The Test Team helps manage testing and triage across the WordPress ecosystem. They focus on user testing of the editing experience and WordPress dashboard, replicating and documenting bug reports, and supporting a culture of review and triage across the project.
For a quick refresher of Team RepTeam RepA 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. roles across the project, please see the official Team Reps post on Team Updates.
Reps in the Test Team perform primary and secondary (or backup) duties to help support team chats, make updates to the team’s blog and handbook, remove blockers, keep a pulse on team objectives, and promote testing opportunities within the WordPress project.
As a reminder, **Reps are not called “team leads” for a reason**. While people elected as Team Reps generally come from the pool of folks that people think of as experienced leaders, the Team Rep role is designed to change hands regularly.
A Rep is an active team member who is reliable and trusted, advocates for and is knowledgeable of one or more areas of testing, and wants to represent, nurture, and grow the team to better serve the WordPress open sourceOpen SourceOpen Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project.
Test Team Reps must be committed to showing up and performing regular duties, and should expect a time commitment of at least 2-4 hours per week. Reps serve for a term of one year, and should swap their primary and secondary responsibilities after six months.
The first step is to reach out to the community with a Call for Nominations, such as these examples from 2021 and 2022. Nominations are held each August, with the new term starting by September.
Nominations should be given in the comments of the post. A simple, “I nominate @the_persons_username” is sufficient. Self-nominations are also welcome by leaving a comment such as, “I nominate myself.”
Private nominations can be submitted anonymously by contacting the current Test Team Reps via DM in SlackSlackSlack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..
The nomination period typically lasts two weeks, during which time contributors who have been nominated are asked to clearly accept or decline the nomination as a reply to the nominating comment. For instance, “I accept this nomination,” or “I decline this nomination.”
After the deadline, each nominee will be contacted by a current Test Team Reps to discuss qualifications and to confirm their acceptance of the nomination.
Nominees should not feel obligated to accept their nomination. It’s okay to decline for any reason. An example response might be, “Thank you, but not this year!”
An election to vote for the final Test Team Reps will happen only if there are more than two accepted nominations within the nomination period; otherwise the nominees will become the new Test Team Reps.
If held, the election should be conducted by an anonymous poll (example). The poll should remain open for two weeks.