Sustainability Chat Agenda, February 16, 2024

The next meeting is scheduled with the following details:

When

16-02-2024 12:00 UTC

Where

At #sustainabilty channel 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/.

Agenda

We will continue the projects we are currently working on as a priority:

  1. WordPress Sustainability 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 supported by the WP Sustainability Team. Follow up on this project here and the last meeting’s comments here. There were some questions proposed in the last agenda post to discuss about that didn’t have answer in the last meeting, so we could visit them again:
    • The WordPress Sustainability Plugin is an interesting initiative, but how do you plan to address the objections made to existing tools for estimating CO2eq emissions, especially as there is as yet no consensus? Wouldn’t it be more responsible not to use figures that, while satisfactory, are necessarily misleading and potentially detrimental to the original goal? See: https://www.debugbear.com/blog/website-carbon-emissions
  2. WordCamp Handbook with sustainability ideas/guidelines. Learn how to contribute to this here and follow up on this project here.
  3. Welcome Box. We already have the content of the welcome box, we just need to choose the design the works better (2 or 3 columns). You can follow the evolution on the issue 6 and the text in this Google Doc.

There are other issues that may require our attention right now:

  1. Sustainability Team self-approval system. The proposal for the guidelines were published last week. So far it has been a support to move it forward. If you have something to add/suggest this would be the moment.
  2. Attract new contributors and engage the existing ones. You can follow up the topic and leave your thoughts here.
    In the last week chat there was some consensus to focus our effort, for now, on details like the welcome box, the documentation, the handbook for events, the informative plugin, encouraging people to own a proposal or project and elaborate them. But new ideas are welcome.
    Also related with this, there was a suggestion that we add the weekly meeting date and the GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ link on https://make.wordpress.org/ (as some other teams have).
  3. Sustainability Team Badges. Which ones we should have and how they would be obtained. There are already some suggestions, you can join the discussion here.
  4. Open Website Alliance. Reflect on the formation of the Open Website Alliance which was the result of the collaboration between the Drupal AssociationOpen Source Matters (Joomla), the TYPO3 Association, and the WordPress Project around an open letter to the European Union. More info here.

If you have any updates on issues or projects that we have previously discussed, you are free to bring them up during the meeting.

Ideas or suggestions

Anything else? Please leave a comment if you want some topic to be discussed at the meeting that is not listed above.