The collaboration efforts across the WordPress.orgWordPress.orgThe 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. https://wordpress.org/ are divided into teams. They are known as the Make or Contributing Teams. In each of the teams, team representatives can be nominated to help co-ordinate this effort, encourage others, and cover many of the administrative tasks. Read more in the post on what it means to be a Team Rep. Summarizing the definition from this article:
“Team RepTeam RepA Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. is a leadership role that is mostly administrative in nature; it is not a Lead role. Letting go of the Team Rep title is not a loss of status, just a handing off of responsibilities. Someone who is a leader in a team can lead whether they are doing the team rep job or not.”
Essentially, this role involves co-ordinating or driving projects. A list of some of responsibilities included in this role are below.
Are responsible for communicating on behalf of their team to other contributor teams and sharing this information back with their own team.
Help represent the team internally, collaborate with other teams, support contributions from others in the team. Answer requests to create, review or edit copy for other teams.
Be part of the interface with the other Make WordPress Teams and leadership.
Help onboard new contributors, support returning and existing contributors.
Facilitate the planning process for team meetings on GitHubGitHubGitHub 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. https://github.com/ and run the weekly meetings with input from other contributors.
Contribute to the agenda and notes, encourage contributors to volunteer for note-taking and the coffee breaks, maintain the schedules and flow.
Encourage contributors and address any issues together with others as needed.
Update the diary post and team calendar.
Contribute to updating the team’s GitHub, and with others who also give time to support this area, its maintenance.
Assist with updates to the handbook and updating documentation.
Aggregate ideas for new tools and features to help the team.
Contribute to contributor events and help plan the team’s involvement.
Monitor and answer queries on the Marketing blog make.wordpress.org/marketing comments, along with other contributors
Moderate disputes, should they occur, and seek assistance from the Community team where necessary.
Encourage team participation and growth in the WordPress community.
Generally keep a watch on the moving parts of the team to represent this at meetings and update the team’s GitHub.
Administer access rights to tools including Google Drive, GitHub, Make WordPress Marketing blog site.
Build on the efforts and contributions of previous team reps and contributors in general.
Invitations to stand and elections will be held in November each year for team rep roles across the project, to start a one year term from January 1. If you are interested in standing in a future year, do reach out to one of the current representatives.
Since 2022, Make teams have moved to an annual system, where all contributors can be nominated for a new year, including those who had stood or been nominated before, irrespective of whether they had opted not to stand in previous years. The Marketing Team moved to an annual model during 2020 and 2021, and as part of this transition had a hybrid system in place where new reps were appointed, based on suggestions invited from the team as a whole, and a consideration of their contribution efforts within the WordPress.org Marketing Team. Recommendations could be made throughout the year and these were shared in the team. When a vacancy arose, if willing to stand, those contributors were subsequently appointed.
Raise a MetaMetaMeta 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. ticket for @here rights for the new team reps. Ask to remove rights for the previous team reps if they no longer need these.