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  • Jen 2:26 pm on November 18, 2014 Permalink
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    Open Academy Mentorship Progam 

    Hi all. It was suggested by a community member that we participate in the upcoming Facebook Open Academy mentorship program round the way we participate in GSoC. Since I’m on my way out, I wouldn’t be the organization contact for this, and someone would need to step up from the team to take point if y’all want to be a mentoring organization. Here’s some info:

    • This is a Facebook program, run in conjunction with a dozen or so universities around the world and a handful of OS projects.
    • It sounds like they are looking for the mentor to work with the students using Agile sprints.
    • No set time for specific projects, could last anywhere from 8 weeks to 5 months.
    • You set the specific projects in advance students can apply for, no “send us your ideas” like GSoC.
    • Their application asks how many students we can take, must be a minimum of four, but doesn’t have a way to list out all potential mentors up front unless so am not sure if they want each one to fill in the whole application (we’d probably want to have everyone use the same boilerplate for the ‘about the project’ bits), or if they want only one official mentor and everyone else would be unofficial.
    • Mentors must be available to fly to the opening weekend sprint Jan 30-Feb 1 (Facebook pays travel).
    • Students get college credit toward their CS degrees, not money.

    General Information

    If you want to participate, it would be good to have one person be the program administrator to keep track of applications etc. If you decide to do it and want any help from the community team, let me know.

    • Marko Heijnen 2:39 pm on November 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sounds like a cool idea. The deadline is December 1st, 2014 and that would mean that we need to find projects for them fast. The only thing that comes on my mind are the mobile apps for WordCamp.

    • George Stephanis 2:50 pm on November 18, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’d be happy to volunteer as a mentor, or wrangle everything as an administrator if it’s helpful.

      With the direction that we’ve gone with feature plugins, I’m sure there are a number of options that could be spun up in that direction.

      One thing that I very much like with this over GSoC is that it seems to be much more embracing of the community aspect — that the students aren’t coding in a vacuum, but they need to learn how to interact with the community at large for feature development, bug fixes, and general community input and back and forth on patches.

    • George Stephanis 5:09 pm on November 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      @jenmylo — is it alright if I put in the application for this? Deadline is the 1st (Monday)

  • Jen 5:35 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink
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    WCSF Final Planning 

    If you are not attending WCSF this year, you can ignore this post. If you are coming and planning to participate as part of the core team, please click through and read it all. :)

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    • Weston Ruter 6:31 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      For core specifically, it seems like it would be a good idea for people to already have a local install with a checkout, since the time period is shorter than normal. It would be ideal if someone on the team could do a screencast of setting one up (maybe one each for mac, pc, linux) so we could post it this week and let people know to do that part at home in advance. Any takers?

      Perhaps the best route is to get new contributors set up with Varying Vagrant Vagrants (VVV), which is pre-configured with all of the tools needed for Core development and will be the same no matter if someone is on Mac, PC, or Linux. There’s actually already a recent (slightly rough) video on YouTube stepping through the installation steps. @jeremyfelt do you have any other better videos to get people started?

      @nacin any chance the trigger on the updated GitHub clone could be pulled? :-)

    • Aaron D. Campbell 6:49 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      It seems like a few different tables would be nice, even if we simplified it all the way down to just “front end” and “back end” focused.

    • Aaron Jorbin 5:05 pm on October 21, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think tables should be separated out by component and/or topic. I would love to focus on build and test tools, while Weston may want a table specifically for customizor, and Boomr one focused on query improvements. We could also have some general ticket tables for people that want to work on a pet ticket or something that doesn’t fit in the other tables.

      I’m also happy to help in anyway that I am needed.

  • Jen 1:17 pm on September 8, 2014 Permalink
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    WCSF Tickets, Meetup Info 

    Anyone planning to attend WCSF this year from the core team, please read the post at https://make.wordpress.org/updates/2014/09/08/wcsf-tickets-and-stuff/ for information about WCSF ticket sales and the contributor days following the main conference. Thanks!

