Community Summit 2023: Your Role in What’s Next

The 2023 WordPress Community Summit has come to a close, marking another milestone in our journey to shape the future of the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project. While the event itself was a whirlwind of ideas, discussions, and collaborations, the real work — building upon these insights and translating them into action — has only just begun.

Notes from each Summit session are now available at make.wordpress.org/summit. For your convenience, you can view a complete list of Summit sessions along with their corresponding notes here.

We don’t want this to be a one-way conversation. We urge everyone in the WordPress ecosystem to delve into these notes, share your comments, and encourage others in your network to do the same. Your feedback is not just welcome – it’s essential. By sharing and discussing these notes with your teams and fellow WordPress enthusiasts, you’re ensuring that our collective vision for the future of WordPress is inclusive and well-informed.

Let’s continue to shape the future of WordPress together. Your voice, insights, and passion are what drive this project forward.

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List of topics proposed by teams

As said in the previous post, the following list of topics which need in-person discussions is not definitive as we’ll loopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. https://codex.wordpress.org/The_Loop. back in the next couple of months. Here’s the current list of topics proposed by teams:

CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.

  • How can we increase JavascriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. contributions to Core?
  • What should be Core’s technology support policy (especially related to deprecating support)?
  • How can we better project manage contributors efforts in Core?
  • How can we improve the on-boarding experience for new contributors?
  • How can we improve the Security process from report through triage through disclosure? – (Security)

Design

  • Onboarding: How do we recruit and attract new designers to WordPress?
  • Retention: How do we retain new designers?
  • Process: How do we communicate a unified design process to contributors?
  • Collaboration: How do we work with other WordPress teams to supply design assistance? – (All)
  • Impact: How can WordPress impact the greater design community?

Mobile

  • WP APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. & the mobile apps
  • Possibly the new core blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. editor experience and how it can work with the upcoming Aztec native iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. & Android editors – (Core)

AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility)

  • New developments for the the Editor, and how to safeguard it’s accessibility – (Core)
  • Technology version support policies – (Core)
  • How to involve more developers in helping with the accessibility tickets
  • How to proceed with the handbook

Polyglots

  • Increase outreach (Rosetta sites outreach, jump starting and upgrading our locale sites to best fit the community) – (Community)
  • Local contributor days – (Community)
  • Global contributor days (translation days)” – (Community)
  • Improvement of translation and communication tools 2.0 (we’ve already got the first phase of this going with the O2s, GlotPress improvements, etc) – (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.)
  • Cross locale PTEs implementation discussions – (Meta)
  • Translating documentation (already mentioned above)” – (Meta)
  • New General Translation Editors onboarding/ Mentorship program and new translation contributors onboarding plan
  • Polyglots Leadership team growth plan in underrepresented regions

Support

  • Continue 2015’s discussion about how to make/keep the support community welcoming and open, while at the same time encouraging quality replies
  • Go through the remaining items on the lists of known issues and requested enhancements – (Meta)
  • Create a common style guide (best practices) that can be used across all forum language
  • Improved management of contributors with time to spare

Themes

  • How we improve the leadership of the TRT team?
  • How can we encourage and enable more people to lead new projects?
  • What is the vision and goals of the team?
  • What is the future of the theme review team, can we change it to become the Theme Team and be more involved in theme related activities like improving the theme directory or the theme developers handbook? – (Meta, Docs)
  • Future of the theme review theme and making it smoother and faster
  • How we can encourage creative designs and how to stop more of copy themes which can just be child themeChild theme A Child Theme is a customized theme based upon a Parent Theme. It’s considered best practice to create a child theme if you want to modify the CSS of your theme. https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/advanced-topics/child-themes/.

Docs

  • Game Plan for recruitment
  • Onboarding Plan
  • State of Doc Team’s own documentation
  • DevHub and Helphub Translation
  • Clear way of contributing to specific parts of documentation
  • Helping other teams with their documentation – (All)

Community

  • Global involvement
  • WordCamps & Money
  • Marketing & Engagement – (Marketing)
  • Paying for speaker travel
  • Regional camps
  • Improving deputy training
  • CoC and harrassment reports
  • Supporting other event types

Plugins

  • Tools 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 WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party devs need to manage their plugin – (Meta)
  • Tools plugin devs need to manage reviews and support (crossover with forums) – (Meta, Support)
  • How to effectively handle contributor days
  • Dependencies and libraries – can we save WP from DLL Hell? (crossover with core team) – (Core)
  • Safely and responsibly improving communication of closed plugins (crossover with the meta and security team) – (Meta, Security)

Training

  • None

Meta

  • Translation of documentation on WordPress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/, including developer hub and (the future) help hub – (Polyglots, Docs, Support)
  • Participate in other team’s discussions to see how the Meta team can help them

TV

  • None

Flow / Test

  • None

CLICLI Command Line Interface. Terminal (Bash) in Mac, Command Prompt in Windows, or WP-CLI for WordPress.

  • WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/ Package Index / future of WP-CLI packages and new feature development
  • Improving the contributor workflow, and increasing the contributor pipeline
  • Generally, how to bring the WP-CLI experience closer to people

Marketing

  • None

Hosting

  • How can the Core Security Team work better with hosts? During the 4.7.2 release, our interactions with hosts were drastically expanded, but I would love to continue to pave a path between core security and hosts – (Security)

#teams, #topics

Team Reps

Note from Jane: These notes are from the team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. summit that happened the weekend before #wpcsWordPress Community Support A public benefit corporation and a subsidiary of the WordPress Foundation, established in 2016.. More information about the outcome of this talk will be posted soon to wordpress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/.

How were people chosen to be team reps?

Every contributor group were surveyed (via p2 and/or mailing list) to choose team reps (primary and backup). The 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. team was slightly different in that the group was not very active at that time, so the responses were low, but the selection was Jane and Helen as second. Since Jane was organizing it, Helen was chosen as a CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team rep, and the UI team had devolved into mostly CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site. (dev), no UI team reps were assigned.

Core devs have team reps including long-time core committers, highly experienced devs with commit access, experienced devs without commit access, and devs new to contributing. This overweighted the team rep group in favor of core devs. Also, since people were voted in, roles have changed. Agreed to reduce the number of core dev reps to two, just like all other groups.

Sometimes roles change (like Mika, who’s been working on plugins as well as support). People should, ideally, just be responsible for one thing. How regularly should we revisit who the reps are? Should we time it with release cycle, or make it time-based? 6 months, timed with calendar, not release cycle seems most attractive.

After the summit, Jane will post about another voting round – whittle down the core dev reps, revisit UI/events/etc, and announce the new round of elections.

Term limits. Is it best to switch team reps every term? This can be a good way to encourage people in your team to step up. Another idea is to have a team rep and a rep-in-training, so that the alternate rep can be learning and training before they take on the team rep responsibilities.

Do you lose team rep status based on poor performance? If team reps miss weekly updates or monthly chats, should they be asked to step down? Alternate reps should represent the team if a team rep can’t make a monthly hangout or weekly update. If the whole team can’t post/represent for 2 weeks straight, then they need to re-assess the reps.

What teams are light and need to be recruited for? Mobile, international, accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility), and security (new team!).

Are there any teams we don’t have that we should? WordPress.org team (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.) for sure. UI could use more designers. Support could use more people and documentation writers. It would be a good idea to make documentation a separate group.

Agreed to close voting on December 14 for the next round of team reps to start on January 1, allowing for a 2-week orientation and training/getting up to speed.

It needs to be emphasized to the community that the team rep position is more about communication and project management, not necessarily prestige. Let’s keep assessing our processes and structure, and make iterative improvements.

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