September 7th Support Team Meeting Summary

Checking with international liaisons

Things are trotting along nicely in the Swedish, Spanish, Italian and German communities, the Spanish team also hit a milestone of not having a single topic without an answer!

If you’re part of the support community but not using the WordPress forums, feel free to join as well, we know that it’s not for everyone to be on WordPress.org, that shouldn’t limit you from joining and sharing experiences.

Clarification on User Notes usage

User notes come with an edit feature, this is intended for fixing typos, or fixing incorrect information in a user note, it does not change who created the note for this reason. If you have information on a user, you should add your own new note, to maintain the history in the right chronological order.

Non-org themes or plugins

We sometimes get support requests for themes (or plugins) that are open and free for everyone, but not on WordPress.org, there’s nothing wrong with this, they may not have a proper support outlet for example.

As an example here, we’ll use themes you can get from Jetpack after their recently introduced theme feature, these are free themes not (yet) available on WordPress.org that users may need help with, in such cases adding the wpcom-theme tag will bring it to the attention of the Automattic theme team. So far they’re the only ones that watch tags on the forums like this that we’re aware of, but we would happily encourage other theme shops with free themes or plugins to do the same. Please note that these alerts aren’t global across all forums though, so from our example they only work on the international forums.

I put emphasis on free, as our guidelines are still in effect with regards to supporting premiums content on our forums.

Attendance

@anevins, @bcworkz, @bethannon1, @clorith, @cristianozanca, @danhgilmore, @fernandot, @geoffreyshilling, @glorialchemica, @ipstenu, @jcastaneda, @jdembowski, @lasacco, @luisrull, @macmanx, @mjjojo, @numeeja, @stephencottontail, @sterndata, @t-p, @thomas-vitale, @tobifjellner, @zodiac1978 and @zoonini attended.

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

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June 22nd Support Team Meeting Summary

Announcements

  • @clorith was chosen as the new support representative by the team members present at the Community Summit last week
  • We’re ending the robotic like messages to people who join our slack channel (it can be viewed as spammy), and are taking steps to make it more inviting to be a part of the support community, @bethannon1 will be heading up this endeavor
  • The Forum Welcome is being re-branded as the forum rules, and a more streamlined welcome page will being created
  • We are making a point of the primary forums being the international forums, not the English ones
  • The Also Viewing script, used to avoid overlap on answering topics, is now also works on rosetta sites
  • A call for tools used to maintain support flow (like the popular, but un-maintained, browser extension Lazarus) was put forth, so if you use any tools to help with your flow, please share it with the team!

It is also of note that we are welcoming participation during our weekly chats (or whenever really) in contributors own language, we understand that English may not be a language everyone is comfortable speaking and wish that those users also feel included and welcome. This meeting was the first one where we tried this approach, and it worked really well, we hope to see more international participation going forward!

WordPress 4.8

  • The various behaviors of the new rich text widget is creating some interesting cases for users (Ticket #40951)
  • Links can’t have their colours changed via the editor (Ticket #41033)
  • TinyMCE shows a warning, `Failed to load content CSS`, which isn’t always clear to users (explanations to this are available in our Master List)

Gutenberg

Gutenberg is the name of the new editor experience in WordPress, take note that it is a completely rewritten editor page (meta boxes and such as well), and not just the TinyMCE editor as many (my self included) first thought.

Because it is such a large change, we expect many plugins that interact with the editor or the plugin screen it self, to have strange behavior, so please do test and provide feedback and bugreports when applicable. The Gutenberg team have asked that any reports be sent inn via GitHub where the project is being developed.

Community Summit Summary

A brief summary from the community summit is available, as some actionable items were already being brought into play as early as possible to help keep the ball in motion. A more detailed post will be written once all the notes are collected from the various talks that were had during the summit.

Checkin with non-English support liaisons

The Italian, Russian, Swedish and Portuguese support communities are doing well. The Portuguese community is also making a move to try and bring their support over to the forums and away from social media. They’ll be sharing their post about it once it is ready.

