Community Team Catch-up

A lot of moving and shaking on the community team, and we’ll be posting weekly updates moving forward.

  • Good intentions with the deputies program as created at the WCSF Summit in October 2014 did not pan out as expected. While more people were involved with 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. oversight, some additional bottlenecks were introduced, some volunteers left for various reasons, and the email queue for WCs and meetups was backed up so far that the average response time was more than 60 days.
  • As of 2 weeks ago, Andrea Middleton and I are returning to the community team (we had stepped back at the beginning of the year).
  • We are reviewing all team processes and ruthlessly tearing them apart in an effort to reduce bottlenecks, increase transparency, and give deputies more independent authority.
  • We are starting to post daily updates from deputies on the team blog to make it easier for people to know what’s happening within the team.
  • We are adding more deputies, including people whose employers are donating their time a certain number of hours. The goal is to especially flesh out our deputy ranks in past of the world other than North America.
  • We are revamping documentation.
  • We are experimenting with supportflow to replace supportpress. It is so buggy it took almost 2 weeks just to get it working, and it caused some problems with our account during a massive email spree bug incident.
  • There are currently 22 WordCamps on the schedule between now and the end of the year, and another 31 on the pending list waiting to announce a date (based on signing venue contract/budget approval).
  • Applications for hosting WCUS close at the end of the month and a location will be chosen by Matt in early July.
  • The team has spun off into its own team at

That’s the gist of it.

It looks like a bunch of other teams have also stopped posting here, so we may reach out and try to get other teams going again.