Experiment: A Public Channel for All Team Reps

I’d like to start an experimental channel for all WordPress team reps to collaborate in. It would be set up very similarly to #core-committers and #5-8-release-leads where it’s open, but posting is requested to be limited to team reps. 

Some Background

Many contributors (whether they were team reps or not) have suggested this over the years and I have been strongly against it every time. I worry that it will create a new silo, that it will cause team reps to stop reaching out to one another directly, or that it will somehow create a feeling of “exclusivity”.

But given the way our project has grown and the way the world has changed how we do things (learning/working/living moving increasingly online), I feel it’s time to give the channel a try. Like the last couple of coordination channels I’ve created, I have some thoughts on what the expectations should be:

  • All team reps will be included in the channel by default.
  • The primary goal is ease of collaboration, not private decision-making conversations.
  • The channel can be used by team reps for cross team collaboration or hand off.
  • The channel can be used by me (though I am not a team repTeam Rep A Team Rep is a person who represents the Make WordPress team to the rest of the project, make sure issues are raised and addressed as needed, and coordinates cross-team efforts.!) to share important information and also to check in with everyone more easily.

Do you have feedback?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Let me know what you think in the comments below! Discussion is open through May 28, 2021. 🙂