Meta Team in 2015

Just a week into 2016, it’s time to take a look at what the meta team did in 2015. As a reminder, here’s a version of this post from last year.

Sure, I could give you a long list of trac tickets, but instead here’s a general overview of the bigger things we accomplished:

  • Theme Directory: Launched an all-new theme directory, completely open source and powered by WordPress instead of bbPress 1.x. Lists are now sorted by active installs instead of downloads and you can “favorite” your favorite themes.
  • Plugin Directory: Crossed 1 billion cumulative downloads. Redesigned the plugin directory. Lists are now sorted by active installs instead of downloads.
  • Translate: Launched the ability to translate themes and plugins directly on, language packs for said themes and plugins, added a stats overview, and refreshed the GlotPress interface to improve usability.
  • Rosetta: Introduced internationalized theme and plugin directories for all locales, automated Rosetta deploys, and fixed a number of issues throughout the sites. On the forums side, we launched two new internationalized forums, powered by bbPress 2.x.
  • Version 1 of the JSON API was added to, which involved customizing it so only whitelisted data was exposed. Additionally, WordCamp Payments, WordCamp Site Cloner, and WordCamp Remote CSS were launched, to say nothing of the dozens of contributions reviewed and committed. Part of WordCamp Central received a refresh as well.
  • Trac: Mentions were added throughout all of the trac instances so you can -mention someone. Additionally, the entire design was refreshed, among other improvements.
  • Meta Environment: A number of sites were added to the WordPress Meta Environment including:,,,, and
  • Open Source: The changes in this list were mostly open source as the meta team is committed to open sourcing as much of as possible. In 2015, we also open sourced the Showcase theme and reviewed/committed numerous patches from contributors (see below).
  • Feature Plugins: Added the ability to sync feature plugins on GitHub with the plugin directory.
  • Slack: Worked on further integrations including /announce for team leads and better warning/error reporting for Translate and Meta services.
  • Devhub: Added user contributed notes to the developer reference, migrated hundreds of examples from the Codex, and added Used By and Uses section to show direct relationships.
  • Profiles: A number of teams received badges for the first time, including the core, polyglots, and training teams. Favorites was expanded to include themes and updated with plugin icons and new ratings data.
  • Centralized Logins: We started the process of centralizing logins on, which will lead to other improvements.

There’s a ton more that we did throughout the year. You can keep up with changes using the meta trac timeline.


The following 79 people‡ received 149 props over the course of 2015 to the meta repository and its related project: @adrian2k7, @akirk, @amylaneio, @ankit-k-gupta, @atimmer, @bandonrandon, @bansod_deven, @boonebgorges, @bordoni, @bowlhat, @brashrebel, @chaselivingston, @clorith, @coffee2code, @colorful-tones, @dd32, @deconf, @djpaul, @drewapicture, @dzver@empireoflight, @erikguimaraes, @folletto, @francescolaffi, @garyj, @helen, @hideokamoto, @hugobaeta, @iandunn, @isaackeyet, @jasonm4563, @jeffgolenski, @jeherve, @jeremyfelt, @joefletcher, @johnbillion, @johnjamesjacoby, @johnnypea, @kovshenin, @kraftbj, @liljimmi, @markoheijnen, @matheusfd @mcguive7, @mdawaffe, @melchoyce, @mercime, @mj12982, @morganestes, @nacin, @nao, @nataliemac, @nathanshubert, @nbachiyski, @netweb, @nickmomrik, @nvwd, @obenland, @obrienlab, @ocean90, @otto42, @pauldewouters, @pento, @pixolin, @rachelbaker, @ramiy, @rclilly, @ryelle, @sa3idho, @samuelsidler, @sergeybiryukov, @siobhan, @stephdau, @tfrommen, @tyxla, @valeriosouza, @yoavf, @zodiac1978, and @_dorsvenabili.

A HUGE thank you to all of the contributors above. I’d especially like to call out @sergeybiryukov and @ramiy, who both made large contributions (21 and 15 props, respectively) to the meta team last year.

As a basis for comparison, here’s a table of our stats in 2014 versus 2015.

2014 2015
Contributors 45 79
Props 113 149
Committers 14 18
Commits 875 1163

(The table above only includes props, committers, and commits for the meta repository, not related projects.)

‡ Note that this total includes contributors to the Meta Environment, Camptix, and Tagregator repositories.