WordCamp Travel and COVID-19

Over the past few months, the Global Community team and I have gotten many messages asking about COVID-19 and what it means for WordCamps. We’ve all been doing our best to be knowledgeable about the virus while responding in a level-headed way. Now seems like the right time to share some guidance on what to do next.

WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Travel and Contingency Planning

We should do our part, as members of a highly connected global community, to limit the spread of the virus while there are still so many unknowns.

TLDR: Current guidance advises that if you are planning an event scheduled between now and June 1, and there is any evidence of community transmission of COVID-19 in your area, we strongly recommend that you postpone the event until later in the year or 2021 and/or adapt to an online event.

  • As always, WordCamps are encouraged to embrace their local nature, showcasing the WordPress enthusiasts in your own area.
  • I’ve asked some experienced global community team deputies to research ways to support community-organized livestream events. Not to replace all WordCamps, but to offer an alternative for any that decide to cancel.

For the remaining 2020 WordCamps designed to gather international attendees (WordCamp Europe, WordCamp Centroamerica, WordCamp US), I’ll assist the global community team as they continue monitoring the situation while gathering information from organizing teams and providing the same support provided to WordCamp Asia.

Epidemics like COVID-19 are unpredictable and I’d rather err on the side of caution. I recognize “caution” is a subjective term, but here it means making decisions that align with the efforts of the world to contain the impact of this virus.

Resources and Kudos

Huge thank you to the members of the Global Community team who have been monitoring this evolving situation. Here are a few of the resources and metrics they’ve been using: 

Mobile Team Update – September 22nd

WordPress iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. and Android version 15.8 is available for testing. Sign up here to join the betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. program on iOS or follow this link on your Android device, tap on Become a beta tester.

Highlights for the last two weeks:

  • BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Editor: We fixed a couple of issues related to iOS 14, and polished several flows.
  • Full Site Editing: Link to existing post/page shipped, bug fixes and color improvements, progress on the layout picker. 
  • Other Projects: We made more improvements to several login scenarios. On Android the Media Picker consolidation adds a new source type and wew app bars work was completed.
  • Infrastructure: Usual releases and beta testing, plus improvements to the GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ PR bot and Android modularization.

#mobile

Plugin Review Team Update – 21 Sept 2020

PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Status Change Stats

  • Plugins requested : 143
  • Plugins rejected : 5
  • Plugins closed : 37
  • Plugins approved : 60

Plugin Queue Stats (current)

  • Plugins in the queue (new and pending)* : 735
  • → (older than 7 days ago)** : 654
  • → (2020-09-14 – 2020-09-21) : 58
  • → (new; not processed or replied to yet)* : 39
  • → (pending; replied to)* : 696

HelpScout Stats

  • Total Conversations: 285
  • New Conversations: 197
  • Customers: 251
  • Conversations per Day: 35
  • Busiest Day: Thursday
  • Email Conversations: 197
  • Messages Received: 351
  • Replies Sent: 435
  • Emails Created: 134
  • Resolved: 178
  • Resolved on First Reply: 27%

#plugins

Plugin Review Team Status: 14 September 2020

PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Status Change Stats

  • Plugins requested : 147
  • Plugins rejected : 9
  • Plugins closed : 12
  • Plugins approved : 68

Plugin Queue Stats (current)

  • Plugins in the queue (new and pending)* : 719
  • → (older than 7 days ago)** : 625
  • → (2020-09-06 – 2020-09-13) : 67
  • → (new; not processed or replied to yet)* : 10
  • → (pending; replied to)* : 709

HelpScout Stats

  • Total Conversations: 260
  • New Conversations: 187
  • Customers: 231
  • Conversations per Day: 32
  • Busiest Day: Tuesday
  • Email Conversations: 187
  • Messages Received: 323
  • Replies Sent: 388
  • Emails Created: 114
  • Resolved: 156
  • Resolved on First Reply: 29%

#plugins

Design team updates 11 September 2020

Since the last update, the team met on Wednesdays as per usual time at 18:00 UTC. We had two weekly meetings, as well as CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ triage. You can read the meeting notes below

Next meetings coming up:

Triage Core/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./Gutenberg: Tuesday 16:00 UTC

The design meetings are on Wednesdays at 18.00 UTC.