Attendance

@alchymyth, @bcworkz, @bdbrown, @bethannon1, @clorith, @contentiskey, @cristianozanca, @numeeja, @denzel_chia, @erricgunawan, @francescodicandia, @francescout, @glorialchemica, @ipstenu, @jdembowski, @jmdodd, @karpstrucking, @lasacco, @liamdempsey, @macmanx, @kidsguide, @pmfonseca, @sergeybiryukov, @stephencottontail, @sterndata, @t-p, @tnash, @tobifjellner, @vitormadeira, @wido, @zodiac1978 and @zoonini attended.

 

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

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March 16th Support Team Meeting Summary

Announcements

  • Please make sure that you’re using the latest Also Viewing script, released about a month ago.
  • We don’t know how much longer the Codex will be around, so please link to the new Forum Welcome in our Handbook for all appropriate instances, rather than the old one on the Codex.

WordPress 4.7.3

We have nothing new to add to the known issues for 4.7 this week.

Meeting Time

We held a courtesy “Is this still what we want?” vote regarding the decision to change the meeting time from last week. Holding the meeting at 16:00 UTC continued to receive majority support, so the meeting time will continue as-is, meaning that the next meeting will be Thursday, March 23, 2017, 16:00 UTC.

Another large portion of contributors will experience their Daylight Saving Time shift on March 26, so we’ll hold one more courtesy vote during the March 30 meeting.

Checkin with International Support Liaisons

Attendance

@macmanx @abletec @samuelsidler @bcworkz @jmdodd @voldemortensen @zodiac1978 @kidsguide @kmessinger @geoffreyshilling @geost @bdbrown @t-p @cristianozanca @numeeja @zoonini @keesiemeijer @liamdempsey @ipstenu @lasacco @lukecavanagh @jdembowski @alchymyth @sterndata @pmfonseca @hardeepasrani @hideokamoto @jcastaneda attended

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

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March 2nd Support Team Meeting Summary

Announcement

  • Please make sure that you’re using the latest Also Viewing script, released about a month ago (and most recently updated yesterday).

WordPress 4.7.2

We have nothing new to add to the known issues for 4.7 this week.

2017 Community Summit

The Support Team’s invitations to the 2017 Community Summit, and topics which we would like to participate in (based on those that passed with a majority vote), have been officially proposed.

Handling Non-automated Spam from Flagged Users

If you encounter automated spam from bots (or really terrible users) that you intend to Block, please do mark it as Spam, that will never change.

However, if you encounter spam from a user that is most likely human who you intend to Flag (or who has already been Flagged), please simply Archive it. Spam is emptied regularly, which means we lose it as a historical record quite often, but the Archive is forever and handy to refer to for questions like “I wonder how bad that spam from this possibly reformed user was?”

Linking to the Forum Welcome/Guidelines/Rules

We don’t know how much longer the Codex will be around, so please link to the new Forum Welcome in our Handbook for all appropriate instances, rather than the old one on the Codex.

Checkin with International Support Liaisons

Attendance

@macmanx @samuelsidler @fierevere @sergeybiryukov @bcworkz @clorith @zodiac1978 @kidsguide @kmessinger @t-p @bdbrown @cristianozanca @hardeepasrani @voldemortensen @wido @abletec @zoonini @sterndata @otto42 @jdembowski @stephencottontail @bethannon1 @imazed @tnash @ipstenu @johnjamesjacoby attended

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

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February 23rd Support Team Meeting Summary

Announcements

  • The Theme Review Team is looking for FAQ suggestions.
  • Please make sure that you’re using the latest Also Viewing script, released about a month ago (and updated a few days ago to make the banner sticky).

WordPress 4.7.2

We have nothing new to add to the known issues for 4.7 this week.

2017 Community Summit

The next Community Summit has been announced, and we have been collecting support-related topics and issues for discussion in the comments of this post. We will continue to collect proposals for one more week, so please leave a proposal soon if you have one.

Additionally, if you did not attend the meeting today, but would be able to be in Paris on June 13 and 14 as a part of the Support Team, please DM @macmanx in Slack. (There will likely be a chance for scholarships and sponsorships, but please assume for now that you will need to pay for your own travel and lodging expenses. If you would like to attend, but finances are a problem, please feel free to let me know know and we’ll see what we can do.)

