Handbooks Update: November 18, 2014

Present today were: @aj_mallory, @blobaugh, @grappleulrich, @naomicbush, @samuelsidler, @sewmyheadon, and @topher1kenobe.

Most importantly, the chat is moving to Thursdays at the same time. The next chat will be Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 21:00 UTC. We will not have a chat next week due to Thanksgiving in the US. Of course, we all idle in #docs in SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. if there are questions outside of our weekly chat.

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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party developer handbook:

  • Launched version 1 at WCSF
  • Not much traction since
  • Focus going forward is getting minor issues (on the spreadsheet) taken care of, then onto reviewing the top Codex pages and bringing over any good information so we can redirect them.

Theme developer handbook:

  • Completely migrated since prior to WCSF.
  • Minor movement just after WCSF but mostly stagnant.
  • We need volunteers to own pages so we can get moving.

If you want to help with either handbook, pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” any of us in #docs on Slack (especially @blobaugh@sam, @sewmyheadon, and @topher1kenobe).

Coming up on December 6 is the Docs Sprint in Seattle and in #docs on Slack.