    P.S. If you are planning to attend the core team meetup but I have not been in touch with you regarding hotels, please ping me in IRC (jenmylo) or shoot me an email (same username @wordpress.org) so I can include you in the planning. If we have talked in general but you haven’t actually booked anything, don’t freak out — we have a spot on hold for you and you’ll be able to book it this week when we send out the booking codes.

  • Jen 11:32 pm on June 12, 2014 Permalink
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    WCSF 2014: Are You Coming? 

    Heads up, core team! We’re getting ready to publish details about the plans for WordCamp this October (which includes a mini team meetup), so if you’re thinking of attending, please read the post at https://make.wordpress.org/updates/2014/06/12/wordcamp-san-francisco-travel-contributor-days/ and take the short survey linked at the end of it so I’ll know how many team members to plan for (don’t worry, this isn’t a commitment or anything, I just need to get some rough numbers for budgeting purposes). Thanks!

  • Jen 7:15 pm on April 21, 2014 Permalink
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    GSoC students announced! https://make.wordpress.org/community/2014/04/21/gsoc-students-accepted/

    (core projects are the minority this year, which is why I posted over on the community site under mentorship programs)

  • Jen 5:25 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink
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    GSoC IRC Chats 

    The application period opens today and closes on March 21. Between now and then, we’ll set up a handful of IRC chats starting this Wednesday (We’ll use #wordpress-gsoc so as not to distract from the beta work in -dev, and won’t get too close to the dev chat time-wise) to allow some real-time chatting with potential students about their project ideas.

    All mentors should sign up for at least one time slot so the students will know which chat time will have appropriate mentors in the room. Everyone is welcome to attend these chats, not just mentors.

    I’d like to pick 2 times of day and do the chats on Thursday the 13th, Saturday the 15th, Tuesday the 18th, and Thursday the 20th. 21:00 UTC seems to work well for dev chat, so I’m thinking that could be one of the times, but would like a 2nd time that we could do at least once or twice to make it easier on anyone on Australia/Russia side of the world.

    Mentors: Please leave a comment with which days/times you can be available for chats in IRC. If anyone has an idea for a good 2nd chat time, suggestions welcome.


    • Bryan Petty 6:00 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’ll be at WC Atlanta, leaving the 13th and back on the 16th. I’m pretty sure I won’t be available for the 13th, but might still be able to fit the 15th in. I can commit to the 18th and/or 20th though.

      An Australian/Russian friendly time is certainly a good idea, since GSoC always seems to actually be hugely popular with colleges in India.

    • Ian Dunn 6:13 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      21:00 UTC on the 18th works for me.

      (The 13th and 20th would also work if necessary, but the 18th would be a little better.)

    • Aaron Jorbin 6:25 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      13th and 20th work best for me.

      13th – 19:00 UTC till 23:59 UTC work best

      20th – 15:00 UTC til 05:00 the next day UTC works best

      I’m not sure there is a time that is good for Russia, East Coast USA and Australia. 0500 is one idea. It’s only 1am on the US East Coast, while being 4pm in Sydney and 9am in Moscow.

    • George Stephanis 9:17 pm on March 10, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Most anytime — I’ll be around. :)

    • Yoav Farhi 8:08 am on March 11, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The 18th on 21:00 UTC or earlier.

    • Marko Heijnen 8:45 am on March 13, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      All other dates then today works for me.

    • Eric 4:30 pm on March 14, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m game for Tuesday the 18th, and Thursday the 20th

    • Aaron Douglas 7:37 pm on March 14, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Tuesday the 18th and Thursday the 20th are good for me

  • Jen 7:00 pm on February 24, 2014 Permalink
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    We’ve been accepted as a mentoring organization for GSoC! Now comes the work of interacting with potential students on wp-hackers (let’s try to be responsive, and nice) and in #wordpress-dev and #wordpress-gsoc (I’ll set up a few scheduled chats soon, but idle in the channel if you can to field questions) during the application period. Mentors, I’ll contact you within the next couple of days to set up chat times and discuss the application review process.

    Thanks to everyone who helped get our Ideas page filled!

