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  • Siobhan 9:20 pm on November 27, 2012 Permalink

    Hi all!

    I’ve made a list of all of the things in the codex that I think need to be updated for WordPress 3.5: https://make.wordpress.org/docs/2012/11/27/if-all-goes-to-plan-wordpress-3-5-will/

    It’s in progress so please feel free to add to it.

    But what’s most relevant, is that some of the updates will be relevant to the user manual too. We’re already aware of the updates to media, but there have been a number of changes to the Settings as well. I’m not sure if they were considered when we created the manual.

  • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 5:49 pm on November 26, 2012 Permalink  

    3.5 Master List Post 

    What follows this is the boilerplate I use for the ZOMG! WordPress Upgrades Broke me!

    What I’d like is if you guys can think up quirks with 3.5 (plugins and themes you know won’t work, or have to be handled special) or other massive changes, that we collect them all here. Then I’ll craft the ‘final’ release.

    (More …)

  • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 11:56 pm on November 21, 2012 Permalink  

    No Meetup Tomorrow 

    If everyone wants to meet and hang out, they can, but the US folks (hi) will be off eating turkey. πŸ˜€

    For next week, since 3.5 RC should be coming out soon, everyone should think about putting the RCs on their site and helping us test πŸ˜‰ After all, you’re support! You gotta know what’s coming. Also I’ll be putting up the OMGWTFBBQ! post for review, and suggestions, early next week, and I’d love it if everyone came up with a list of weird things in 3.5.

    Oh and don’t forget to update your plugin readmes with ‘compatible up to…’ if they are.

    • esmi 5:43 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Maybe we could persuade him to add something to the theme template tags – maybe something along the lines of Min WP Version? There’s already something very similar being used for child themes to indicate the appropriate version of the parent theme.

    • esmi 4:29 pm on November 22, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      I think we should push for a similar “compatible with” for themes – especially since there’s no mandatory obligation to support older versions of WP in the theme review guidelines. I seem to have seen quite a few forum topics where people with old versions of WP are installing new themes. wp_get_theme() seems to be the real killer.

      • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 4:30 pm on November 22, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        If it was as easy to update that in themes ( @chipbennett is it? ) I would, but IIRC you can’t just edit the readme like you can with plugins.

        • Chip Bennett 3:13 pm on November 23, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

          No, it’s not. The infrastructure is entirely different. I’d love to see a way to update Theme metadata easily (such as compatible-up-to/tested-up-to/requires), but how to implement something like that would be a question for @otto42

    • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 12:06 am on November 22, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

  • Jen 6:50 pm on November 19, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Documentation, teams   

    Per discussions at the community summit, Documentation is now a separate official contributor group. @raggedrobins will be the acting team rep. Have at it, folks!


  • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 2:20 pm on November 19, 2012 Permalink  

    3.5 Help Text Needs Our Help! 

    From @drewapicture:

    Hi folks,

    It’s that time of the cycle again to audit the Help text. The trac ticket for 3.5 is here: #22451https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/22451

    I’ve already combed through every single-site Dashboard page and submitted grouped patches last week. But now I need your help! If anybody is willing and able to go through and review some or all of them, I’d be grateful for the collaboration and extra eyes.

    So please, hop in and while you’re at it, start thinking about what goes weird in 3.5 πŸ™‚ More on that later!

  • Siobhan 12:48 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink  

    Handbooks: Teams and Templates 

    Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting in touch with people who I’d like to see involved with the handbooks. I’m going to continue to do this over the next few weeks as we get started on working. I just wanted to give you an update on teams and templates.


    Here’s who we’ve got so far:

    [update: am adding more people to teams as they contact me]


    Daniel Bachuber
    Japh Thomson

    Andrea Rennick
    Scott Basgaard
    Christine Rondeau
    Dean Robinson
    Phil Erb
    Mika Epstein

    Plugin Dev
    Pippin Williamson
    Dougal Campbell
    Tom McFarlin
    Thomas Griffin
    Maor Chasen
    Justin Sainton

    Theme Dev
    Chris Reynolds
    Tammie Lister
    Rachel Baker
    Jay Hoffman

    Theme Review
    (no one so far πŸ™ )


    Brandon Dove
    Ryan Imel
    Aaron Jorbin
    Sara Rosso

    (no one so far πŸ™ ) Except Isaac?
    Abhishek Ghosh


    ZΓ© Fontainhas


    Andrea Rennick
    Christine Rondeau
    Dean Robinson

    These things span all of the handbooks:

    General help

    Kari Leigh Marucchi
    Abbie Sanderson

    Shane Pearlman
    @helenyhou or other person from UI
    Mel Choyce


    We definitely need more people so if you know of anyone please send them this post. Or drop me an email: siobhan at wordsforwp dot com and I’ll get in touch with them personally.


    After having chats with different people in different contributor groups and reviewing the material that we have already, I’ve come up with a very loose schema that I think will work across the handbooks.


    All of the things you need to start contributing to this area

    Useful tools to get started

    The different ways that you can get involved in this area

    Tutorials & Guides
    Practical guides to doing what you need to do

    Glossaries etc (maybe useful email addresses etc?)

    Best Practice
    Coding Standards, Best Practices, UI Guidelines, UX Guidelines, Accessibility

    Lists the contributors to that manual.

    This is a starting point, so please do make suggestions based on your own experience. There’s always a danger when you’re creating something generic that you lose the specific, which is why I’ve tried to keep the schema as loose as possible.

    Some other things

    I have a chat with Brad and Pippin about the plugin development handbook. They had some great ideas to keep in mind:

    1. We should use practical examples of code that will help people to learn
    2. We need a syntax highlighter of some description. We did discuss using Gists but then our docs are reliant on Github and that not something we want

    I think there may have been other things so Brad and Pippin if I’ve forgotten something please chime in. Soon we’ll get into discussions about the particularities of specific handbooks I’m sure, but I wanted to note these here for the record

    Next Steps?

    Next steps are as follows:

    1. Come up with schedule and workflow – I’ve got some stuff written down on this but will save for another post! Let’s aim for long term – we don’t want to burn ourselves out.
    2. Schedule some google hangouts with contributor groups and volunteers to discuss best practices
    3. Develop table of contents

    Okay, phew! That was a long post again. Let me know if I’ve missed anything, please do add any suggestions or tell me where things can be improved.

    Most importantly, spread the word. This is an exciting project in its beginning stages and over the next year we’ll be able to create something we’re genuinely proud of and that gets more people contributing to WordPress.

  • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 11:51 pm on November 15, 2012 Permalink  

    Is your Forum ID a company rep account? 

    When you use the forums, are you doing so as your company?

    Let me know your forum ID and I’ll make your Title “Company Rep.” (or anything else officialish you want). This way folks in the forums can see you’re legit πŸ™‚ And yes, I’ll check on you guys first πŸ˜‰

    • Vinod Dalvi 4:11 pm on December 18, 2013 Permalink

      Hi Mika,

      Could you set my title too please? πŸ™‚

      handle = vinod-dalvi
      title = WPMU DEV Support Staff

      You can see me here: http://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/profile/mozillavvd

      Thanks & Regards,
      Vinod Dalvi

    • WPMU DEV 4:00 pm on December 18, 2013 Permalink

      Hi Mika,

      Could you set my title too please? πŸ™‚

      handle = vinod-dalvi
      title = WPMU DEV Support Staff

      You can see me here: http://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/profile/mozillavvd

      Vinod Dalvi

      • WPMU DEV 4:03 pm on December 18, 2013 Permalink

        Hi Mika,

        Please ignore it as it is replied using wrong account.


    • David 8:53 pm on November 7, 2013 Permalink

      Could you set my title too please? πŸ™‚

      handle = ugotsta
      title = WPMU DEV Support Staff

      You’ll see me here: http://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/profile/dmallonee

    • Bappi D Great 7:08 pm on October 2, 2013 Permalink

      Hey Mika,

      I’m a new guy at WPMU…

      handle = bappidgreat
      title = WPMU DEV Support Staff

      You can see me here http://premium.wpmudev.org/#teaser-about

    • rdellconsulting 7:54 am on October 1, 2013 Permalink

      I’m with @acub on Customizr and had a little problem on the above thread last night! Although not employees of @nikeo, we dedicate a lot of time to the Theme. It was @esmi who directed us here for your kind consideration πŸ˜‰

    • acub 11:25 pm on September 30, 2013 Permalink

      Hello, I’d like “Customizr Theme Support” for my account. I am one of the 2 persons granted the permission to post snippets on the theme’s official page. Here’s my author page on that website: http://www.themesandco.com/author/andrei/ (we just started it a week ago). I’d like to state we don’t charge anything for our support and we don’t know each other outside the forums. I personally am doing it because I love the theme. I’m also active on the theme’s WP support forum.

