Devchat meeting summary – May 20, 2020

@francina facilitated the chat on this agenda.
Meeting recap by @audrasjb and @marybaum.

Full meeting transcript on Slack


Just a few hours before the chat, the hardworking team behind the plugins and themes auto-updates feature committed it to Core! Congrats to all!

Check out this related ticketticket Created for both bug reports and feature development on the bug tracker. that adds Help Tabs text to update-core, themes and plugins WP-Adminadmin (and super admin) screens: #50215

If you’d like to be part of the Full Site Editing outreach experiment, the sign-up deadline is now May 22. @chanthaboune noted that’s just to show interest, not a commitment yet.

Highlighted posts

Upcoming releases

WordPress 5.5

The next major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope. of WordPress is in active development (Alpha cycle).

@francina noted the team is not quite complete, but it’s confirmed that @matt will return as release leadRelease Lead The community member ultimately responsible for the Release.@davidbaumwald as co-lead in the role of Triagetriage The act of evaluating and sorting bug reports, in order to decide priority, severity, and other factors. PM and @sergeybiryukov as Core tech lead. The 5.5 team will also mentor the 5.6 team.

WordPress 5.4.2

@audrasjb shared that there are 20 tickets in the milestone. Of those, 17 are closed as fixed.

@whyisjake leads this point releaseMinor Release A set of releases or versions having the same minor version number may be collectively referred to as .x , for example version 5.2.x to refer to versions 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.2.3, and all other versions in the 5.2 (five dot two) branch of that software. Minor Releases often make improvements to existing features and functionality., and the group firmed plans for a release candidaterelease candidate One of the final stages in the version release cycle, this version signals the potential to be a final release to the public. Also see alpha (beta). on June 3 and a final release June 10.

Components check-in and status updates

@whyisjake was exuberant that the core team was able to merge the auto-updates code today. This is going to do a great deal to help people stay on top of updates for a safer WordPress ecosystem.

The merge is just the latest significant step toward the master plan for 2020. Lazy-loading of images merged a few weeks ago, and XML sitemaps is making great progress as well.

On the accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( side, @audrasjb shared that most of the accessibility team’s main projects for 5.5 are moving forward. Alternate views for posts, users, and comments lists should be ready for review soon.

@johnbillion wanted to note that weekly meetings for Multisitemultisite Used to describe a WordPress installation with a network of multiple blogs, grouped by sites. This installation type has shared users tables, and creates separate database tables for each blog (wp_posts becomes wp_0_posts). See also network, blog, site have restarted, on Tuesdays at 17:00 UTC in #core-multisite. Come join them!

In Site Health, @clorith pointed out that the Theme Review Team has implemented requirements for PHPPHP The web scripting language in which WordPress is primarily architected. WordPress requires PHP 5.6.20 or higher headers in themes. That move should push users in the right direction for updates.

As well, the Site Health component team has had discussions with hosting about bumping the version for Servehappy dashboard nags.

Open floor

@dlh wanted to highlight #48416. He recently encountered a use for it again. If you’re interested in the taxonomyTaxonomy A taxonomy is a way to group things together. In WordPress, some common taxonomies are category, link, tag, or post format. component, please give it a look.

@sippis reminded everyone to register for WCEU 2020 Online Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus., which is Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 13:00 UTC. If you don’t register, you won’t get the emails you’ll need in advance, so don’t forget to register.

#5-4-2, #5-5, #dev-chat, #feature-autoupdates, #fse, #summary, #wceu, #wceu-2020

Privacy Office Hours Minutes 14 May 2020 Plans for WCEU Contributor Day

Mission for WCEU Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus.

Make Privacy Actionable.

Working groups:

There will be two working groups:
– Coding working group (coordinated by @garrett-eclipse);
– Non-coding working group (coordinated by @carike).

Pre-event office hours:

– 3 June 2020 at 10:00 UTC;
– 3 June 2020 at 19:00 UTC.

Pre-event office hours are to help onboard new contributors.
This primarily involves making sure that they have access to the tools necessary for the day.


SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at
Privacy Policy: region-specific at
Terms of Service: region-specific at

Privacy Policy:
Terms of Service:
We will be using StreamYard, as a number of experienced contributors in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.-privacy have expressed an unwillingness to use Zoom due to privacy considerations.

Privacy Policy:
Terms of Service:

Core TracTrac An open source project by Edgewall Software that serves as a bug tracker and project management tool for WordPress. (coding working group):
Privacy Policy:

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. (coding working group):
Privacy Policy:
Terms of Service:

How to participate:

As a host:
If you are interested in hosting one or more topics, please comment below.
You can contact @carike on Slack if you would like more information.

