Make WordPress Core

Updates from Jen Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts

  • Jen 5:49 pm on January 4, 2016 Permalink
    Tags: annual survey,   

    2015 Contributor Survey 

    Hi core team folks! Thanks for all your hard work and contributions in 2015. Could you contribute few more minutes to fill in the 2015 contributor survey? It will help us establish some baselines around the contributor experience so that we can see how things change over time.

    **This is being posted to all the Make teams, so if you subscribe to a bunch of p2s and keep seeing this post, know that you only need to fill the survey in once, not once per team.**

    The survey is anonymous (so you can be extra honest), all questions are optional (so you can skip any that you don’t want to answer), and we’ll post some aggregate results by the end of January. It took testers 5-10 minutes to complete on average (depends how much you have to say), so I bet you could knock it out right after you read this post! πŸ™‚

    There are two sections of the survey. The first has questions about team involvement, recognition, and event involvement, and is pretty much what you’d expect from an annual survey (which teams did you contribute to, how happy are you as a contributor, etc).

    The second section is about demographics so we can take a stab at assessing how diverse our contributor base is. All questions are optional, but the more information we have the better we can figure out what we need to improve. If there’s some information you’d rather not identify, that’s okay, but please do not provide false information or use the form to make jokes — just skip those questions.

    The survey will be open until January 15, 2016. Whether you have 5 minutes now, or 10 over lunch (or whenever), please take the 2015 contributor survey. Thanks!

  • Jen 2:26 pm on November 18, 2014 Permalink
    Tags: , open academy   

    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
    Tags: ,   

    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. πŸ™‚

    (More …)

    • 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? πŸ™‚

    • 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
    Tags: ,   

    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 β€” 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
    Tags: , ,   

    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
    Tags: ,   

    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
    Tags: ,   

    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. πŸ™‚

    • 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
    Tags: ,   

    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
    Tags: ,   

    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
    Tags: ,   

    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.


compose new post
next post/next comment
previous post/previous comment
show/hide comments
go to top
go to login
show/hide help
shift + esc
Skip to toolbar