Community Team update – March

Proposal: 2021 Global Community Sponsorship program
As our events program will look again this year very different than we normally would have, there’s also a need to redefine how our Global Community Sponsorship program will look as we can’t promise the usual benefits. A team of experienced global Community Sponsorship program contributors set up a proposal, and they propose offering one package only with completely new benefits, available on a quarterly basis.

2021 Financial Update for the WordPress Community
Harmony provided an update on our financial health after we gracefully weathered the storm that was 2020. In summary, WPCSWPCS The collection of PHP_CodeSniffer rules (sniffs) used to format and validate PHP code developed for WordPress according to the WordPress Coding Standards. May also be an acronym referring to the Accessibility, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, etc. coding standards as published in the WordPress Coding Standards Handbook. began the 2021 year with just over US$1.3M on hand from which approximately US$465K is owed to the Global Sponsors for their future sponsorships. WPCS also has approximately US$305K in prepaid expenses to various vendors. Cautious spending of WPCS money will still be necessary for the foreseeable future.

Request for feedback: Review for the dedicated deputy communication channel
The private #community-deputies SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel was created in December, so it’s time for the first review as we agreed. If you are active deputy, please share your thoughts. The post is also an open invitation for all community members to ask questions about the channel, which could help us with the review. If the result of the review looks like there’s no justification for private working space for deputies, the channel will be shut off at the beginning of April. In case the experiment continues, we will do another public review in three months.

In-person events
Recently the Community Team published new guidelines on having safe in-person meetups again. After these guidelines were published, we’ve seen some 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. groups that have met the criteria returning to host in-person meetups and that have hosted those successfully. There have been also a few incidents where the community haven’t met the criteria but organiser(s) have announced in-person meetup. Deputies have reached out to these organisers, explained the situation and events have been cancelled. One meetup group was used to promote an in-person event hosted outside of our chapter program, but organised by the same individuals who were organisers in the chapter meetup group. Also some time ago, the team received an application to organise in-person 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. from the community that meet the criteria for organizing in-person meetups. That application was rejected, as the Community Team expects all WordCamps to take place online for time being.

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