Let’s update the Core handbook! Sprints start June 20, 2022

In just a few weeks, the community empanels a new release squad to take on the focused work of WordPress 6.1, due in mid-October.

Some parts of the CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. handbook are need of review and update, especially to reflect big changes in how WordPress works — and in the way WordPress is made. This is hoped to also assist more people to be able to follow or get involved with releases and tickets. During the last few months, there has been some time spent on going through the handbook in preparation for contributor events at WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe and WordCamp US, as well as exploring how it can help new contributors get involved with the project. During recent release cycles, a number of handbook updates have been made or identified for further work.

So on Monday June 20, 2022 at 20:00 UTC, @webcommsat and @marybaum will host the first of a series of sprints devoted to the Core handbook. It will be held in the #core SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/.. There will be opportunities to continue with the sprint asynchronously.

@webcommsat has been working behind the scenes to support contributors in different timezones get involved in the review, information gathering, and editing process. She is also identifying cross-links with relevant materials in the documentation and support blogs, and Learn WordPress. A spreadsheet and google docs will be shared on Monday and will be available for asynchronous contribution, and added to this post. The first sprint will be reviewed on Wednesday June 22, 2022 before the weekly dev chat meeting.

Please consider this post your personal invitation to get involved!

Finding a live collaboration session time that will suit everyone is always difficult, so we are proposing a series of dates and will be promoting asynchronous opportunities too:

It is also hoped to get feedback from the new contributor sessions.

If you want to help, have input for a particular page in the handbook, or can help with facilitating a live sprint, please add a comment to this post.

Thank you to @webcommsat for helping organize the events and to @meher and others for the review of the post.