Dev chat Summary, March 15, 2023

1. Welcome and housekeeping

@francina led the chat. The meeting start on the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. channel of the Make WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

The agenda, prepared by @webcommsat, has a full list of 6.2 links, only new links are listed below.

Last week’s dev chat summary, March 8, 2023 – thanks to @ironprogrammer.

2. Announcements

WordPress 6.2 RC 2 landed on Tuesday, March 14, 2023! Please download and test, and remember that in the RCrelease 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). period:

  • It takes two committers to commit code to the 6.2 branchbranch A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses branches to store the latest development code for each major release (3.9, 4.0, etc.). Branches are then updated with code for any minor releases of that branch. Sometimes, a major version of WordPress and its minor versions are collectively referred to as a "branch", such as "the 4.0 branch".
  • The 6.3 branch is open for early tickets, proposals and more
  • There’s a hard string freeze on the 6.2 branch

Gutenberg 15.3 landed Monday, March 13, 2023.

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. 15.4 is underway.

3. Highlighted posts

@annezazu tells how and why the Navigation section of the Site Editor is gone from 6.2 RC 2.

@audrasjb recaps A week in Core.

@webcommsat adds these new links relating to 6.2:

The 6.2 live product demo Q&A

The 6.2 Field Guide

More developer notes for 6.2

4. Other release-related topics

@johnbillion raised #57916, about 6.2 server-side performance regressions. @hellofromtonya noted the ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. is about assessing performance and will not generate any late commits to 6.2.

@francina pointed the group to a Slack discussion on debugging tools.

5. Tickets and components

@oglekler raised ticket #23348 as a way to encourage more people to start contributing. A lively discussion followed.

@audrasjb reminded about the Old Trac Ticket Triage sessions..

@howdy_mcgee raised three tickets for early 6.3: #24142, #37255, and #18408.

@costev highlighted that he, @ironprogrammer, and @afragen are working on an update to the WordPress BetaBeta 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. Tester pluginPlugin 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 Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party that will add a section where users can report a bugbug 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. right in the interface.

6. Open floor

No other items were raised.

Next week’s dev chat will be March 22, 2023 at 20:00 UTC in the Core Slack channel. See you there!

Props to @francina for leading dev chat, to @webcommsat for the agenda preparation,
@marybaum for the summary, and @oglekler and @webcommsat for review.

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