Marketing Team update – 1 May 2020

Onboarding sessions

We’re preparing for 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’s 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 There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. on 4 June 2020. We’re inviting would-be contributors to the Marketing Team to join us for an introduction to using the tools.

If you have recently joined the Marketing Team or would like a refresher on the tools, do come along to these interactive sessions running from later this month. The dates are in the post linked below. Please let us know in the comments at the end of this post or in the Marketing channel on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at if you will be joining us. We can then make sure we have enough volunteers available to help you.

The sessions will also be available for new contributors who have booked for the WordCamp Europe (WCEU) online Contributor Day event. We will use video-conferencing tools to help individuals set up and use Slack, 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. profiles, TrelloTrello Project management system using the concepts of boards and cards to organize tasks in a sane way. This is what the team uses for example: and collaborate on Google Docs.

Could you help volunteer to help with this onboarding? We would welcome more helpers.

Contributor engagement

We have lots of different initiatives to grow and sustain the team, and to encourage everyone who would like to be actively involved. We’re being supported with advice from Josepha Haden, executive director of WordPress, on the ‘5 Stages of Contributor Engagement’. Thanks to @chanthaboune for her time and enthusiasm.

We want to continue to find ways to make contributing easier and enjoyable, and to help people become long term contributors to the project. In the coming months, we will be exploring how to bring this into the team to benefit and support members.

Online WordPress MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through 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 will help you find options in your area.

Let us know if your Meetup or its organizers could be featured by the Marketing team. If your event could be useful to others across the globe, use the #OnlineWPMeetup hashtag to help people find it.

What we’ve been working on

We have a team who are working on logging notes, actions, tasks and follow-ups to help progress items, enable async contribution (especially at this time) and overcome any barriers.

Team notes and actions, week of 22 April 2020

Team notes and actions, week of 15 April 2020

As part of our support for the team during the pandemic, we continue to run virtual Coffee Breaks and a number of informal initiatives. We publish the dates weekly.

Thanks to everyone involved in all of our work. Come and discover the team on Wednesdays at 14:00 UTC in the Marketing Channel on Slack.

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