Proposal: 2022 Major Release Timing

After our initial discussion about potential release timing for the year, I would like to suggest two additional 2022 releases:

  • 6.0 – Late May
  • 6.1 – Mid October

I believe that the relationship between WP5.9 and WP6.0 will be similar to the relationship between WP5.0 and WP5.1 in that there will be copious user feedback to process so that we can extend, refine, and in some cases even rework the user experience with the vast new feature set introduced in 5.9. By aiming to release WP6.0 in late May, we can let WP5.9 breathe a little, work through the rest of the Phase 2 roadmap, and prioritize WordPress-wide needs as we encounter them.

Given the complexity of our last pair of similar releases, I would love to see some Five for the Future sponsored project manager-ish people* join @jeffpaul and @priethor in addition to our usual release squad. If you’re interested in participating in a squad and want to know more, you can pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @chanthaboune, @jeffpaul, @priethor or any former release squad member you know!

*So as not to startle anyone or overpromise anything—I’m not suggesting that we need a bunch of people to show up and boss around all of our brave and generous contributors. I’m suggesting that a 19-year-old project can no longer be fully tracked by a person or two and the people who are tracking all of our moving parts could use some support.