Polyglots global team leads and mentors

Leading the polyglots team isn’t an easy task. Lots of cultures, a lot of diversity. Understanding everyone can be hard. The polyglots leadership team helps new contributors get started, connects the team to the other contributor teams, pushes development improvements in the tools used by all translation contributors and handles requests posted on make.wordpress.org/polyglots.

What is a lead/team mentor? What is a lead/team mentor?

Below we will try and define the different roles team mentors have. The terms “global” designates that the role is not limited to a specific local community but aimed at helping anyone who would like to translate WordPress.

Community leads and team mentors Community leads and team mentors

Essentially, this role is non-technical and involves working with people. Here’s a list of a lot of responsibilities included in this role. (There may be more!)

  • Review and answer “people”-based P2 comments and requests
  • Answer requests for new locales (research and process requests following the established process)
  • Weekly meetings (organize, take notes, post updates on how locales are doing)
  • Moderate disputes between General Translation Editors and translators
  • Mentorships – Connect GTEs with other GTEs who can help and give pointers.
  • Help to expand teams – find and approve GTEs; communicate with current GTEs
  • Interface with the other non-technical teams (community, wordpress.tv, marketing, etc.)
  • Interface with legal (as a result of Rosetta contacts)
  • Review Rosetta sites to ensure they meet expectations
  • Contact locale managers if a Rosetta site does not meet expectations and work to get them fixed.
  • Write and maintain documentation
  • Aggregate ideas for new tools and features to help the team
  • Organise events and remote contributor days
  • Create and maintain policies (like the Rosetta expectations; new things may be needed in the future)
  • Compile and post stats (on the P2)
  • Generally, find people to do things

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Technical leads Technical leads

Technical leads are responsible for doing everything needed technically. Here’s a list of things that they may need to do:

  • Answer technical questions on the P2 (deployment, other related things)
  • Deploy Rosetta, including forums and P2s when those exist again.
  • Create locales (after community lead approves)
  • GlotPress – interface with the GlotPress team, including discussing future needs and helping implement those needs where applicable.
  • Interface with the core team about upcoming core changes
  • Interface with the meta team about necessary wordpress.org changes.
  • Work on technical problems that local translations have
  • Create and compile stats (with community leads)
  • Write and maintain technical documentation

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How do we find/appoint leads? How do we find/appoint leads?

Because of its global and diverse nature, the Polyglots team doesn’t just have one or two leads. It has a leadership team that helps cover timezones and collaborates for better understanding of issues across languages and cultures. The leadership team can work together to ensure no one gets burnt out and that no knowledge gets lost along the way. Team leads are people who are trusted by the global community and have an established history of helping contributors across different channels. The leadership team is open to everyone who would like to join and help on a global level.

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Current polyglots global team Current polyglots global team

The following people are responsible for taking care of requests and mentoring and helping new contributors on a global level: