How to Welcome New Team Members

The welcome message should be sent to any new attendees at training team meetings. Since 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/. doesn’t respect paragraph breaks when you copy-paste into it, it’s easiest to send the message one paragraph at a time. It is also helpful to remove the link summaries that Slack autogenerates from each paragraph as you send the message so that the actual message isn’t buried in the link summaries.

This document is meant to be a living document that can and should be adjusted by the Training Team Welcome Wagon, but that can also be used by any member of the Training Team as needed.

Current version

Hi [HANDLE OF PERSON]! Thanks for joining the WordPress Training Team chat today! We are always excited about new people who are interested in contributing to our team. 

The WordPress training team helps people learn to use, extend, and contribute to WordPress through synchronous and asynchronous learning as well as downloadable lesson plans for instructors to use in live environments, via learn.wordpress.org.

The training team makes materials for use in in-person teacher-led classes, not online tutorials or training materials. Right now we are focused on a specific set of user-level lessons that will be used for a workshop in the spring that will be given in conjunction with a great organization, Hack the Hood (http://www.hackthehood.org/).

If you’d like to contribute, we are currently looking for more help writing introductory level “user” plans, providing feedback on those plans, and testing these plans in front of live groups. 

Here are a few resources that will help you get started and oriented:

Weekly Meeting: The team meets weekly in the #training channel on Slack. You’re welcome to join these meetings or 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.” the team through this channel at any time. 

Make.WordPress.OrgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/ Site: Our home on the internet is https://make.wordpress.org/training/. Please explore this site, especially our blog, to see what the team has been working on lately.

Please feel free to ping me as you’re trying to decide how you might want to contribute to the training team. I’m happy to answer any questions you have and/or help get you started in the right direction. 

Hope to see you in our next meeting!

p.s. There are some terms that are frequently used in the team chat and blog that might need some explanation, so we’ve created a glossary to help clarify what we mean by some common terms:

  • Author – someone who is currently writing a lesson plan or who wrote a completed lesson plan
  • Copyeditor – someone who contributes by editing lesson plans to make sure they comply with the style guide
  • P2P2 P2 or O2 is the term people use to refer to the Make WordPress blog. It can be found at https://make.wordpress.org/. – this is a jargony name that refers to the blog the team has on make.wordpress.org/training
  • Sandbox – a local installLocal Install A local install of WordPress is a way to create a staging environment by installing a LAMP or LEMP stack on your local computer. of WordPress to be used for a teacher demo or by students to work through the exercises included in a lesson plan
  • Tester – someone who contributes by presenting completed lesson plans to live audiences and then provides feedback on how the lesson went
  • Tier One – there are four tiers of lesson plans that are planned for the training team to create (getting to know WordPress, leveling up, theming, and advanced topics) and “Tier One” is that first “getting to know WordPress” tier
  • User Level – this phrase has evolved to mean the same thing as “Tier One”

If there is another word that should be added to this list, please let us know!

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