And last, but certainly not least, a big thanks to @clorith and @bethannon1 for offering to help with organizing the event!

Checkin with International Support Liaisons

Attendance

@macmanx @bcworkz @ipstenu @bdbrown @cristianozanca @kmessinger @numeeja @hardeepasrani @lasacco @kidsguide @jdembowski @sterndata @wido @keesiemeijer @lukecavanagh @zoonini @bethannon1 @t-p @stephencottontail @sergeybiryukov @logankipp @pmfonseca @clorith @fierevere attended

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

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February 16th Support Team Meeting Summary

Announcements

WordPress 4.7.2

We have nothing new to add to the known issues for 4.7 this week.

Checkin with International Support Liaisons

Attendance

@macmanx @t-p @numeeja @jcastaneda @kmessinger @hardeepasrani @lukecavanagh @jdembowski @sterndata @bdbrown @ipstenu @cristianozanca @kidsguide @prathameshp @lasacco @zoonini @stephencottontail @zodiac1978 @imazed @samuelsidler @geoffreyshilling @sergeybiryukov @pmfonseca attended

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

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February 9th Support Team Meeting Summary

Announcements

  • The Theme Review Team is looking for FAQ suggestions.
  • If you have any topics or issues you’d like us to cover at this year’s Community Summit, please feel free to share those.
  • An exploit against WordPress 4.7.0 and 4.7.1 has been spotted in the wild. Please do your part to ensure that users are on 4.7.2, and that they know the importance of leaving auto-updates enabled, since this would have been pushed out two weeks ago via the auto-update system.

WordPress 4.7.2

We have nothing new to add to the known issues for 4.7 this week.

Support Team Short Description

A redesign is on the way for the overall Make site, requiring a shorter description. After a great discussion and a vote, we have settled on the following:

Help WordPress users around the world by answering support questions.

Letting Users Know When They’re Flagged

We have noticed that some folks are being flagged without any warning given. This leads to lots of duplicate attempts and overall confusion, as folks don’t know why their posts aren’t appearing. This also leads to a lot of your fellow moderators not knowing why someone was flagged and therefore removing their flag.

If someone is bad enough to flag, please leave a reply in the topic to let them know why.

If someone is spamming and you therefore don’t want them to know that they’re flagged, please just block them (or ask a Keymaster to do so).

If you feel someone is maybe bad enough to flag, but you don’t think they’ve broken any rules yet warranting a notification, please don’t flag them. In this case, I recommend bookmarking their profile and checking on them yourself once a day or so. They’ll either remain innocent long enough to take them off this sort of “personal probation” or they’ll prove themselves worthy of a flag with a notification.

If you don’t know why a flagged user is flagged, based on their previous interactions in the forums, please unflag them.

Checkin with International Support Liaisons

Attendance

@macmanx @hardeepasrani @sergeybiryukov @kmessinger @t-p @cristianozanca @lasacco @logankipp @jdembowski @sterndata @bdbrown @zoonini @clorith @liamdempsey @jmdodd @tacoverdo @lukecavanagh @numeeja @gagan0123 @dhoppe @ipstenu @tnash @otto42 @stephencottontail @hideokamoto @bethannon1 @keesiemeijer @zodiac1978 @jcastaneda @pmfonseca attended

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

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February 2nd Support Team Meeting Summary

Announcements

WordPress 4.7.2

We have nothing new to add to the known issues for 4.7 this week.

2017 Community Summit

The next Community Summit has been announced, and we are collecting support-related topics and issues for discussion in the comments of this post.

Checkin with International Support Liaisons

Attendance

@macmanx @clorith @bcworkz @sergeybiryukov @cristianozanca @kidsguide @lasacco @jmdodd @kmessinger @numeeja @t-p @zoonini @geoffreyshilling @stephencottontail @liamdempsey @wido @hideokamoto @bdbrown @ipstenu @bethannon1 @sterndata @voldemortensen @jdembowski @lukecavanagh @kenshino @prathameshp @zodiac1978 attended

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

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January 26th Support Team Meeting Summary

Announcements

WordPress 4.7.2

We have nothing new to add to the known issues for 4.7 this week.

