Developer Blog Editorial Meeting – 06 July 2023

A complete transcript of the meeting can be found in the #core-dev-blog channel in Making WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at

Attendees: @greenshady (facilitator), @marybaum, @milana_cap, @mburridge @oglekler @bworkz . Asynchronous: @webcommsat


  • Site updates and new posts
  • Project Board
    • In the works
    • Reviews needed
    • To be approved
    • new discussions on topics
  • Open floor

Site updates and new posts

Update 1:

The What’s new for developers? (June 2023) was amplified by official WordPress social media profiles (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook). It seems Facebook doesn’t pick up all the metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. tagtag A directory in Subversion. WordPress uses tags to store a single snapshot of a version (3.6, 3.6.1, etc.), the common convention of tags in version control systems. (Not to be confused with post tags.). Discussion via this issue on the Developer Blogblog (versus network, site) Theme repository. 

Update 2

To recruit new writers we added a Call to Action on every post: (also team effort with design, latest version by @greenshady)

screenshot of Call to action for new writers

How to identify topics that are available? If potential authors or reviewers are interested in a topic that is under discussion, you can add a comment to the a discussion issue 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. Potential authors can identify if someone is working on a topic or what this person should do to claim the topic. If a GitHub discussion on a potential topic is locked and the issue is assigned to someone, the this topic has been taken.

Update 3:

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 2023, a group of contributors identified a GitHub space where Developer Blog writers and Learn WordPress faculty can upload code examples, themes and plugins that are used for educational content.

Once there are a few basic rules in place, we can give access to it and also move existing repos from personal to the Learn WordPress GitHub organization. Huge thank you to @psykro and @courane01 for awesome team work on this. 

Project Board

Closed issue: “not planned” How to add starter content to WordPress themes View comment on the issue

New Posts published since the last meeting:

Posts in the works

On the To-Do list:

To be approved

The following topics were approved:

These topics have been converted to issues and the discussions closed. Prospective authors who would like to contribute to the Developer Blog are invited to select one of these to work on, that have not already been assigned an author.

The group discussion on the post 10 things that all WordPress plugin developers should avoid quite lively. The discussion continues on GitHub issue itself.

Regarding the topic idea: A first look at the Interactivity API. As the feature hasn’t been released yet, there is time to flesh out the topic some more and bring it back to the editorial meeting later this year.

Open floor

@greeshady inquired about formatting a post title that belongs to a series. Example: “Beyond 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. styles: part 1: integrating the wp-scripts package into themes”

Mary Baum has two ideas:

  • use a comma to separate the series and the part number, then we only have one colon, or
  • make the series and part a kicker (= a slug above the titel)

@mburridge brought the latest topic idea to the attendee’s attention: Periodic video round-ups by @eidolonnight. The biggest hurdles for such a round-up would be the external link policy. In the meantime, the discussion has been closed.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the Developer Blog Editorial Group will be on August 3, 2023 at 13:00 UTC in the core-dev-blog channel of the Make WordPress Slack. Contributors continue on GitHub.

Props or reviewing this post to @webcommsat and @oglekler

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