Dev chat Summary, March 22, 2023

1. Welcome and housekeeping

@francina led the chat in the core channel of the Make WordPress Slack.

The agenda — thanks to @webcommsat, has a full list of 6.2 links. Highlighted posts are below.

Last week’s dev chat summary, March 15, 2023 – thanks to @marybaum

2. Announcements

  • Gutenberg 15.4 arrived Wednesday, March 22, 2023 — thanks to @greenshady and @welcher for getting the post out in such a short time after release.
  • WordPress 6.2 RC3 landed on Tuesday, March 21, 2023.
  • Silent RC4 will address a backward compatibility issue (#57967) on March 23. More on the regressionregression A software bug that breaks or degrades something that previously worked. Regressions are often treated as critical bugs or blockers. Recent regressions may be given higher priorities. A "3.6 regression" would be a bug in 3.6 that worked as intended in 3.5. is in this discussion on Slack.


  • The WordPress Developer Blog is out of 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., and officially launched! Please check it out. You are most welcome to:

3. Highlighted posts


4 Tickets and components

  • The Bulk and Quick Edit component

@francina raised ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. #11302 “Bulk editing posts should pre-fill fields with the same value / allow for removal”

@oglekler brought up a related ticket: #19859 “Bulk Edit” Missing The Ability To Edit Tags

@azaozz suggested that it is time to make a large update to this component, taking care about bugs and enhancements.

@marybaum said the maintainers, who also include @webcommsat, @oglekler, and @nalininonstopnewsuk, will follow up. (Ed. note: Look for this starting in April, once the current release has landed.)

5. Open floor

WCEU 2023 preparations

@estelaris asked for help answering Interview questions for Make Teams reps about Contributor Day.


@estelaris and asked for review and comments on ticket #48998 Documentation Structure Block Editor Handbook

The Developer Blogblog (versus network, site)

@azaozz suggested publishing dev notesdev note Each important change in WordPress Core is documented in a developers note, (usually called dev note). Good dev notes generally include a description of the change, the decision that led to this change, and a description of how developers are supposed to work with that change. Dev notes are published on Make/Core blog during the beta phase of WordPress release cycle. Publishing dev notes is particularly important when plugin/theme authors and WordPress developers need to be aware of those changes.In general, all dev notes are compiled into a Field Guide at the beginning of the release candidate phase. there as well (right now the blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. has only a link in the footer). 

@jeffpaul requested to auto-publish posts in the CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. channel and @bph will follow up with it.

A week in Core

@bph suggested renaming ‘A week in Core’ to ‘A week in TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress.’, because it doesn’t cover 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. project activity on GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner., and they are highlighted separately in What’s New in Gutenberg. @francina offered to continue this discussion in the P2P2 A free theme for WordPress, known for front-end posting, used by WordPress for development updates and project management. See our main development blog and other workgroup blogs. (Ed. note: that is, this very Make/core blog) in the comments section of the last Week in Core.

Broad questions

@sereedmedia drew attention to a marketing ticket with a cornerstone What is WordPress?

@francina: What brought you to check dev chats in the first place? A lively, if brief, discussion followed. Francesca also suggested more discussion next week—and a post on the Core blog, to stimulate asynchronous conversations.

Next week’s dev chat will be Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at 11:00 PM GMT+3 in the Core Slack channel. See you there!

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

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