New Forum Welcome (and link placement)

Thanks to @ipstenu, the Forum Welcome has officially moved to the Handbook, and after a great discussion on how to do it, a link to it has been added to the new forum theme.

Better “No Topics” Wording

When no topics are found, the forum currently reports “Oh bother! No topics were found here!” so we had a great discussion about how to improve that wording. Though we didn’t vote for anything specific, we rallied around something like “No topics found. Try a different search or start a new post.”

It gets the message across simply without any cultural limerick like “Oh bother!” (and is thus easier to translate), and offers two simple suggestions for what to do next.

2017 Community Summit

The next Community Summit has been announced, and we are collecting support-related topics and issues for discussion in the comments of this post.

Checkin with International Support Liaisons

Attendance

@macmanx @clorith @bcworkz @sergeybiryukov @bethannon1 @lasacco @sterndata @liamdempsey @wido @t-p @bdbrown @cristianozanca @fierevere @kmessinger @numeeja @jdembowski @stephencottontail @abletec @zoonini @keesiemeijer @kidsguide @lukecavanagh @hideokamoto @kenshino @pmfonseca @otto42 @samuelsidler @zodiac1978 @jcastaneda @danhgilmore attended

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

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January 19th Support Team Meeting Summary

Announcements

WordPress 4.7.1

We have nothing new to add to the known issues for 4.7 this week.

New Forum Theme

There is a new section at the bottom of the forum list directing folks to Theme and Plugin-specific forums for their Theme and Plugin-specific questions:

  1. Let’s try to keep an eye on whether or not adding this text decreases the number of theme and plugin-specific posts in the general forums, and check-in on all that in a few weeks. If it hasn’t substantially reduced the number, we can look at either making the new text more prominent or something completely different.
  2. For folks who are still posting theme and plugin-specific questions in the general forums, it would be great if we could point them to the right place for future questions. This type of snippet seems to have been doing well so far:

I recommend asking at [forum-link] so the plugin’s or theme’s developers and support community can help you with this.

For example:

I recommend asking at https://wordpress.org/support/plugin/woocommerce so the plugin’s developers and support community can help you with this.

Check back later, and if they have done that, just close the old thread with a link to the new thread.

If you find anything broken with the new forum theme, please open a ticket in Meta Trac (after searching first, of course) under the Support Forums component, and prepend the ticket’s title with “Support Theme:”. You can also use this pre-made query for viewing reported issues.

The Meta Team is working on making the new Support theme ready for international forums.

You can test the theme using the ?new-theme=1 parameter, for example: https://ja.wordpress.org/support/?new-theme=1

It should work on any /support/ forum, so not the Italian forums at the moment as they still need to be moved.

The translation strings for the new theme are available for anyone who would like to help, and if you see any issues with the theme on international forums, please leave a comment on this Meta Trac ticket.

Sockpuppets

There has been a slight increase in sockpuppet activity, so this is largely a reminder that sockpuppet activity is not tolerated in our forums, and anyone doubting that can read Sock Puppetry is not Welcome and Handling Bad Reviews from the Plugins Team.

If you find any sockpuppet accounts, please flag them and archive their content when verified, then immediately report their activity with as much detail as possible (including links to the archived content) to plugins (at) wordpress (dot) org

There is no need to directly confront the sockpuppet since the Plugins Team will take care of that if necessary.

Checkin with International Support Liaisons

Attendance

@macmanx @bcworkz @hardeepasrani @clorith @ipstenu @pmfonseca @bdbrown @kidsguide @geoffreyshilling @numeeja @sterndata @zoonini @cristianozanca @numeeja @t-p @sergeybiryukov @imazed @pbarthmaier @lukecavanagh @bethannon1 @diddledan @wido @jdembowski @stephencottontail @kenshino @hideokamoto @fierevere @keesiemeijer @jnylen0 attended

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

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