  • Jen 6:16 pm on February 13, 2014 Permalink
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    GSoC 2014 Application Status 

    I’ve submitted our GSoC application. If anyone is interested in seeing the essay/short-answer questions they ask and how I answered them, I posted that part of the application over at https://make.wordpress.org/community/2014/02/13/gsoc-2014-application/

    If you haven’t posted an idea to the codex page https://codex.wordpress.org/GSoC2014 but have time now, go ahead and add it. More ideas = more possible students applying for something that grabs their attention. Also, Google will be reviewing applications Feb 17-21, so adding more ideas (don’t forget to use the template and provide description) between now and the 17th is especially helpful. Not having enough ideas is why we didn’t get accepted in 2012.

    Google will announce participating organizations on February 24.

  • Jen 7:01 pm on February 7, 2014 Permalink
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    GSoC: Now’s the Time 

    Hey all. I created our org profile for GSoC and have started filling out the application. Before I submit it, our ideas page needs to be bursting with project ideas and potential mentors. To that end, if you are interested in mentoring (co-mentoring a specific student, or just being a casual helper-outer in our gsoc channel when the time comes), let’s get you listed and get those project ideas posted.

    Go to https://codex.wordpress.org/GSoC2014 and log in to the codex (your wordpress.org u/p). You will see that I’ve made a template for posting project ideas. Just click the Edit link next to Ideas or next to the template labeled “Project Idea (copy this section, paste below…”, and add your idea to the list below the ones that are there. I filled in one for the standard Full-throttle Trac Annihilation idea using the template so there would be at least one example there for the first poster.

    Post as many good ideas for projects as you can think of. Make sure they are substantial enough to constitute a full-time summer job for the student, but not so grand that they won’t be able to finish in 3 months. Note that we always require their working prototype by midterm, so really they should be able to do the primary coding in 6 weeks, with the 2nd 6 weeks for revision, documentation, testing, merging, etc.

    Mentors who volunteered on the last thread have been posted in the Mentors section, but you should go in and edit your description to give some info about you, your areas of interest, etc. All mentor names should link to their wordpress.org profiles, as you see with the ones I’ve already posted. If you’d like to link to your own personal site for more info, please do so in the description rather than linking your name there.

    It says please don’t edit the mentors section without talking to me first. If you have been a previous mentor for GSoC (or have been listed as mentor before but didn’t wind up with a mentee), consider yourself as having talked to me and go ahead and add yourself to the list/edit your description. If you have never gone through the GSoC process before, please ping me in irc so I can review stuff with you (expectations, etc) before officially putting you on the list.

    If folks could start adding to this page now and continue over the weekend, then by Monday we can do a review to see if there are big gaps where I need to go mentor-hunting before submitting the application.


  • Jen 6:20 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink
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    GSoC 2014 

    It’s that time of year again, when all good* core developers start thinking about whether or not they’re up for mentoring a GSoC student this year. Many in this group know the drill, but there quite a few involved core contribs active this cycle who haven’t been involved with GSoC before, so here’s the deal:

    • Google pays for a program that gives college students summer jobs creating open source code under the mentorship of an organization (like WordPress).
    • We apply to be a mentoring organization and put up a list with a bunch of potential summer project ideas and identify who the mentors might be.
    • If we’re chosen to participate, we get a certain number of slots to fill, and students submit applications to work with us.
    • All the potential mentors rate/rank the proposals, and decide if there’s someone they’d like to mentor.
    • In game of chance-meets-requests dizzy enough to rival medical school matches, we put together our wish list for mentor-student matchups. 2 mentors per student, to provide coverage and make things more collaborative.
    • We hope that none of our top picks also applied to other orgs who accepted them, and wind up with our student roster.
    • We provide volunteer mentors to work one-on-one with the kids on projects that they applied to do over a 3-month period.
    • Open source code is released into the wild.

    I’ll be putting together our application to be a mentoring organization this week, so it’s time to start thinking of project ideas we could suggest on the Ideas page that we need for the application (the more ideas the better) and who wants to be a mentor. The application deadline is February 14, so I’d like to get the Ideas list in solid shape (along with mentor bios) by Feb 10 (a week from Monday).

    If you have an idea or are interested in being a mentor, please leave a comment on this post. At the end of the dev chat after 3.9 business is out of the way, we can discuss some of the ideas and I can answer any questions people have about mentoring.

