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  • shaunandrews 3:32 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink
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    Howdy everyone! There’s been a lot of discussion over the last week or two around widgets for 3.8. Inspired by @lessbloat, I’ve made a short survey with a few basic questions about widgets and how you use them. It you could, please take a few minutes to share your thoughts:

    Take the Widgets Survey


    • pekz0r 5:21 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think we should rethink the whole widget and rewrite of the whole widget API, not just the hot up the widgets screen.
      I want widgets to be a lot more flexible and pluggable. First of all, it should be extremely easy to create a widgets. Everything that should be needed should be a function/file/hook for the configuration form and one function/file/hook for the presentation. It would also be cool to have a widget repository like the repositories for plugins and themes so you can install new widgets with a simple click right in wp-admin.

      I would also like a simple solution for using these Widgets in the content areas, not just the sidebars. Maybe by using shortcodes to add a widet to a content area or, even better, just use them as objects(like videos and images) that you can resize and drag around. Widgets would be more like pluggable views than inflexible sidebar boxes.

    • Nashwan Doaqan 5:42 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Survey Completed 🙂

    • Sallie Goetsch 6:18 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The question about the number of sidebars is problematic. First, actual sidebars or widgetized areas? Second, which theme on which site?

  • lessbloat 1:09 pm on August 13, 2013 Permalink
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    I’m doing some quick research into the wp-admin dashboard (which I plan to look at for 3.8). I’d like to learn more about how you use the dashboard, and how you think it could be better. Please take a few moments and fill out this 5 question survey:

    Take the survey

    Thanks so much for your help!

    • equaliser.me 1:20 pm on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A very simple but important thing is a notepad on my dashboard. At the beginning of my working I always use a local texteditor, but making notes online in the backend is so effective.

    • Piet 1:43 pm on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Good survey, hope you will get lots of input/feedback!

    • WebTechGlobal 2:19 pm on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Yes very good direction to be thinking about and something I’m keen to help with. My vision of the dashboard is different modes for different users. So one blog could offer a different dashboard. Each mode focusing on that user rather than a mix of widgets.

      Developer Mode (even if just for newer developers)
      Support Mode (possibly the default and plenty help/troubleshooting tools)
      Statistics/SEO Mode (our Google, Alex, Bing and overall SEO condition all on one screen)
      Blogger Mode (a full Edit Post screen but with a menu for selecting post type and possibly forms for subscribers to request permissions to be author and blog on that very dashboard, there is very little connection between webmaster and visitors in WordPress core other than comments)

    • vtrs 6:49 pm on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      … and please change the default color:)

    • Hassan 7:02 pm on August 13, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Useful survey. It’s about time we give the dashboard page more love. It’s been a bit useless for a while now, except if you have some important plugin widgets there.

    • lessbloat 11:36 am on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Thanks to everyone who took the time to fill this out. We got over 250 responses in under 24 hours. You guys rock! 🙂

    • Miriam Schwab 2:12 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Just filled it out. I think the dashboard should be more actionable, with quick links to do things people do most often: write a new post, create a new page, manage comments.

      And a quick view of stats would be nice, pulled from Google Analytics, social shares etc. A snapshot of how your site is faring on the interwebz.

    • Terry Sutton 3:46 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      STATS!! That’s what I forgot to put in when I filled out the survey!

    • Yaron Guez 4:11 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      The thing that’s not really covered here is that there are two very different uses of WP….a blogging platform or a CMS. If you’re using it as a CMS than all the blogging tools, QuickPress, Recent Comments, Incoming Links, etc are useless. If you’re using it as a blog than they’re indispensable.

    • raygulick 4:42 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think there should be a question that pertains to how you use WordPress. The things on my dashboard (as someone involved primarily in developing WordPress as a custom CMS for clients) is very different from the things a blogger would find useful.

    • Nashwan Doaqan 5:52 pm on August 14, 2013 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Survey Completed 🙂

  • Jen 5:55 pm on April 26, 2012 Permalink
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    Team Reps 

    A few weeks ago I put up a survey for each of the contributor teams, with the goal of identifying a rep (or reps) for each contributing group. In most cases I lined up a primary rep and a backup. For core contributors it was a little different, because we have sub-groups within our group (which is also about 5 times larger than the next biggest contributor group, the theme reviewers).

    In the survey for core contributors, I asked how many reps you thought core should get to ensure that each core contrib constituency would be represented. Choices ranged from 2 to 4, in varying configurations. There was no overwhelming winner for this question. There were many votes for 4, 3, and 2, though some configurations had more votes than others. I removed the votes from people who have not actually contributed to core, but it was still a pretty even split. That said, across each of the configurations, the same people tending to be chosen for the 1 and 2 spots.