    • Jack Kitterhing 8:03 am on July 24, 2013 Permalink

      Hi Mika,

      Could you set my title too please? πŸ™‚

      handle = jack-kitterhing
      title = WPMU DEV Support Staff

      You can see me here: http://premium.wpmudev.org/#teaser-about


    • Tom Willmot 2:13 pm on July 22, 2013 Permalink

      Hey Mika,

      Any chance you add stubbs123, noel_tock, pauldewouters & danielbachhuber to Human Made please πŸ™‚

    • Mike 4:18 pm on May 30, 2013 Permalink

      That was quick! Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Michael Copestake 3:50 pm on May 30, 2013 Permalink

      Hi Mika,

      I’ve just started at WPMU DEV so could you set my title too please?

      handle = michael-copestake
      title = WPMU DEV Support Staff

      You can see me here: http://premium.wpmudev.org/#teaser-about


    • Marcus 11:41 am on May 3, 2013 Permalink

      This is very helpful… people get confused about who’s an ‘official’ supporter.

      Could you please add ‘Events Manager Support’ to caimin_nwl and angelo_nwl?

      • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 2:52 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink

        Marcus, is this for a plugin? When answering posts in the plugin threads, they should already be getting green tags saying Plugin Author or Plugin Contributor. Just add them to the readme and they’ll show up πŸ™‚

        • Marcus 4:56 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink

          Thanks for the reply, yes, it is for a plugin.

          I’m aware of these readme tags, but since they’re not acutal developers, they’re just there to provide support, I’d rather they have these specific names instead to avoid confusion. That option was my last resort, esmi kindly pointed me here.

          I’m ok with just the green tag on my own account, that works pretty well for me πŸ™‚

          • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 5:03 pm on May 3, 2013 Permalink

            I understand the confusion, however in this case, since these people (and you) are plugin specific, the right place is to list them as Author.

            Maybe @otto42 can change that ‘Contributors’ and not ‘Author’ on the sidebar (display only, not change the readme), and then it would be more clear?

    • Marvie Pons 5:50 pm on May 2, 2013 Permalink

      Hi Mika, could you add “TutsKid Ninja” to Users: marviepons & Triptripper? Thanks!

    • James Laws 3:21 pm on May 2, 2013 Permalink

      I would love to have The WP Ninjas for both jameslaws & kstover. We are obviously active in our plugin support forums and I try to hop on over to the regular forums whenever I get a chance. πŸ™‚

    • m0nty 7:41 pm on April 13, 2013 Permalink

      hey mika


      Auth: WPMU DEV Support Staff


    • tom.eagles 11:18 pm on March 18, 2013 Permalink

      Hi Mika

      Could you set me up also please

      Handle = Tom Eagles
      Auth = WPMU Dev Support Staff

      Kindest Regards


      p.s. you normally see me around using the plugin authors user id, but we want to keep the two separate

    • aristath 5:02 pm on March 4, 2013 Permalink

      Hey Mica, that’s great!

      Add me too…

      handle= aristath
      title = WPMU DEV Support Staff

      Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • ellbristow 7:53 am on March 4, 2013 Permalink

      Hey Mika,

      I’m a new guy at WPMU…

      handle = ellbristow
      title = WPMU DEV Support Staff

    • Sol 8:10 pm on November 28, 2012 Permalink

      Hey Mika, could the AddThis Team get “AddThis Samurai” (I was talked out of AddThis Ninja). Our handles are:

      srijith.v, solchea, _mjk_, addthis_paul, joesullivan, vipinss


      • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 9:19 pm on November 28, 2012 Permalink

        Samurais support with honor. Much like Kligons. πŸ˜‰

        Done. Also lifted the ‘Slow down!’ flag.

        • Sol 7:32 pm on December 7, 2012 Permalink

          Thanks. We will serve with honor πŸ™‚

    • Tom Willmot 6:27 pm on November 22, 2012 Permalink

      Hey Mika,

      Could we get all our staff listed as Human Made?

      Our handles are joehoyle, mattheu, tcrsavage & willmot.

    • PC - WPMU DEV 5:27 am on November 17, 2012 Permalink

      Hey Mika,

      pranayachaudhary – WPMU DEV Support Staff

      Cheers, PC

    • James 12:06 am on November 17, 2012 Permalink

      Hey Mika,

      Cool idea!

