January 14th Support Team Meetup Summary

WordPress 4.4.1

From our master list, WooCommerce has been update to fix its bug and therefore moved to the bottom of the list, but the other 3 are still valid. Nothing new has been added.

Global Contributor Drive (January 30/31)

The January 30/31 20 Questions Global Contributor Drive preparations are underway, and details are about to be sent out to the local meetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. 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 meetup.com will help you find options in your area. leaders.

Thanks to commitments from @kenshino @bethannon1 @clorith @zoonini @kidsguide and myself (hey, we’re making a list here), we are 100% covered from 2AM UTC on January 30 through 1AM UTC February 1.

For everyone else, please feel free to stop by when you can. We’ll be fielding new contributor questions in #forums on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and following replies left under the tag “20q2016” just to keep an eye on things and share feedback if necessary.

Folks who join us for the drive will get a shiny new custom member title in the format “[Meetup Location] Support GCD 2016,” for example “Pasadena Support GCD 2016” for the Pasadena, California meetup.


Currently, support only has one filled-in badge as seen in my profile, whereas many other coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. teams also have not-filled-in badges in addition to the filled-in badge, as seen in Otto’s profile.

We have decided to pursue returning the not-filled-in badge to service. Actual requirements are to be discussed next week, but currently the team is leaning towards the not-filled-in badge as recognition for outstanding commitment to support and the filled-in badge for the addition of commitment to the Slack channel and weekly meetings.

This will have the benefit of expanding the badge’s reach to recognizing even more outstanding support volunteers, while also making it easier to identify those taking part in a more active leadership role.

International Liaisons

@kenshino is making some great progress at establishing communication with our companion support teams in other languages. We have already spoken to the Japanese and German communities, and they’re onboard. We also have a post introducing the idea at Make/Polyglots, and the response has been incredible!

We don’t have a full plan yet with exactly how we want to involve the Liaisons, we’re simply establishing contacts right now, but in general the goal is to connect so that we can all be considered one large Support Team.

Forums 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 Audit

Some day, we’ll been on glorious bbPressbbPress Free, open source software built on top of WordPress for easily creating forums on sites. https://bbpress.org. 2. Until then, we still have some features of our bbPress 1 + Hacks that we know and love which need to be ported into plugins.

If you’re able to help, or you know someone who is, please pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” @clorith .

Read the meetup transcript in the Slack archives. (A Slack account is required)