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  • Chip Bennett 1:47 pm on January 28, 2014 Permalink
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    Time for a New Team Rep 

    The time has come again for WordPress community contributor groups to select new Team Reps. The Theme Review Team is looking for someone not a member of the admin group to take on this role.

    What is a Team Rep? What would you be getting yourself into? Essentially, the Team Rep is a PR/communication role. The primary duties of the Team Rep are to post regular team updates on the Make/Updates site (the Theme Review Team posts updates each Monday, and we auto-generate the stats we report), and to act as a liaison between the Theme Review Team and the other community contributor groups. There are infrequent meetings (IRC or Google Hangouts), since sometimes communication is easier outside of the written-only medium of a P2 blog.

    Here’s how Jen describes the role:

    • The job description is to post updates and to be a liaison between your team and the rest of the contributor groups via this site. There are a lot of weekly updates, but not so much liaising. When I’ve posted things for comment, it has appeared that people are responding based on their own opinion rather than getting their team’s group opinion and relating it back.

    So that’s really it: the Team Rep facilitates communication with other community contributor groups. It really is a great way to contribute without taking on the added stress, responsibility, and commitment of a team leadership role.

    Ideally, we would have two: a primary and an alternate; but since @emiluzelac and I have covered both roles since the inception of the Team Reps idea, I’m sure we could continue to cover the alternate rep role should we not find two people interested in stepping up.

    Interested? Post comments or  questions below, and discuss!

    Edit: if you’re thinking about volunteering, please include your Trac Username in your comment. I know most of the reviewers primarily by Trac Username, which isn’t always the same as your display name here. :)


    • bravokeyl 2:02 pm on January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Happy to take on responsibility for WPTRT .

    • tskk 3:09 pm on January 28, 2014 Permalink

      I can be the second rep if needed, not clear if you need 2 reps or one.

      • Jose 3:34 pm on January 28, 2014 Permalink

        Two reps. One primary and a second for a backup. :)

        • tskk 5:19 pm on January 28, 2014 Permalink

          I nominate you as primary rep :)

          • esmi 8:07 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink


            (I swear I responded to this yesterday. P2 is really acting up for me atm.)

            • Jose 10:54 am on January 31, 2014 Permalink

              Seriously? I’m actually pretty flattered reading that. I’d be happy to take on that role if it came to that. Personally see myself in third place. 😀

              I think P2 is acting up a little more than usual. 😉

    • Swagata Das 3:20 pm on January 28, 2014 Permalink

      Would be delighted, though more wise and nice people out there than me.

    • harshdattani 3:43 pm on January 28, 2014 Permalink

      ready to take this responsibility :)

    • Jen Mylo 8:01 pm on January 28, 2014 Permalink

      To be clear, that bit Chip quoted from me was where I was pointing out that our team reps have been good at posting the updates but not so good at connecting with other teams. The “not so much” wasn’t a job description, but a performance review. :)

      More accurately, the rep job is to post the weekly update, and to follow the other team updates, so that if there’s anything that might impact or be of interest to the theme review team, the rep can relay it and/or bring back team feedback.

    • Rohit Tripathi 12:17 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink

      Well that’s Great. Looking forward to the New reps. :)

    • missybunnie 9:26 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink

      I’m probably not the most experienced or wisest but I’m willing to lend a hand. ~missybunnie

    • CyberChimps 10:42 pm on January 29, 2014 Permalink

      I would be more then happy to take on this role.

      What’s the precise criteria?

      -Trent Lapinski

      • Chip Bennett 5:09 pm on January 30, 2014 Permalink

        Generally speaking:

        • Good written communication skills
        • Willing and able to post regular updates to Make/Updates
        • Bring Make/Updates discussion questions back to the Theme Review Team, and report back to Make/Updates on the team discussion
        • Willing and able to attend semi-(somewhat-/not-really-at-all-)regular Team Rep meetings (IRC/Google Hangouts)

        That’s pretty much it. Just be a good, reliable communicator.

        • Jose 10:54 am on January 31, 2014 Permalink

          Google hangouts? Since when has this been around?

    • Emil Uzelac 5:21 am on February 3, 2014 Permalink

      @Jose, you received 2 nominations and I will join and share the love with @tskk and @esmi. If there are no objections let’s nominate @Jose as the prime rep?

      For the second rep we have:

      Please cast your votes and we can move from there.


    • bravokeyl 1:40 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink

      @Jose — Primary rep
      @tskk — secondary rep

    • Emil Uzelac 1:42 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink

      3 votes for @tskk and +1 from me. @chipbennett how does this sound?

    • Sandy 1:44 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink

      @Jose — Primary rep
      @tskk — secondary rep

      lets see what’s next

    • alex27 2:24 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink

      My vote goes to @tskk

    • tskk 2:26 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink

      Thanks everyone :)

    • Jose 2:42 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink

      Seriously huge thanks!! 😀

    • Zulfikar Nore 2:49 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink

      I vote as follow:
      @Jose — Primary rep
      @tskk — secondary rep

      Good luck to both of you :)

    • Christine 4:24 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink

      Great choice for first and second. I also vote:

      @Jose — Primary rep
      @tskk — secondary rep

    • Emil Uzelac 7:11 pm on February 3, 2014 Permalink

      @tskk don’t forget to upload your Gravatar :)

  • Jen 2:48 am on December 18, 2012 Permalink |
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    Team rep votes are in! 27 people voted, with this breakdown of involvement levels:

    • 14 – I am an active member of the wordpress.org theme review team, and am currently participating in theme reviews.
    • 8 – I am a member of the group, but have not been reviewing themes lately.
    • 4 – I have contributed themes to wordpress.org’s directory, but have not participated in reviewing themes myself so far.
    • 1 – I am not personally involved with the theme review team, at least not yet.

