Priorities Meeting Recap 2023-05-03

OpenverseOpenverse Openverse is a search engine for openly-licensed media, including images and audio. Find Openverse on GitHub and at contributors discussed priorities for April in this meeting. View the full notes here and a summary below.

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. discussion

We had some meta discussion about the project process and documentation:

  • We discussed making addendums to project planning documents and created a new issue for handling such changes.
  • We confirmed that we should create issues for implementation plans, and @zackkrida created a PR to update the project documentation with a reminder: Add documentation for creating implementation plan issues #2010
  • It would be useful to update project thread issue bodies with the links for project plans and implementation plans after the PRs are merged. The generated docs are easier to read and will be up to date with any addendums. Issue created here.
  • A question was raised by @olgabulat with regards to the consent decisionmaking process: How do proposal authors know that the clarification round is over?
    • @aetherunbound suggested that the best heuristic is when all questions and comments from the assigned reviewers have been marked as “resolved” in the 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. UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing..

Finally, we discussed the fact that we didn’t feel like there was availability to start new projects this month. There was general consensus that we currently have too many open projects. This was primarily attributed to some smaller projects lingering. We speculate that this was related to much of the meta work that emerged from the monorepo move and our efforts to rapidly improve Both valuable, but unaccounted for, efforts.

The approach we would like to take here is to continue working on open projects with the intention of closing as many of the smaller projects as possible. Some examples being:

  • CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. UI improvements
  • Usage Analytics
  • Search relevancy sandbox
  • Popularity calculation optimizations

After that, we should be in a much better position to balance working on our larger initiatives and starting new projects at the same time.

At next month’s priorities meeting, if we do not feel that we made sufficient progress on closing open projects, we will begin to discuss taking action to adjust our expectations for the year, things like:

  • Rescheduling projects
  • Putting some projects on hold until 2024

Open Projects

We discussed open projects at length. Please, check out the notes for a description of each open project, but I’m going to pull out action items and highlights here:

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