WP5.8 Squad Call for Volunteers

Edit: 4/23/2021 @ 19:10 UTC – changed the references to contributors in the last paragraph to WordPress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/ usernames to help to make the connection. – @desrosj

With the schedule finalized and parts of GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ phase 2 getting ready to merge, it’s time to put together a squad of focus leads for WordPress 5.8.

You can read more about the different roles in the handbook.

Here are the squad roles available:

The roles of release leadRelease Lead The community member ultimately responsible for the Release. and marketing/communications lead will be filled by @matt and @chanthaboune, respectively.


Focus leads should be available for at least 5-6 hours a week to perform their tasks, with more time as milestones like Betas, Release Candidates, and General release approach. On the days of those milestones, you might need to dedicate 4-6 hours to WordPress on one day.

There are no limitations to where you come from. We are a global community, open 24/7 so you will schedule scrubs, if needed, according to your availability and potentially find a deputy to cover other timezones.

Because 5.8 is going to be a busy release, the squad won’t have mentorship or ride-along opportunities, like it did in the past, but as Josepha mentioned there is a public channel for the team to coordinate so that others can learn through observation.

This doesn’t mean you need to have all the answers to volunteer. 🙂 There will be a bunch of people available to help and support (the CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team representatives, long-time contributors, etc…).

Are you interested?

Please leave your name in the comments with the role you are interested in or reach out to me (@francina), @audrasjb or @chanthaboune if you have any questions before raising your hand.


#5-8, #planning