Test Chat Summary: 29 August 2023

On 29 August 2023 at 16:00 UTC<test-chat> started in #core-test.

Announcements 📣

  • WordPress 6.3.1 Maintenance Release: This update fixes a handful of CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and blockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. editor items, details of which can be found in the previous RC1 announcement.
  • 6.4 Release Parties Schedule and Hosts: The release squad is looking for volunteers to fill various roles required for each milestone’s <release-party>. Raise your hand, or be kind and share this post with folks you think can help out. Thanks!
  • The Future of WordPress & What’s Next for Gutenberg: Watch these presentations from WCUS 2023 to see what’s in store for 6.4 and beyond.

Focal Group Updates 🗣️


There is an open PR to add a Test Team Rep page to the handbook. Reviews are welcome, which can be comments/reviews on the PR, or a 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.” in #core-test if something needs more discussion.

Open Floor 💬

FSE Outreach Program Update

[This discussion started here.]

It has been proposed that the #fse-outreach-experiment begin the process of spinning down its user testing aspect (i.e. the program’s calls for testing) by the time WordPress 6.4 ships. In place of testing efforts, focus would shift to emphasize wider adoption of the Site Editor through hallway hangouts, dev documentation efforts, and other adoption-focused initiatives on the path toward wrapping up Phase 2 of the WordPress Project Roadmap.

Because the FSE Outreach Program has considerable overlap with Test Team efforts, program leadership has requested input from Test Team contributors with questions or concerns around the proposed shift. This follows other shared feedback from current program participants.

It was stressed that changes in the outreach program be handled carefully and slowly, and to capture opportunities for feedback. The next step is to compile initial feedback and thoughts around this change to share in a Make/Test post for wider input.

Calls for Testing

Current contributors in the #fse-outreach-experiment have expressed a desire to continue testing in a format adapted from or similar to the outreach program. Structured ad hoc calls for testing from within the Test Team are similar, and would provide an opportunity for continued contribution through testing. [Ed. note: the Test Team should also consider adopting things that worked for FSE CfTs to improve the experience for all testers.]

A possible source for CfT topics could be pulled from roadmap posts (for example), or otherwise collected in an ideas backlog (for example). Some pertinent links for CfTs can be found at:

Work is ongoing for documenting processes in the Test Team. The Handbook project can be found at https://github.com/wordpress/test-handbook.

Test Team RepTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts. Nominations

[This discussion started here.]

The Call for Nominations for the next Test Team Reps is underway. Test Team members’ help is needed to nominate or volunteer for this role, to help represent the team to the wider project.

If you have a nominee in mind, or questions about the role, please comment on the post, ask in #core-test, or reach out directly to @ironprogrammer in 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/..

@ironprogrammer stepped forward with an offer to help mentor volunteers for this role. It was also noted that serving as a rep offers an excellent opportunity to gain a broader perspective of how Test Team interacts with other teams, and that while it isn’t a “lead” role, there are some leadership-focused skills that reps develop in the process.

Please submit nominations by Thursday, August 31 Friday, September 22, end of day (UTC).

Next Meeting 🗓

The next scheduled meeting is on 5 September 2023 at 16:00 UTC for <test-triage> in #core-test.

Are you interested in helping write Test chat summaries like this one? Volunteer at the start of the next <test-chat> and earn some props!

Props @annezazu for peer review of this post.

#fse-outreach-experiment, #meeting-notes