Modernising our real-time communication

The WordPress project is testing out Slack as our main real-time communication platform, replacing IRC and ad hoc Skype chats.

chat.wordpress.org is our new information hub for Slack. All wordpress.org users will be able to access WordPress Slack with immediate effect.

This change was announced by Matt during his State Of The Word presentation at WordCamp San Francisco this weekend, and was overwhelmingly positively received. In fact, it was so well received that this week’s dev chat (October 29 2014 20:00 UTC) will be hosted in the WordPress #core channel on Slack, rather than in the #wordpress-dev channel on IRC.

There will be volunteers hanging out in #wordpress-dev to inform users that the dev chat has moved to Slack. For those of you who don’t want to leave IRC just yet, you can connect to WordPress Slack using the IRC gateway.

The #core and #announcements channels on Slack have just surpassed 1,000 users, which is five times as many as we’ve ever had in the channels on IRC. Join us at chat.wordpress.org!

#irc, #slack

The weekly IRC meeting has been moved back…

The weekly IRC meeting has been moved back one hour to 20:00 UTC. Still on Wednesdays. As always, check the sidebar for that info.

#irc

WordPress 3.6 Planning Session

I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! We’re back to our regularly scheduled IRC meetings tomorrow, and are going to start by scoping and planning out the 3.6 cycle. Wednesday, Jan 2, 21:00 UTC. Please make every effort to attend! The theme I’m proposing for 3.6 is “Content Editing”, so especially start thinking about editing, editorial workflows, revisions, autosave, DFW, etc. Also be thinking about what you’d like to work on and how much time you can commit this cycle.

#3-6, #irc, #planning

As the WordPress core team is in the…

As the WordPress core team is in the middle of an in-person meetup, we’ll be skipping the IRC dev chat this week. We’ll be collecting our notes throughout each day of the meetup and posting a summary the following day.

#irc, #meetup

Weekly project meeting changed to 21:00 UTC starting Nov. 16

Normally the timing of the weekly project meeting IRC chat will not change with daylight savings changes, as it is anchored to 16:00 UTC. However, it also becomes an opportune time to adjust the time to better fit schedules for the core team and our most active contributors.

We’re going return to 21:00 UTC time. This is morning in Australia, afternoon in the U.S., late evening in the U.K. It will be nice to see @dd32 at our chats again. 🙂

Today we’ll meet at 17:00 (now) and we’ll start with 21:00 next week.

A number of us are doing daily bug scrubs (triage sessions) and 3.3 status checks (typically spontaneous and generally occurring in the U.S. afternoon), so we’ll see you around!

#dev-chat, #irc

GSoC Student Chat Today In half an hour…

GSoC Student Chat Today! In half an hour (17:00 UTC) in #wordpress-gsoc, hear about, ask questions regarding, and get to know the developers of these student projects:

  • Ben Balter (Document Revisions), whose mentors are Mitcho, duck_, Jorbin
  • Prasath Nadarajah (Extending WP Webservices), whose mentors are Thorsten and Eric Mann

Note: Stas Suscov (learn.wordpress.org) is being rescheduled for next week along with the students who missed their chats this week.

#gsoc, #irc

Hello folks The GSoC students have ironed out…

Hello folks. The GSoC students have ironed out scope and schedule for their projects, and are ready to tell you about them and answer questions and/or hear suggestions. The links below have the project descriptions and schedules. Each student will hold a Q&A in IRC according to the schedule below. Please come and show our GSoC students some support!

irc.freenode.net #wordpress-gsoc

Tuesday 17:00 UTC:
Anirudh S. (Refresh Android UI) – Dan Roundhill, Isaac
Mert Yazicioglu (WordPress Move) – Pete Mall, Brian Layman
Wojtek Szutnik (Enhanced Emails) – Aaron Campbell, Justin

Wednesday 14:00 UTC:
David Julia (Template Versioning) – Ocean90, Nacin, Koop
Jakub Tyrcha (Full-throttle Trac Annihilation) – Dion, duck_, scribu, Nacin
Marko Novakovic (Language Packs) – Nacin, Nikolay

Thursday 17:00 UTC:
Jacob Gillespie (File Uploader Upgrade) – Koop, azaozz
Lukasz Koprowski (Threaded Comments) – Westi, Koop
Mihai Chereji (Local Storage Drafts Backup) – Filosofo, mitcho, azaozz and Koop

Friday 17:00 UTC:
Ben Balter (Document Revisions) – Mitcho, duck_, Jorbin
Prasath Nadarajah (Extending WP Webservices) – Thorsten, Eric Mann
Stas Suscov (learn.wordpress.org) – Jtrip, Jeremy Boggs

Oh, and re suggestions: Please be respectful of students and mentors and try not to assume that they don’t know what they’re doing. Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away — out of the best intentions — when giving advice, so once a suggestion has been heard, leave it to the students and mentors to decide if they’ll take the advice or not. Thanks!

