Meeting notes, Tuesday 10 March 2020

Today we held a meeting with the proposed agenda. The recap of the meeting is below and you can read the meeting transcript in the slack archives (a Slack account is required).

Weekly Updates

  • In the past seven days
    • 246 tickets were opened
    • 251 tickets were closed:
    • 237 tickets were made live.
      • 10 new Themes were made live.
      • 227 Theme updates were made live.
    • 7 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 14 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

We thank to all the reviewers, keep doing a great job 🎉

Other updates

We have received two submissions for the experimental themes call, but so far these don’t fall under experimental themes. If you have an interesting theme please comment on that post.

Also, feel free to experiment with the theme experiments and the full site editing feature. Your feedback is really valued.

The welcome box was changed to be more in line with other welcome boxes on the make sites. It now contains more crucial information for first-time contributors. Our team reps Carolina and Ana helped with that.

Announcing the new team representative

A new/old team representative was announced today. It’s @acosmin. He has helped us with maintaining the tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub. queue and tracking down people who are trying to play the system by having multiple accounts.
He knows his way around The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization., and will keep helping us keep the queue in check (and hopefully help make it shorter as well 😄).

Welcome aboard!

Opening up a place for theme author collaborations

Recent outbreak of COVID-19 caused some job problems, especially in Italy. A proposal was that there could exist a place where theme authors could collaborate on certain WordPress related work.

WordPress already has a jobs site so this could be possibly used to add a section where .org developers could offer their services as well as seek for possible jobs.

@franchidesign will create a proposal of what this would look like, why and how it could be implemented. Then the team reps will try to talk with people in charge of the jobs site, to see what we can do about this.

The remedial program

There is an initiative described in detail on the slack channel by @Carike, to introduce a remedial program for theme authors who have issues with understanding the requirements.
The idea is that the reps could enroll theme authors in a module that would help them understand certain requirements, like GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. compatibility, if they see issues in their themes during the review.

For this to be implemented we’d need help from the metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. team in setting the site up for these modules, and we’d need to have a way to enroll authors from the admin interface.

The first thing that needs to be done is opening a meta ticket so that we know what can be done.

Open floor

@kjellr called on people to test GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. PRs and the TwentyTwenty theme experiment aimed at Global Styles:

They are a great way to see how Global Styles might work in the future.

We encourage people to test these things out. Giving feedback for these issues is very valuable to the developers, and is an important way of contributing.

And finally, a reminder that tomorrow at 17:00 UTC, there will be a triage meeting. We’ll go through the input needed issues for the WPThemeReview coding standards.

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