    Related: I’m also going to be posting soon about starting up a regular mentorship program, as outlined here. But that can wait for another day.

    *Where good means both skilled and kind and generous with their time.

    • Jen Mylo 6:22 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Also, will need a few people to identify tickets that no one’s working on that would be good ones to use for the “submit a patch” requirement of the application.

    • Ian Dunn 6:59 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Is it only open for Core, or can Meta, Mobile, etc also propose projects?

      • Andrew Nacin 7:10 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply


        • Ian Dunn 7:54 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Awesome. @jenmylo, I’d be happy to mentor someone if you have any Community projects you think would be a good fit for GSoC.

          • Jen Mylo 8:41 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

            @iandunn: Definitely, just need to make sure that it’s something releasable, like a plugin vs building onto one of the sites. Maybe forms, finally?

            • Ian Dunn 9:04 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink

              That could work. The idea of having the pre-defined forms for speakers/sessions/etc is specific to WordCamp.org, but we could easily put the general architecture for a pre-defined form into the plugin itself, and then define WordCamp.org’s specific forms via a filter in a custom plugin.

              The result from that approach would be the same as if the our forms were built into the plugin itself, but it would keep the core plugin independent so it could be released in the WordPress.org repo and used by anyone.

              We don’t necessarily have to release it in the wporg repo in order to open-source it, though. Most of WordCamp.org’s custom stuff is already open-sourced in the Meta repo. Not sure if the GSoC guidelines just want it open-source, or if the spirit of it is to make it easily available/useable for others.

    • Wojtek Szkutnik 7:48 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Always happy to help with mentoring if needed :)

    • Marko Heijnen 8:48 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would love to mentor. Hopefully this time I’m more lucky then last year. I can help with core, mobile or GlotPress.

      • Jen Mylo 9:20 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If you can write up some specific project ideas that you would like to mentor, that will help with the luck. Someone who applies for your idea would likely be given to the person who proposed it, vs running into a situation like last year where a handful of people all requested the same student.

    • Justin Shreve 9:28 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m interested in mentoring this year (did you even have to ask? :))

      Some things I would be interested in (based on some previous ideas):

      • New User Walkthrough. Specifically meter based “you are 10% setup, etc”. Think LinkedIn style.
      • A visual way to surface visual embeds / oEmebeds etc. Instead of needing to magically know that a Spotify or Twitter URL needs to go on its line, support some kind of UI (maybe in the media explorer) that allows you to insert content
      • Anything External API Related. No specific project here. It depends on what is in core at the time (if it’s XML-RPC still or if REST is available yet)
      • General Mentoring
    • Eric 9:35 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I’m game to mentor a mobile project this year. I’ll post some project ideas after I’ve had some time to brainstorm a bit.

    • Aaron Jorbin 5:04 pm on January 31, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I would love to mentor once again. Some ideas that I have:

      • Make the PHPUnit tests run faster
      • Increase the number of JavaScript Unit Tests
      • CSS/JS Optimization
      • Automated performance testing
      • Anything dev tools related.
      • Bryan Petty 5:31 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I think the biggest improvement we could make to the unit tests in regards to speed is to find a way to merge multisite tests into the base tests, and only run tests that are actually affected by single/multisite environment changes.

        Right now, we run every single unit test a second time during the multisite run, but in reality, probably less than 25% of them are even affected by multisite. For example, we don’t need to re-run sanitize/escape tests a second time.

        There’s certainly probably lots of places we could avoid @runTestsInSeparateProcesses, especially if we were to deprecate/remove constants.

        Another option might be to find a way to cleanly reset the DB without calling wp_install() again (do one install, dump, and reload from dump directly on the next test with @runTestsInSeparateProcesses).

        Other than that, then you just have optimizations on individual tests, which just becomes a mundane task that no-one wants to do, especially if patches are just ignored because they are so minor and not important.

        • Andrew Nacin 7:43 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          Re-running the entire suite under multisite has flagged a lot of issues over the years. I think we’re along way from that point. Multisite just has too many odd side effects on core.

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