February 25th Support Team Meeting Summary

WordPress 4.4.2

No new common issues to add to the 4.4.x Master List.

WordPress 4.5

The first betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. release of WordPress 4.5 is now available for testing.

Please test as much as you can on as many server configurations as you can. More bugs found and fixed before the final release means less support threads later.

Dirty, Broken, Rule-violating, Sock Puppet-wielding Plugins

If you notice a flurry of reports about a particular 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 tanking sites or breaking directory rules (that includes sock puppetry), please contact plugins (at) wordpress (dot) org immediately. Don’t bother engaging in threads, just let them handle it please.

The “Me Too” Epidemic

Due to the often different nature of underlying problems, we kindly ask most folks to open their own threads rather than jumping into another person’s thread, but please use your best judgement in this regard.

If you are absolutely sure that an identical issue is being discussed, especially if it’s right after a WordPress/plugin/theme release, a thread full of “me too” is probably more beneficial than 50 separate threads. If a solution added to a “me too” thread does not work for the minority of replies, it’s perfectly fine to ask that minority to open a separate thread.

In this case, it’s very much about organization. Please use your best judgement to keep the forums organized.

IRC Status Update

The reporting tool is done, and promotions are ready to go, we’re just awaiting availability to deployDeploy Launching code from a local development environment to the production web server, so that it's available to visitors. them.

Changes to Featured/Popular Plugins/Themes

Changes are being made by the way to the Featured and Popular Plugins/Themes listings work. If anyone complains about their plugin/theme not longer being there, please kindly remind them that “release and iterate” is a defining principle of everything we do in WordPress, and that they shouldn’t be basing their business on an algorithmically powered listing that’s designed for the good of users.

Badges Update

We’ll be passing badge assignments up the chain next week. Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about this.

HelpHub Update

HelpHub has reached the content phase, and there’s a painful list of topics to migrate and/or rewrite from the Codex. Please help with what you can, and refer to this guide for more info.

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