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.

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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: 

WCEU 2020 Online Contributor Day: Feedback and achievements

It’s almost a month from the 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. Europe 2020 Online Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.. From the perspective of the WCEU team, the day was a success, went smoothly and everyone had a good time.

But we know we could have done a better job and there’s always room for improvement! WCEU 2020 was also a first time when online Contributor Day at large scale did take place. That’s why we want to hear feedback from team reps and facilitators.

What we could have done differently or better? What worked and what didn’t work? Is there something you would like to see changed when other WordCamps do organize online Contributor Days? Any good practices your team had during the day and want to share those with others?

Please leave a comment with free-form feedback! If you don’t want to share the feedback publicly, reach out to @sippis on 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/. or send email to contributing@wp-europe.org. All feedback and input is highly appreciated 🙂

If your team did write a recap of your teams achievements during the day, share the link in comments. If there’s no recap yet, we highly encourage you to write a one.

Lastly, big thank you to all team facilitators who worked with us to make the Contributor Day and pulling our requests together in short time period. You are awesome!

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Plugin Review Team Update: 29 June 2020

Sorry about the day late, there was stuff.

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 : 98
  • Plugins closed : 21
  • Plugins approved : 83

Plugin Queue Stats (current)

  • Plugins in the queue (new and pending)* : 749
  • → (older than 7 days ago)** : 636
  • → (2020-06-22 – 2020-06-29) : 62
  • → (new; not processed or replied to yet)* : 57
  • → (pending; replied to)* : 692

HelpScout Stats

  • Total Conversations: 245
  • New Conversations: 166
  • Customers: 225
  • Conversations per Day: 30
  • Busiest Day: Thursday
  • Email Conversations: 166
  • Messages Received: 307
  • Replies Sent: 325
  • Emails Created: 95
  • Resolved: 151
  • Resolved on First Reply: 31%
  • Customers Helped: 211
  • Replies per Day: 24
  • Closed: 191

#plugins

Mobile Team Update – June 30th

WordPress iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. and Android version 15.2 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: The monorepo has been merged and mobile E2E tests are running on all 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/ pull requests. We made more progress on the unsupported blocks fallback and @-mentions. Added blocks, words, and chars counters.
  • Full Site Editing: Added the ability to use custom gradients. Image editing introduced into Media&Text. Theme colors and gradients brought into Android as well.
  • Other Projects: New feature announcement project continued with added tooling for localization.
  • Infrastructure: We continued to iterate and improve some of our coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. processes.

#mobile

Plugin Review Team Update: 22 June 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 : 169
  • Plugins rejected : 10
  • Plugins closed : 31
  • Plugins approved : 63

Plugin Queue Stats (current)

  • Plugins in the queue (new and pending)* : 793
  • → (older than 7 days ago)** : 692
  • → (2020-05-18 – 2020-05-25) : 74
  • → (new; not processed or replied to yet)* : 54
  • → (pending; replied to)* : 739

HelpScout Stats

  • Total Conversations: 394
  • New Conversations: 246
  • Customers: 321
  • Conversations per Day: 49
  • Busiest Day: Thursday
  • Email Conversations: 246
  • Messages Received: 454
  • Replies Sent: 531
  • Emails Created: 140
  • Resolved: 225
  • Resolved on First Reply: 35%
  • Customers Helped: 284
  • Replies per Day: 35
  • Closed: 296

#plugins

Design updates 19 June 2020

Since the last update, the team met on Wednesdays as per usual time at 18:00 UTC, as well as 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./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 meeting notes below

Next meetings coming up:

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

The following design meetings will be on Wednesdays at 18.00 UTC.

Calls for feedback

Discussion

  • The design team is collaborating with #core-css to create a color naming convention. Read about the meeting in the #core-css chat. This is an ongoing discussion.