    Chip and Emil by a landslide, whether counting only active members or every vote. Chip take the lead first half, then Emil step up. Weekly updates over on make/updates. You know the drill. :)

    • Emil Uzelac 2:50 am on December 18, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Sounds good :)

    • Chip Bennett 4:09 am on December 18, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Hmm… 32 people voted last time, and only 27 this time. Our participation numbers are going the wrong way!

    • mercime 4:16 pm on December 18, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Congratulations Chip and Emil!
      Cheers :-)

    • DavidH 1:38 pm on December 20, 2012 Permalink | Log in to Reply

      Dear Jane,

      Does there now exist since 3.5 a Standard Class that all Frameworks Developers can incorporate to duplicate the logged in Environment found in WP admin for Users other than Administrators?

      Since I started using WP in 2003 thousands of plugins have been written for the Super Admin to make all settings and controls and savings of Options. Many of these plugins make changes or enhancements to every post in a blog.

      But, increasingly WP is being used for Membership based blogging. One site, one “blog”, one installaltion of WP that is NOT Multi-user. But the model that simply allows Members to register and then they contribute posts to the public blog using Subscriber or Author roles. When they log in they are shown just their own blogs to Edit, Delete, or Modify.

      This model is used widely, as you know, for Real Estate sites, specialized media, Classified Ads, Products, etc.

      So Plugin Developers have created Plugins that are meant to be modified with different options by such Member roles as Authors. After the site Admin installs the plugin and saves settings then the Members themselves will find the Plugin Name and setting and options for their use as well.

      A plugin for a Booking Calendar in a Real Estate Membership site creates a Menu of possible options and settings for each Post Author. Once the Settings are saved by Post Authors they will find their own Calendars available for selection in each Post edit view, perhaps to embed from the short-code generator that this plugin installed in the Text Area toolbar.

      But, I find Framework developers are simply creating Custom Forms and Custom Edit Templates for Members that strip out any Plugins once the Member’s only Edit access is from a Framework Developer’s custom designed templates. The plugins seen in WP Default Admin screens for Members are not imported “natively” into any Frameworks that I have seen for special Content types and categories in Commercially sold themes/frameworks.

      There are lots of articles about STRIPPING and HIDING things from Members in themes and frameworks.

      Are there API methods for passing along to Frameworks Admin Panels ALL of the capabilities that are natively provided at the core installation of WP?

      I have looked and looked and passed along this question repeatedly in expert forums. NO ONE has an answer.

      Plugins for changing the Capabilities of assigned Roles do NOT fix this. The very way that Frameworks developers are stripping out the core capabilities of WordPress prevents plugins from taking effect when Authors or Subscribers are logged in.

      Can this group address this need? Thanks so much!

  • Jen 7:43 pm on December 6, 2012 Permalink |
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    Team Rep Voting 

    Hello, Theme Review Team! It’s that time again…

    Earlier this year, we took a stab at creating a structure for contributor group communication, based on identifying working groups and letting each group elect team reps. All the teams were represented at the community summit at the end of October, which was a huge step forward in recognizing contributors in areas other than core. That said, once all the reps were together, one of the things we talked about was the idea of team reps, responsibilities, and expectations. As a result, it’s time for a bit of an update there.

    Moving forward, each contributor group will have two team reps. We’ll have voting to choose team reps every six months. The idea is that one person will take the lead for the first half of the term with the other person acting as a backup rep, then about halfway through, they’ll swap roles. This way, there’s always someone ramping up with more responsibility, and someone who’s been there still around to lend a guiding hand, without anyone having to make too significant of a time commitment. If one new person takes on team rep responsibilities with each election, then it will be a constant cycle of mentoring people into more responsible roles, which is better for the project long-term than keeping all the responsibility in the hands of a few indefinitely.

    It’s important to understand that “team rep” is a role that handles communication (namely contributor wrangling and posting weekly updates on the team’s activity and plans); it is not called “team lead” for a reason. While the people elected as team reps will generally come from the pool of folks that people think of as the experienced leaders, remember that the team rep role is designed to change hands regularly. For example, if in 6 months Ipstenu was ready to step back from being the support team rep, that would not reduce her leadership role on the support team, it would just mean she wasn’t responsible for team rep duties anymore.

    Unlike some other teams, which wound up with too many or too few reps, the theme review team has two reps — Chip and Emil — who are around and active in cross-group communication. All teams are participating in this round of elections, but you don’t necessarily have to choose new people as team reps. You’re welcome to vote for one or both of your current reps to continue in the role. One thing to be sure of is that anyone you vote for is actually interested in having the team rep responsibilities until the next round of voting in June; this role has a time commitment attached to it, and if a team rep fails to meet that commitment (not posting the weekly updates, for example) they will be removed from the role. To that end, it would probably help for anyone who wants to be in the running to declare their interest in the comments.

    Ready? Go vote for theme review team reps! Voting closes December 15.

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