#gsoc, #irc

GSoC Pre-Application IRC Chats

Okay, potential GSoC students. By now you’ve hopefully settled on a project idea or are narrowing it down between a couple of choices, have gotten some feedback by sending your ideas to the wp-hackers list, and/or have talked to mentors in the #wordpress-gsoc irc channel. For the next 6 days, we’ll be holding scheduled irc chats with a rotating cast of WordPress mentors, who are all looking forward to talking with you and hearing a little more about you before they start rating applications. You can use this time to ask questions, get live feedback on your proposal and just show your face (read: irc handle) so the mentors know you are serious about wanting to work with WordPress this summer.

Format: each chat will be scheduled for an hour. Below is the schedule in UTC time (linked date/time goes to world clock site for easy local time translation). At the beginning of each chat, we’ll ask which students want to be speak. We’ll put them in a random order, and give each student 5 minutes. If we have enough time to give more, we will. You can direct your questions to a specific mentor, or to the mentors at large. When your time is up, please be respectful and let the other students have their turns. You can always talk more with mentors after the scheduled chat is over, as they’ll be lurking in the room all week until the application deadline on April 8.

The chat location is irc.freenode.net #wordpress-gsoc. If you are planning to attend a chat, please leave a comment on this post and link to your proposal (on your WordPress-powered blog) so that mentors can look it over before you talk to them in irc.

Good luck!

Date/Time Mentors
Friday, 4/1/2011
23:00 UTC
Alex M. – Viper007Bond
Aaron Jorbin – jorbin
Austin Matzko – filosofo
Eric Mann – ericmann
Chris Jean – chrisbliss18
Andrew Nacin – nacin
John James Jacoby – jjj
Justin Shreve – jshreve
Cristi Burca – scribu
Michael Erlewine -mitcho, mitchoyoshitaka
Dominik Schilling – ocean90
Aaron Campbell – aaroncampbell
Saturday, 4/2/2011
19:00 UTC
Cristi Burca – scribu
Thorsten Ott – tott
Andrew Nacin – nacin
Nikolay Bachiyski – nbachiyski
Pete Mall – petemall
Austin Matzko – filosofo
Dominik Schilling – ocean90
Sunday, 4/3/2011
01:00 UTC
Michael Erlewine -mitcho, mitchoyoshitaka
Daryl Koopersmith – koopersmith
Andy Skelton – skeltoac
John James Jacoby – jjj
Peter Westwood – westi
Eric Mann – ericmann
Alex M. – Viper007Bond
Dominik Schilling – ocean90
Dion Hulse – dd32
Monday, 4/4/2011
14:00 UTC
Andrew Nacin – nacin
Daryl Koopersmith – koopersmith
Andy Skelton – skeltoac
Justin Shreve – jshreve
Jon Cave – duck_
Peter Westwood – westi
Dan Roundhill – mrroundhill
Thorsten Ott – tott
Nikolay Bachiyski – nbachiyski
Dion Hulse – dd32
Tuesday, 4/5/2011
10:00 UTC
Cristi Burca – scribu
Nikolay Bachiyski – nbachiyski
Peter Westwood – westi
Dan Roundhill – mrroundhill
Thorsten Ott – tott
Jon Cave – duck_
John James Jacoby – jjj
Dion Hulse – dd32
Wednesday, 4/6/2011
17:00 UTC
Pete Mall – petemall
Aaron Campbell – aaroncampbell
Austin Matzko – filosofo
Thorsten Ott – tott
Chris Jean – chrisbliss18
Andy Skelton – skeltoac
Dan Roundhill – mrroundhill
Jon Cave – duck_
Daryl Koopersmith – koopersmith
Nikolay Bachiyski – nbachiyski
Justin Shreve – jshreve

#gsoc, #irc

I’m sure a lot of you have noticed the …

I’m sure a lot of you have noticed the rez-bot issues in our irc channel the last week or two (Error: database locked, etc). Just wanted to let people know this has now been fixed. Props @apokalyptik (Demetrious Kelly).

#irc

New IRC policy suggestion. Whenever the …

New IRC policy suggestion. Whenever the folks at #wordpress send someone over into #wordpress-dev, we send them back, and one or more of us need to bite the bullet and jump back over there and see if we can help.

This has a few advantages. One, people who hover in #wordpress can learn, instead of always sending people our way. Two, we can keep the core development channel clean of chatter — including the logs, which some of us do try to read the scrollback for (I’ve stopped lately, but I used to always make sure I read the logs in full). Three, this then gets logged in the proper channel. Four, we also don’t raise expectations that #wordpress-dev is for general development. If we dip into #wordpress a bit more (I’m going to idle in it now, I think), we’ll have support questions in #wordpress-dev less, and it will increase our productivity.

I know sometimes we like to adopt odd questions and challenges that come into #wordpress-dev — I’m as bad as anyone on this. But after spending an hour (and others before me) and many dozens lines of logs, we discovered that a recent issue came down to a bad APC configuration setting. [last line edited for clarity]

#irc