The Community Team meets twice a month, first and third Thursday, at two different times to cover different timezones.
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/. logs from March 1st: 8:00 UTC and 20:00 UTC
Daily operations are going well for everyone, no roadblocks.
Calls for volunteers
We are looking for more people to join the team in different capacities and for different workgroups
- Call for Volunteers: Diversity Outreach Speaker Training Roles
- WordCamp Incubator Program 2018 announcement
- Handling Dormant Meetup Groups
- WordPress Meetup Roundtables scheduled for March
The first three projects are ongoing, the fourth one was completed with a successful run of four online roundtables to support 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. organizers in their essential community work, especially if they are struggling or suffer from burn-out: in the link you will also find the recordings of the sessions, they are a great resource for everyone involved in the organisation of events.
Proposals for discussion
We had some posts to discuss from our blog.
We are in serious need of more mentors for WordCamps! The post proposes to simplify the training that potentials mentors go through, and during the chat we expanded more on the “encouragement and support” for people that are interested but might feel that mentoring is a bit intimidating.
We are therefore thinking of a marketing campaign with the following message: “mentorship is not hard, it’s a rewarding experience for people who would like to help with it and eventually we are doing a good thing spreading our knowledge to others”.
We kept adding suggestions to the post.The plan is to will summarise and prioritise those.
Lately attendance dropped in the 8:00 AM UTC chat so we voted for a new time slot: from March 15th the chat will be at 11:00 AM UTC.
After discussing the matter in a previous chat, we decided to go on and try TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the make.wordpress.com/marketing team uses for example: https://trello.com/b/8UGHVBu8/wp-marketing.. We would like to open a .org workspace for all the teams, with a .org email account. We will announce it when it’s done.
WCEU had been doing a terrific job at promoting European WordCamps throughout the year: the proposal is to have a form in the global 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. Handbook where WordCamps can submit their request for help so the Communication WCEU Team can help.
A few objections were raised on the time frame (does the team works year round? Can they guarantee that?) and the fact that next year’s team might want to do things differently. The issue is still open.
- Closing Deprecated WPCS Bank Account
- WordCamp and Meetup Reports
- New Incident Report form and email address
- WordCamps in 2016
- WordCamps in 2017
Open Floor AM Chat
The open floor in the morning chat brought up the topic of Women’s Groups inside the WordPress Community events.
Some Meetups have Women Who WordPress or Women Of WordPress dedicated events, we discussed the idea of integrating stand-alone groups.
The topic of events focussed on women was discussed in the past: some think these events are non inclusive by definition, while others see this as a great place to start your path as a meetup attendee in an environment that feels more safe. While no one objects to an event focused on women where everyone is invited, the jury is still out on events that are women only. The plan is to post about this in our blog.