Discussion

  • The design team is going to merge both triage sessions into one as well as decrease the meeting time from one hour to thirty minutes to reduce meeting fatigue. We will have hallway hangouts and impromptu design demos.
  • Project updates will be given as comments on the agenda to save time during meetings.

#design-team

Design team updates 28 August 2020

Since the last update, the team met on Wednesdays as per usual time at 18:00 UTC. We had one weekly meeting and a Show & Tell, as well as CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and 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. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ triage. You can read the meeting notes below

Next meetings coming up:

Core/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.: Monday 16:30 UTC
Gutenberg: Tuesday 16:00 UTC

The design meetings are on Wednesdays at 18.00 UTC.

Discussion

#design-team

Plugin Review Team: 08 Sep 2020

PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Status Change Stats

  • Plugins requested : 157
  • Plugins rejected : 4
  • Plugins closed : 17
  • Plugins approved : 63

Plugin Queue Stats (current)

  • Plugins in the queue (new and pending)* : 703
  • → (older than 7 days ago)** : 609
  • → (2020-09-01 – 2020-09-08) : 73
  • → (new; not processed or replied to yet)* : 18
  • → (pending; replied to)* : 685

HelpScout Stats

  • Total Conversations: 290
  • New Conversations: 203
  • Customers: 259
  • Conversations per Day: 32
  • Busiest Day: Monday
  • Email Conversations: 203
  • Messages Received: 368
  • Replies Sent: 413
  • Emails Created: 109
  • Resolved: 176
  • Resolved on First Reply: 31%

#plugins

Mobile Team Update – September 7th

WordPress iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. and Android version 15.7 is available for testing. Sign up here to join the betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. program on iOS or follow this link on your Android device, tap on Become a beta tester.

Highlights for the last two weeks:

  • BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Editor: Pullquote block placeholder on Android fixed and block now released on WPAndroid too (was previously on WPiOS only).
  • Full Site Editing: Shipped: Wide/full width support for Group, Cover, Image blocks; Rounded image support for Image block. Progress on the Layout picker and link to existing content.
  • Other Projects: More Unified Login & Signup flows are shipping in WPiOS 15.7. Android Media Picker now supports extra file types, has search, and UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. updates.
  • Infrastructure: Usual releases and beta testing, and also worked on a massive improvement to Android dependency management. Started work on Xcode 12 support for iOS.

#mobile

Marketing Team update for August 2020

Promoting new features and benefits from WordPress releases

For the working group focused on this, the last few months have been very busy. As a pilot working with other teams, we have researched and produced a series of questions and answers on 5.5 for end users and a social media pack. We hope the Q&As will be available soon on the HelpHub and thank everyone who has been involved from the team, the Release Squad, and the documentation and coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. teams. We are also finalizing promotional material for Meetups.

We’re also working with the release squad and polyglots to explore how we can promote the meeting times to encourage more contributors across timezones to be involved. From this week, DevChat for 5.6 takes place on Wednesdays ay 05:00/ 5am UTC and 20:00/ 8pm UTC in the core 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/. channel.

🎉Supporting new contributors update

🆕 We continue to have a good influx of new joiners to the Marketing channel, either as visitors from other teams to assist with specific tasks or new contributors to the team itself.

If you have recently joined or wanting to get involved, our weekly meeting agenda is a good starting point for how to get involved in shadowing on a task or getting more actively involved. It also has our diary of events and meetings.

These are posted on the Make WordPress Marketing blog which you can find at https://make.wordpress.org/marketing/

🕑 We meet for our global weekly meeting on Wednesdays at 14:00 UTC, followed by collaboration sessions. These are great opportunities for joiners to the channel and contributors to learn more about our tasks and the team. We encourage asynchronous involvement with the meeting for 48hours after it takes place as we know the meeting time may not work for everyone.