      These days we generally go by ‘WPMU DEV’ rather than ‘WPMU Dev’ (I know how much you guys like correct capitalisation πŸ˜‰ and we’re more than happy to have stuff setup as ‘WPMU DEV Support Staff’ or whatever you prefer (there are a bunch of us and more coming) – although I don’t see how ‘WPMU DEV’ would be at all confusing these days, it’s been WordPress Multisite for aeons now.

      BTW, I’m user ‘Farms’, but not support staff, can I be ‘WPMU DEV CEO’ or something?

      Cheers, James

    • pcwriter 9:48 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

      Hey Mika,

      Handle = pcwriter
      Auth = WPMU Dev Support Staff


    • Timothy Bowers 9:25 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

      Hey there.

      gmax21 = WPMU DEV

      Cheers πŸ™‚

      • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 9:28 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

        Do you want WPMU Dev Support Staff like Joe? I think that might lessen the confusion with the formerly known as WPMU Multisite :/

    • aecnuorg 9:08 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

      Greetings πŸ™‚

      Handle aecnuorg – authority WPMU Dev Support Staff

      Joe πŸ™‚

    • roblagatta 6:39 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

      Awesome! If I had more creativity I’d go with something cool or otherwise unique for the name there…but I’m boring πŸ™‚

      Thanks again, Mika.

    • roblagatta 4:36 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

      Hi there Mika. Thanks for the offer here; I’d love to have my account on the dot-org forums (roblagatta) tied to the Modern Tribe brand. If there were a way to just get “Modern Tribe Support” added (and the “Slow down!” limitation removed) it would be fantastic.

      Let me know if you need anything else from me to make this happen. Thanks again.

      • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 4:39 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

        Your wish is granted πŸ™‚ (I’ve been removing the Slow Down! limit too for folks who do support. That always annoyed me when I tried to help πŸ˜‰

        • roblagatta 4:45 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

          That is fantastic! Thanks so much for the quick turnaround on this Mika. I definitely appreciate the removal of the Slow Down as well (in my blog post recently I noted that as a time sink for me too).

          Just got word that Shane, Peter & Reid (the principals of Modern Tribe) would like to receive this as well. Is that possible, to give them the “Modern Tribe” – without “Support” – label? Their dot-org names are shanepearlman, peterchester and reidpeifer.

          Let me know if that’s possible. Sorry I didn’t do this in my first request, and thanks again.

          • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 5:27 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

            The field is free-form text, so if you wanted to be Modern Tribe Monkey Manager, that would work too πŸ˜‰ (I mean come on, I’m Half-Elf Support Rogue…)

            Done πŸ˜€

    • Brandon Kraft 3:14 pm on November 16, 2012 Permalink

      Would you be so kind to add “Coffea Web Services” to mine? User kraftbj. Much appreciated!

    • Lee 7:31 am on November 16, 2012 Permalink

      Hi – great idea, but how about a more blanket change – defaulting the user’s description to “Plugin Author” automatically if they’re the author of the plugin that that forum relates to? Possible? Useful?

    • masonjames 12:39 am on November 16, 2012 Permalink

      We have a few on our staff who help out on occasion. Would you prefer them to leave a comment here or contact you via a different method?

      Also, hey Pippin!

    • Pippin 12:36 am on November 16, 2012 Permalink

      I’d love to use “Pippin’s Plugins” πŸ™‚

  • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 10:01 pm on November 15, 2012 Permalink  

    Meetup Recap – Nov 15 

    Apparently DST is hard for more than me!

    Thursdays, 2100 UTC, location #wordpress-sfd

    • 9pm London
    • 4pm US Eastern
    • 1pm US Pacific
    • 2:30am (Friday) Bangalore

    Items of note?

    https://make.wordpress.org/training is live!

    That’s kinda all we have this week. It’s a status quo, however since 3.5 is getting near, I’m going to draft my OMGWTFBBQ forum post here later this week or next week, so we can all write it πŸ˜€

  • Ipstenu (Mika Epstein) 6:15 am on November 14, 2012 Permalink  

    Cross posting this link, cause people asked.

    Wanna help with videos?


  • Andrea Rennick 10:48 pm on November 8, 2012 Permalink
    Tags: Chat,   

    Codex chat 

    During our regular meeting in IRC we discussed some changes to the codex, based on the roundtable discussion at the WordPress Community Summit.

