Recap of team meeting, June 2

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Attendance: @katiejrichards, @topher1kenobe, @mdburnette, @kartiks16, @eboxnet, @meher, @krupalpanchal, @kafleg, @st810amaze

Welcome to the newcomers joining the Photos channel (Slack usernames): @roytanck@jillbinder@Melissa Ann Sorrells@krysal@Nav@Ryan Van de Kamp@gwallace@benlumia007@Nomad Skateboarding@Vagelis@Mira Padalia@Pratiksha@Ugyen@Jaed, @Krupal Panchal@Shuvo@chaion07@fuddin@david111780@tomeklach@Afshana Diya

Special thanks to all that joined us for this meeting, as it was held on a different day than usual to coincide with 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. Europe’s Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. – where @topher1kenobe and @mdburnette were present!

Project milestones

This month, we have a few milestones to share since our last meeting on May 6th. It was another slower month, though some plans are in place to ramp up contribution. More on that in a minute.

But first, the numbers for this month.

As of this meeting, the directory includes over 2700 user-contributed photos, including passing numbers 2600 (Indian Banyan) and 2700 (beautiful pink flower)! Green, brown, and blue dominate the most popular colors, outpacing the next 7 most popular colors combined. This is likely because of the vast number of outdoor landscape photos contributed.

In addition, we’re nearing 300 individual contributors — clocking in at 293 as of this meeting! This continues to show us that, even with below-average submission counts, we’re still seeing a lot of new contributors. 🎉

Every month we’ll share some raw stats here as well. Here are a few stats for the month leading up to this meeting:

  • 300 photos were submitted in the last month
  • 61% have been approved
  • 32% are pending
  • 7% have been rejected for not meeting conditions to be published in the directory (insufficient photo quality or the inclusion of human faces being the most common reasons for rejection)

Current issues

➡️ Our largest issue at the moment continues to be our backlog of moderator applications. The current moderators and team reps have held additional discussions to clarify how moderators need to be vetted and the process by which this will happen.

We want to make sure folks are onboarded with all the tools and information they’ll need to hit the ground running. If you submitted an application to become a Photo Directory moderator, you should have heard from us and we’ll begin onboarding new moderators soon!

➡️ Also, we’ve discussed partnering with meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area. organizers for Photo Directory promotion. A LearnWP workshop video and lesson plan exist for these meetups and we’re in talks with several organizers now. If you’re interested in sharing about the WordPress Photo Directory and would like to talk to us about it, please let us know in the #photos Slack channel!

➡️ Finally, a quick chat was had about ALT text for images at submission. No clear plan of action was decided based on this discussion, though all parties agree that this is an important and necessary addition.

Open discussion

Due to the participation in WCEU Contributor Day, open discussion was light this time around. The only issue surfaced this time was surrounding better discovery of one’s own submitted photos — like a “My Profile” or “My Photos” link. All authors currently have pages with their photos, but these are not easily accessed for finding your own contributions.

Two tickets were created by @topher1kenobe based on this conversation:

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