Become a Welcome Committee member today!

This month, the Training Team launched a new onboarding program to improve the onboarding experience of new contributors. Because of this, the function of the Welcome Committee (formerly Welcome Wrangler) has changed. Please check out the Welcome Committee’s new handbook page. And if you are an active team member interested in this role, come join the list of committee members!

What changed exactly?

Previously, the role required special access to the team’s email inbox in order to see contact form submissions from new contributors. With the launch of the new onboarding program, the contact form has been retired, removing the need for this special access. Now, any active contributor on the team can become a Welcome Committee member!

Is that all that changed?

There’s more! Previously, the role involved connecting with new contributors in direct messages, responding to contact form submissions, and sharing multiple resource links with them in order to get them set up with the team. Now, the focus has changed to just public interactions with new contributors. One only needs to direct them to the new onboarding program, as all other resources will be gradually introduced there.

Why no longer “Welcome Wrangler”?

The Training Team has called this role a few different names over the years, including “welcome wagon committee”, “welcome committee” and “welcome wranglers”. In September 2022, it was raised how the word “wrangler” can be difficult to understand, especially when translating to non-English languages. Those involved in the conversation then agreed “committee” would be a good alternative to use instead.

If you have any question, please leave them in the comments below. If you are interested in joining the Welcome Committee, feel free to 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.” @bsanevans or @faculty-admin in the #training SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel.

Interested to know what other roles the team has? If so, then also check out Become an Online Workshop Facilitator or Tutorial Presenter Today! Or, come experience the team’s new onboarding program.

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