    Based on the votes, I propose that the core team rep group be made up of Mark Jaquith, Andrew Nacin, Aaron Campbell, and Helen Hou-Sandi, with their backups being Ryan Boren, Daryl Koopersmith, Cristi Burca (scribu), and Mike Schroder (DH-Shredder) respectively.

    The primary responsibility of being a rep will be participating in a monthly chat with other contributor group reps starting in May, and communicating things between that group and this one. Backup reps can attend the chat if they wish but are not obligated to do so, unless the primary rep says they can’t make it. Since the core team will have multiple reps, we can work out details later like who’ll post what where and how to get feedback from the people they’re meant to represent.

    Thanks to everyone who participated!

  • Jen 7:45 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink
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    Organizing Our Contributor Groups 

    Hi there, core contributors (and those who follow them). One of the things I’ve been meaning to do in the contributor community for the last 3-4 years is organize it so that when we say “contributor” it doesn’t just mean core code and the different contributing groups can all be on the same page. You may have seen some surveys sent/posted to the forums/docs/theme review teams etc. Your turn!

    In order to create a closer relationship between all the contributor groups, ensure our policies and agendas don’t conflict, recognize outstanding contributors, and just generally level up, we need some organization. To wit:

    • I’d like to identify who the active contributors are in each group.
    • I’d like to appoint someone from each group (based on votes from the active group participants) as a group liaison to the rest of the WP project and any cross-team initiatives to improve communication.
    • I’d like to set up a central P2 for communicating project-wide things so that no contributor group ever has to hear important announcements after the fact and we can discuss any issues that come up that could use the help/attention of people from other groups (including core).
    • I’d like to try and set up a monthly IRC chat and/or Google hangout for the liaisons to have some real-time communication.
    • I’d like to organize an annual contributor summit. Similar to the core team meetup concept, but more inclusive.

    The core code contributor team is the most in the know right now, but I’d like to make things a little more equal. Even within core, sometimes I hear people saying they wish they had more of a voice. The way the survey is set up, first you’ll pick how many reps you think core needs to have in the game (just one for core, or a couple, with each representing a different level of experience/seniority to make sure more issues/concerns are heard?), then you’ll vote on who you think the rep(s) should be. Note that inclusion in the survey does not mean that person has agreed to be a rep… I just pulled from our credits list and teams page for 3.4. Once the votes are in, I’ll contact people to see if they’re up for it.

    The survey is at http://wordpressdotorg.polldaddy.com/s/core-contributors
    and is password protected to help reduce spam responses: core2012

    If you could fill it in before the weekend is over (or right now… it’s only a few multiple choice questions), that would be great.


    • Pete Mall 7:53 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      1. Didn’t need the password.
      2. I think the conditionals are screwed up. It seems to be asking me all questions no matter what I picked (1/2/3… reps).

    • Jon Brown 8:34 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Took me a minute to figure out what you meant by Q.9. I’m assuming you mean representatives _at the core community summt_ mentioned in Q.7?

      Also do you really want “people that just follow core” to fill this out?

      • Jane Wells 8:57 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        Realistically, only people who consider themselves contributors ought to submit a survey. That said, if some extra people fill it in, it’s not that big a deal. It asks for names, so I can double check status if it looks fishy.

    • Mert Yazıcıoğlu 9:05 pm on April 5, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      A little off topic but I think the “Core Contributor” term needs to be expanded a tiny little bit. Authors of accepted patches get the “props” (which is right) but people who report the bug itself do not. As far as I know, Core Contributors list is generated by a script that checks “props” in the commit messages and I think it is unfair because a person who reports 100 bugs gets no credit while a guy who submits a simple patch do get.

      Am I missing something?

      • Jane Wells 8:05 am on April 6, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        “Core contributor” has traditionally been shorthand for “core code contributor” or “core developer,” while testers have been another contributor group, though there is frequent overlap (much like forums + docs). I haven’t done the survey for testers yet, as I am making my way through the groups one by one.

      • Mark 8:37 am on April 6, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If you wanted to widen this – someone who answers 1,000 or 10,000 forum questions to help the community at the https://wordpress.org/support forums gets zero acknowledgement while someone who contributes a 10 line patch gets a credit. WP is nothing without all these people.

  • Jen 8:06 am on June 21, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: survey   

    I’m doing a talk at Open Source bridge tomorrow/today on encouraging younger contributors. Can any/all contributors do me a favor and

    so we can get an idea of the average age of our current contributors, and how old people were when they got bitten by the open source bug? Thanks much!

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