Summary: Non Code Contributions to WordPress

Attendees: Ryan Imel, Sara Cannon, Brandon Dove, Andy Stratton, Tom Willmot, Siobhan, Ryan Duff, Lisa Sabin-Wilson, Justin Sainton, John Hawkins, Andrea Rennick, Mika Epstein

The main issue was that if you want to find who contributes to coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress., it’s easy, but meetups/wordpcamps/etc are unlisted, and there are no acknowledgement for loads of work.

There’s no credits page for non-coders (and coder is really an iffy term, since help-doc edits get listed). Possible suggestions of things to add/pull from:

  • In the help tabs or on the .org credit page, below rockstar
  • Ticket submitters should be listed in the credits page (if they forget to credit/prop you, you’re forgotten. Sad Elf)
  • 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. Props – Workups/Wireframes don’t get props
  • Automated culled list – anyone who commented/contribed on a ticket that was picked up and added to this release “These people were involved”
  • From the Make Blogs – Pull Recent RockStars too

Make credit page less of people who WROTE code.

  • – Here are the code leaders
  • – Here are the codex leaders
  • – Here are the support leaders

Remember that profile pages don’t show codex, so seeing who wrote a page isn’t all that helpful for most.

Lower the wall for new non-code-contrib

  • Identify these barriers
  • Terminology?
  • Meetups – joint project to contribute a codex page/handbook
  • Mentorship
  • ties in with fixing profiles
  • Bring in codex edits to The 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.
  • List Meetups etc ‘Where I help’ on the profile page
  • WordCamps I’ve been at, spoken at, organized
  • How do we validate ‘I organized this 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.
  • Tie in data to validate
  • PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party that adds data to extended profile – speaker-CAMP-YEAR etc etc

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. categorize role

Self Assessments

  • I’m awesome at….
  • I’m good at ….
  • I’m okay at …
  • Please don’t ask me about …


  • Design standard format for handbooks
  • CORE
  • User Guide
  • Theming Best Practices
  • Plugin Best Practices
  • WordCamp Organizers
  • Meetups
  • Teaching WP

Action Items

  • * Improve profiles to include more (@JJJ)
  • * Change Credits to recognize the non-coders (people who submit tickets, contrib to discussion, user manuals, make-people)
  • * Offline Activities (Meetups and WordCamps) — SEPARATE INSTALL, will have to wait, but it’s on the radar



  • – Make a post on /support about the handbooks/documentation

MIKA (tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub. tickets)

  • Improve credits
  • Add a link in the welcome screen or about page to ‘How to contribute’

There’s a codex template that you can use to indicate a stub, write up how to edit

Rewrite the main page of Codex to an intro