Docs Chat: Mar. 13, 2014

Thank you to everyone who came. For anyone unable to attend, you can read the logs here.

The following is a summary of the topics that were discussed.

1. DevHub: Work continues on fixing parser-related issues. @samuelsidler said volunteers are still needed to help with the handbook theme. If you would like to work on the project, leave a comment on this post, or come to the weekly IRC chat on Tuesdays at 16:00 UTC.

2. AH-O2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at There are some big changes, and a new direction, for both the team and the project. The new co-leads are @trishasalas and @Clorith. @jazzs3quence will still be involved in the project in a supportive role. Their weekly meeting on 3/10/2014 was used to discuss the Feature PluginFeature Plugin A plugin that was created with the intention of eventually being proposed for inclusion in WordPress Core. See Features as Plugins. Meeting, and the feedback @jazzs3quence received regarding the current implementation of the 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. They also began laying the groundwork for the new direction the project will take. If you would like to be part of the effort, please attend the weekly IRC chat on Mondays at 18:30 UTC.

3. Handbooks: @sewmyheadon and @hanni met on Wednesday to discuss the current status of the handbooks. @philiparthurmoore has made progress on the Theme Developer Handbook intro. @sewmyheadon still needs to review it.

4. WordPress CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. Style Guide: The team discussed a post that proposed a community-written (and maintained) style guide for WordPress Core to follow. The consensus was that WordPress has its own voice, and there are places where that voice could probably be refined a bit. A WordPress Core style guide could be written, but it would be a canonical reference rather than a community-driven guide.

5. New 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. Profiles: @jenmylo reached out to the team reps a few weeks ago about identifying people in each team to get badges on the new profiles that are being worked on. At some point they hope that the process may be automated, but for now, the profile badges will be manually added. I have already provided a preliminary list of names of team members.

6. In-House Mentorship Program: @DrewAPicture and I talked to @jenmylo and @andreamiddleton about the program at 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. Phoenix in January. They hope to kick off the one-month ‘contributor onramp’ within the coming month. The team discussed what the requirements are, what tasks we could have someone work on for the one-month contributor onramp, and possible mentors.

7. Group Chats Calendar for WordPress Project: @GaryJ brought up the idea in IRC for a group chats calendar that people could subscribe to. @siobhan said this would be a project for the MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. team, if a decision was made to implement one. Concern was expressed that, without a maintainer, the calendar could end up with incorrect information listed. The consensus was that the chat times listed in the sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. for each of the Make blogs should be sufficient for now.