As a guest via StreamYard:
You DO NOT need to register a StreamYard account in order to enter the stream as a guest.
You DO NOT need to download any program in order to use StreamYard. It is an in-browser solution.
You DO NOT need to appear on-screen if that is not something you are comfortable with. An audio-only option is available. We’re going to be using a very practical approach, so I’m going to be screen-sharing most of the time anyway.
We will provide new contributors with instructions on joining StreamYard as a guest via e-mail.
Instructions can also be found here: Guest Instructions:
We will provide new contributors with a link to join the stream via Direct Message (DM) on Slack, as there can only be six contributors “onscreen” (or via audio) at any one time (i.e. two hosts and four new contributors), with up to four additional new contributors in the “waiting room”.

As a guest via YouTube:
You DO NOT need to register an account with YouTube in order to watch the stream.
You DO need to register an account and be logged in to YouTube in order to participate in the live chat.
StreamYard supports integrating live chat messages from YouTube.
This will allow for more real-time input and also allow participation among those who do not want to use audio, or appear onscreen.
We are trying to recruit experienced contributors to help moderate the YouTube live chat to ensure compliance with the WCEU Code of Conduct, as well as to highlight any questions, comments and suggestions to the hosts.
Please comment below if you are able to help with YouTube live chat moderation.
You can find a copy of the 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 Online 2020 here:

Via Trac (coding working group):
You DO need to register an account with The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. in order to comment on Trac tickets.

Via GitHub (coding working group):
You DO need to register an account with GitHub in order to create / comment on issues or to create / comment on Pull Requests (PRs).

On the day:

Coding working group:

13:00 – 16:00 UTC (coding working group)
Garrett will be available on Slack during this time.

The coding working group will participate via Slack, Core Trac and GitHub.
@garrett-eclipse is going through the list of privacy-related tickets to mark them with the “good first bugbug A bug is an error or unexpected result. Performance improvements, code optimization, and are considered enhancements, not defects. After feature freeze, only bugs are dealt with, with regressions (adverse changes from the previous version) being the highest priority.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.) where applicable.
For the more adventurous, there is the option to contribute to “help wanted” tickets for the next major releasemajor release A release, identified by the first two numbers (3.6), which is the focus of a full release cycle and feature development. WordPress uses decimaling count for major release versions, so 2.8, 2.9, 3.0, and 3.1 are sequential and comparable in scope. (WordPress 5.5.).
An overview of current privacy tickets can be found here:

Non-coding working group:

The non-coding working group will have two two-hour sessions.

13:30 – 15:00 UTC
How to market without destroying user privacy (working title only).
Hosts: @carike and @jonoaldersonwp
During this session, we hope to identify online marketing best-practices that can be implemented even when users have opted-out (or not opted-in, depending on the jurisdiction) to being tracked with the view of creating actionable Trac tickets and / or to provide a resource for content marketing.
Topics will include:
– What is informed consent in a marketing context?
– Which digital marketing strategies were employed pre-the-ability-to-track-across-platforms and how may we able to adapt these?
– Which data points may still remain available for analytics if a user opts out of / does not opt in to the collection of their PPI.
Jono is “special ops” at Yoast SEO and we are very excited to have him participate.

16:00 – 18:00 UTC
A case study in the application of the Privacy Workflow Document and the Disclosures and Permissions (DPT) tabs.
Hosts: @carike and @pepe
In this session, we will be attempting to harmonize the Privacy Workflow Document and the Disclosures and Permissions (DPT) tabs and apply them practically to the WP Job Manager pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party.
The desired outcome for this session is an action plan for an education drive among plugin and theme authors regarding the proposed disclosures.json file.
Pepe has previously presented at WordCamp, is very involved with the #core-privacy team and was helped to create the draft Privacy Workflow Document. His insight will be invaluable to this session.


We will be using the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license for the non-coding work group:

Contributions to the code are licensed in terms of the General Public License (GPLGPL GNU General Public License. Also see copyright license.) version 2 or later:

Slack logs:

You can view the Slack logs here:
In order to view the logs, you will first need a account:
You will then need to register a Slack account:

Change log:
14 May 2020 at 14:15 UTC – @carike added GitHub information.
14 May 2020 at 17:45 UTC – @carike updated formatting in the Slack links.
16 May 2020 at 11:35 UTC – @carike switched out the non-coding session starting at 16:00 UTC, as Pepe has agreed to co-host.
18 May 2020 at 18:05 UTC – @carike added the times Garrett will be available on Contributor Day.
1 June 2020 at 13:55 UTC – @carike changed the start time for the first non-coding session in order to accommodate the WCEU introductions.
3 June 2020 at 19:40 UTC – @carike added details for the workgroup sessions and removed the third session.

#contributor-day, #privacy, #wceu-2020, #wordcamp-europe-online-2020