    Before we started ripping things apart, I thought it would be good to look at some stats, if possible, and also to get community input. Because it’s one thing to come up with a good idea, but it’s another to make sure that’s what is needed based on numbers and user feedback.

    So this is basically our gut check. πŸ˜‰

    To that end, here are the top 40 visited Codex pages in the last month or so:


    And for perspective, the top page (function reference) got over 1.9 million hits, while the second page was hit only 280,000 times.

    To me this backs up our earlier conclusion of a divide between users and devs and where they go and what they look for. So the user handbook will likely be well received. Ipstenu made us a shortcode for the Codex so we can start marking pages that will considered for removal and send users to the user manual instead.

    The other thing we talked about, before we go too far, is to create a poll to get feedback on codex reorganization.

    Some suggested poll items:

    • I like the codex just as it is, it need some love!
    • separate user docs from dev docs
    • something else

    Your suggestions for poll options are welcome! Without it turning into an actual poll here… πŸ˜‰

    • Siobhan 5:18 pm on November 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Polls suggestions:

      Are you:

      1. WordPress user (I use WordPress to run my website/blog)
      2. WordPress builder (I build and customize websites but I don’t write PHP)
      3. Novice developer (learning to write my first plugins/themes)
      4. Intermediate developer (I write plugins and themes and they’re pretty good)
      5. Advanced developer (I dream in PHP)

      What documentation do you currently use (can we do this in order of preference?):

      1. Codex – guides
      2. Codex – references
      3. Tutorials and guides on blogs
      4. Books
      5. Breaking WordPress/plugins/themes and putting them back together
      6. Premium services like WP101
      7. API Documentation

      How useful do you find the WordPress Codex:


      What types of documentation/learning do you prefer?

      1. Tutorials
      2. User Guides
      3. Breaking stuff and putting it back together
      4. Screencasts
      5. Code references and API documentation
      6. In-person training

      What improvements to documentation would improve your experience of using or developing with WordPress:

      [open field]

      Have you ever contributed to the WordPress Codex:


      Would you like to contribute to the WordPress Codex:


      If you’ve never contributed to the Codex, can you please say why:

      • JerrySarcastic 6:36 pm on November 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        That looks pretty complete, Siobhan. Maybe instead of “Premium services like WP101” it should say “videos” or “video tutorials” instead? Not everyone knows of WP101 so may may not be inclined to select that option. Also it might not be bad to have an open-ended fill-in question like “8. Other?”

      • Siobhan 8:00 pm on November 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

        I guess I’d be more interested in whether people are using premium services, rather than videos. So maybe “premium services”?

    • esmi 1:24 pm on November 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      What’s the new shortcode? I missed the early part of the chat and can’t find a reference to this shortcode in the log, At least 1 of my older Codex pages (on the Gallery) needs pulling in preference to the User Manual and I’d like to mark it whilst I remember.

      On a related note, when can we start sending people to the new manual from the forums?

    • JerrySarcastic 12:07 am on November 9, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Interesting list. I took a quick pass at categorizing it (user vs. dev) and this is what I came up with:


      • /Installing_WordPress
      • /First_Steps_With_WordPress
      • /Pages
      • /New_To_WordPress_-_Where_to_Start
      • /Moving_WordPress
      • /Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory
      • /Changing_File_Permissions
      • /WordPress_Backups
      • /Using_Themes
      • /Create_A_Network
      • /Introduction_to_Blogging
      • /Creating_a_Static_Front_Page
      • /Updating_WordPress


      • /Function_Reference
      • /Template_Tags
      • /Version_3.4.2
      • /Class_Reference
      • /Editing_wp-config.php
      • /Plugin_API
      • /Theme_Development
      • /Using_Permalinks
      • /Child_Themes
      • /Changing_The_Site_URL
      • /The_Loop
      • /Blog_Design_and_Layout
      • /Conditional_Tags
      • /Using_Custom_Fields
      • /Formatting_Date_and_Time
      • /Template_Hierarchy
      • /Writing_a_Plugin
      • /Template_Tags
      • /Excerpt

      A Little of Both

      These pages have content that is a bit mixed, so there is stuff here for developers and absolute beginners.

      • /WordPress_Lessons
      • /Getting_Started_with_WordPress
      • /Roles_and_Capabilities
      • /Post_Types


      Pages that are possibly useful to either group, but not really something that belongs in one or the other exclusively. Β More like the reference section at the library?

      • /Glossary
      • /WordPress_in_Your_Language
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