☕ We have a virtual coffee break on Thursdays at 19:30 UTC. In addition there are a number of meetings during the week at different times as part of our commitment to inclusivity and providing opportunities across the timezones.

💻 We are planning our next induction session later this month. Let us know if you would like to attend. We cover the tools we use as well as provide a brief introduction to some of the areas we are working on.

✍️ Urgent tasks/ rolling or soon deadlines

  • if you have experience of researching for or writing social media for organizations or brands, we have lots of tasks for you
  • if you are an experienced developer or familiar with explaining the tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. or GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ process, we have release-focused tasks you can join. Contact myself (@abhanonstopnewsuk on Slack) or @meher to get involved
  • are you fluent in writing and speaking another language and have good presenting skills? Then you could help the project with our onboarding videos. Contact @OGlekler and @marks99
  • interested in promoting diversity within the project and in tech through drafting social media posts? Contact @Nalininonstopnewsuk and @lmurillom

Contributor events

We have supported a number of small group contributor events at recent WordCamps and Meetups, as well as some led by workplaces.

If your WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more., MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. or organization is planning a WordPress contributor event for staff, come and chat to us about marketing tasks we could plan for you.

Translation promotions

We continue to work with the wonderful #polyglots on marketing WordPress translation opportunities and achievements. We are focused on mini WordPress Translation Day events being planned for the end of September and beginning of October 2020 to coincide with International Translation Day celebrations. Could you support this promotion?

WPDiversity workshops promotion

We have a social media pack available to help promote these important events by the Diverse Speaker Training Group in the Community Team. These free to attend workshops offer support for members of marginalized or underrepresented groups. Contact myself , @nalininonstopnewsuk and @lmurillom to find out how you can use the prepared social media posts in your networks.

You can also help amplify the message by simply retweeting the messages on the WordCamp Central Twitter and Facebook accounts. They are tagged #WPDiversity in these channels. Help us promote the September 2020 events.

Meetup marketing and glossary update

Thanks for all the messages from about promoting Meetups and suggestions for the glossary. Please keep them coming in. Thanks to the community team for helping us promote these areas.

Useful links

Quarter 2 – 2020 Team updates, August 2020

Marketing team update – July 2020

Marketing team update – June 2020

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Plugin Review Team: 31 Aug 2020

PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Status Change Stats

  • Plugins requested : 181
  • Plugins rejected : 90
  • Plugins closed : 13
  • Plugins approved : 66

Plugin Queue Stats (current)

  • Plugins in the queue (new and pending)* : 699
  • → (older than 7 days ago)** : 589
  • → (2020-08-24 – 2020-08-31) : 91
  • → (new; not processed or replied to yet)* : 29
  • → (pending; replied to)* : 670

HelpScout Stats

  • Total Conversations: 311
  • New Conversations: 232
  • Customers: 261
  • Conversations per Day: 38
  • Busiest Day: Monday
  • Email Conversations: 232
  • Messages Received: 346
  • Replies Sent: 406
  • Emails Created: 150
  • Resolved: 153
  • Resolved on First Reply: 28%

#plugins

Mobile Team Update – August 25th

WordPress iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. and Android version 15.6 is available for testing. Sign up here to join the betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. program on iOS or follow this link on your Android device, tap on Become a beta tester.

Highlights for the last two weeks:

  • BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Editor: Shipped fix for editing classic blocks using the unsupported block editor. Began adding offline support for inserting mentions.
  • Full Site Editing: Shipped Gallery image editing, Navigation inside BottomSheet, Slider improvements to reflect changes immediately, Undo/Redo improvements. Progress on the Layout picker, wide/full-width support.
  • Other Projects: Unified Login & Signup is in progress for the iOS app. On Android we analyzed the results after launch and we’re happy to see more self-hosted users successfully adding a site to the app.
  • Infrastructure: Decreased trend in crashes for the iOS app thanks to sustained maintenance efforts. For the Android app, we integrated encrypted logging, and implemented automated delivery of new app screenshots.

#mobile