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Highlighted blog (versus network, site) posts
Bringing to your attention some interesting reads and some call for feedback and/or volunteers:
After 1.5 year, @francina and @audrasjb decided to pass the Core Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Team Representative baton for 2022. Everyone can nominate the people they think are best suited to be our new Core team reps, just comment in the above post.
Upcoming releases updates
Next minor release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality.: WP 5.8.2
@desrosj confirmed WP 5.8.2 Release Candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). is still planned for Tuesday November 2, with a few tickets including #54207 which has been quite a pain for many, so fixing it sooner rather than later is best.
Next major release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope.: WP 5.9
First the Release Squad for WordPress 5.9 was published. If anyone is interested in volunteering for one of the roles needing more help, please comment on that post. If anyone has any questions about the release squad roles, some answers are available in the Core team handbook.
@audrasjb and @chaion07 published the 5.9 Bug scrub schedule.
Next scrubs are scheduled on Thursday October 28, 2021 at 20:00 UTC and on Friday October 29, 2021 at 06:00 UTC.
Please note that anyone can run a bug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority. scrub. Checkout the Leading Bug Scrubs section in the Core handbook.
Also, a WordPress 5.9 Editor Update (26 October) was published.
Component maintainers updates
The Slack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. Notifications workflow was modified to be a reusable one. See changeset  and some follow-up changes on ticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #53363.
Work has continued on various coding standards fixes in core. See tickets #53359, #54177, #54279, #54295 for more details.
Two tickets are getting closer to commit but not completely there. Copy reviews are done, the component maintainers have new patches. Should be able to commit both by next Monday’s component scrub.
@craigfrancis wanted to discuss #54042, as I’d like to make the
IN() operator easier/safer, and likewise with quoting table/field identifiers. Given the amount of information shared in the PR, @audrasjb moved this ticket to 5.9, but it will need a deep review as soon as possible to be committed ahead of the feature freeze which is the target for such enhancements.
@marybaum asked if there is still feature freeze a week or so ahead of beta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. 1. Feature freeze is scheduled on November 9th, and Beta 1 is on the 16th.
@afragen shared a message of @peterwilsoncc from the
#core-auto-updates Slack channel. The Upgrade/Install team will meet in this channel on next Tuesday to discuss a proposal concerning the Plugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Dependencies feature.