#design-team

Mobile Team Update – June 16th

WordPress iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. and Android version 15.1 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 made progress on Unsupported blocks fallback and the monorepo and both of them are now close to merge.
  • Full Site Editing: Added editor support for theme defined colors and theme defined gradients on cover and button blocks. Copy/Cut/Paste/Duplicate blocks close to go.
  • Other Projects: Released IA project on iOS. Worked on 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. implementation for unified login & signup on iOS. Continued with feature announcement work on Android.
  • Infrastructure: We continued to iterate and improve some of our coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. processes, helped investigate some crashes and improved our testing setup

#mobile

Plugin Review Team: 15 June 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 : 174
  • Plugins rejected : 8
  • Plugins closed : 38
  • Plugins approved : 66

Plugin Queue Stats (current)

  • Plugins in the queue (new and pending)* : 787
  • → (older than 7 days ago)** : 681
  • → (2020-05-18 – 2020-05-25) : 91
  • → (new; not processed or replied to yet)* : 46
  • → (pending; replied to)* : 741

HelpScout Stats

  • Total Conversations: 317
  • New Conversations: 226
  • Customers: 285
  • Conversations per Day: 39
  • Busiest Day: Tuesday
  • Email Conversations: 226
  • Messages Received: 412
  • Replies Sent: 464
  • Emails Created: 127
  • Resolved: 192
  • Resolved on First Reply: 27%
  • Customers Helped: 268
  • Replies per Day: 32
  • Closed: 243

#plugins

Design Team Updates 5 June 2020

Since the last update, the team met on Wednesdays as per usual time at 19:00 UTC, we had a Show and Tell on the last week of May as well as 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./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 meeting notes below

Next meetings coming up:

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

The following design meetings will be on Wednesdays at 18.00 UTC.

WCEU 2020 Contributors day

The design team participated in 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. Europe 2020 Contributors day, we had between 20 and 30 new contributors joining throughout the day.

We walked new contributors through core and Gutenberg triage. @michael-arestad jammed in Zoom and showed contributors about the design process on Full Site editing and how we use tools like Figma in design.

Discussion

  • Catch up with the latest Gutenberg updates #54 

#design-team

Plugin Review Team Status: 8 June 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 : 179
  • Plugins rejected : 10
  • Plugins closed : 47
  • Plugins approved : 73

Plugin Queue Stats (current)

  • Plugins in the queue (new and pending)* : 760
  • → (older than 7 days ago)** : 658
  • → (2020-05-18 – 2020-05-25) : 84
  • → (new; not processed or replied to yet)* : 35
  • → (pending; replied to)* : 725

HelpScout Stats

  • Total Conversations: 296
  • New Conversations: 200
  • Customers: 261
  • Conversations per Day: 37
  • Busiest Day: Tuesday
  • Email Conversations: 200
  • Messages Received: 372
  • Replies Sent: 439
  • Emails Created: 128
  • Resolved: 174
  • Resolved on First Reply: 23%
  • Customers Helped: 22748
  • Replies per Day: 29
  • Closed: 239

#plugins

Marketing team update, 2 June 2020

Some of the highlights from the Marketing Team in the last few weeks are:

  • more than 40 introduction sessions
  • 10 videos to help with onboarding or showcasing the community
  • multiple projects and campaigns planning
  • support to new and longer-term contributors
  • planning support to contributor events
  • marketing skills sessions and training

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. marketing and promotions survey

We are trialling a survey to help WordPress Meetups with their marketing. If you are a Meetup organizer, we would value your time in completing this form. Thanks to those who provided feedback during the last few weeks.

#ContributorStory

This campaign continues and features are currently appearing on 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. Europe 2020’s website and its social channels. Please support it and celebrate the contributors who make WordPress. Thanks to Abha Thakor and Helen Odia for the latest editions and to the contributors featured.

More updates soon about how you can nominate a contributor for the next series.

Onboarding videos and preparation for WCEU

You can find our videos to help attendees set up a 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/ and Make WordPress 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/. accounts for WordCamp Europe (WCEU) Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.. A number of translated commentaries and captions are being added.

More long term versions for WordPress.tv and the Contributor Day Handbook on GitHub will be made after WCEU. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in making these. Let us know if you have presenting experience and can help with translating and recording voiceovers in other languages.

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