as a “team rep” is responsible for communicating on behalf of the Core team to the other contributor groups via weekly updates, as well as occasional cross-team chats.  Reps are also consulted on Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus., helping find someone within the Core team attending an event who can help lead a Core table.  Full details on the Team Rep role is on the Team Update site.

It is not called “team lead” for a reason.  While people elected as team reps will generally come from the pool of folks that people think of as experienced leaders, remember that the team rep role is designed to change hands regularly.

This role has a time commitment attached to it.  Not a huge amount, but in my experience, it’s at least one hour a week.

Here are the main tasks:

  • Writing regular Core team recaps and posting it in Updates
  • Keeping an eye on the moving parts of the team to be able to report for quarterly updates (example)
  • Occasionally helping release leads with devchat agenda posts, chats, and summaries

More details on coordinating devchat are available in the Core handbook.

The Community Team has been running the following process which makes for a tried and tested model for the Core Team to similarly try out.  Hat tip to @francina for sharing these details!

Ok then… let’s get us two new reps!

How the election works

Please nominate people in the comments of this post. Self-nominations are welcome. The deadline is 14 May 2020.

After that, a poll will be opened for voting. It will stay open for ~two weeks.

If you want to nominate someone in private, please reach out to @jeffpaul (that’s me!) or @helen on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

Disclaimer: if you get nominated, please don’t feel like you have to say yes.  The polls will only include the names of the people that are responding positively to a nomination.  So feel free to reply with a “Thank you, but no thank you”.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments.  I will be happy to reply (or look to past team reps for input)… thanks!