Mobile Team Update – March 23rd

WordPress iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. and Android version 17.0 is available for testing. Sign up here to join the betaBeta A pre-release of software that is given out to a large group of users to trial under real conditions. Beta versions have gone through alpha testing in-house and are generally fairly close in look, feel and function to the final product; however, design changes often occur as part of the process. program on iOS or follow this link on your Android device, tap on “Become a beta tester”.

Highlights for the last two weeks:

  • BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Editor: Several accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) improvements.
  • Full Site Editing:  We added device mode selection on page creation, and fixed a bug around media uploads during device rotation in Android.
  • Infrastructure: Getting close to merge all the moving parts of the first iteration of the GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. https://wordpress.org/gutenberg/ Composite Build project! Gutenberg update, gutenberg-mobile CI deployment, new translation tooling and WordPress Android integration. WordPress iOS release builds are now triggered by API calls.

#mobile

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, WPCS 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 https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. 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 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. 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.

#community-team, #make-wordpress-org-community

Themes Team Update: 23 March 2021

Theme directory stats

Currently 56 new parent themes and 15 new child themes are waiting for review.
The waiting time is 2 weeks.

In the past 7 days,

  • 310 tickets were opened
  • 326 tickets were closed:
    • 303 tickets were made live.
      • 19 new Themes were made live.
      • 284 Theme updates were made live.
      • 2 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 23 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 8

HelpScout Stats

In the past 7 days,

Email Conversations 14Messages Received 14
Replies Sent 4Emails Created 1
Resolved 1Resolved on First Reply 100%

#themes

Plugin Status Update: 22 March 2021

PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Status Change Stats

  • Plugins requested : 167
  • Plugins rejected : 3
  • Plugins closed : 17
  • Plugins approved : 49

Plugin Queue Stats (current)

  • Plugins in the queue (new and pending)* : 807
  • → (older than 7 days ago)** : 687
  • → (2021-03-15 – 2021-03-22) : 95
  • → (new; not processed or replied to yet)* : 52
  • → (pending; replied to)* : 755

Helpscout Stats

  • Total Conversations: 324
  • New Conversations: 243
  • Customers: 279
  • Conversations per Day: 40
  • Busiest Day: Tuesday
  • Email Conversations: 243
  • Messages Received: 391
  • Replies Sent: 499
  • Emails Created: 171
  • Resolved: 176
  • Resolved on First Reply: 23%

#plugins

Experiment: Coordinating Sponsored Contributor Teams

Edit, 23 Mar 2021 – Josepha answered main topics of concern here: https://make.wordpress.org/updates/2021/03/19/experiment-coordinating-sponsored-contributor-teams/#comment-5208

It’s hard to believe that WordPress has grown to support 40% of the web since its release on April 1, 2003. It’s even harder to imagine that a lot of this growth was due to word-of-mouth marketing, the quality of our contributions, and the strong community behind the project. 

2020 was filled with hardships for many of us in the WordPress community, and we saw a predictable downturn in the level of volunteer contributions. Despite all of that the project continues to move forward, tackling big projects like full site editing, what to do about IE11, and reworking our long-standing contributor tools. This is where pledged time from Five for the Future comes into play.

Since its introduction in 2014, Five for the Future has encouraged organizations that benefit from the WordPress open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. project to give back to the project by sponsoring full-time contributors to move the project forward.  When we experience lulls, like we are now, we know that there are company-sponsored contributors to continue mission-critical work.

The Experiment

Most everyone is aware of our contributors who are sponsored full-time to work on the WordPress project. In the near future, you will see a few more sponsored contributors around to make sure we are keeping up with the necessary tasks, from marketing professionals to backend developers. To assist in coordinating, I have created an experimental 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/. channel for contributors who are sponsored for 32 hours or more. It is a closed channel, and since I have historically been publicly opposed to this, I have set some expectations for everyone who will be joining.

  • Contributors who are sponsored full-time to contribute to WordPress (as opposed to their company’s product) will be added to the channel, no matter which company sponsors them or what country they work from.
  • I will revisit the implementation post-WP5.8 to make sure it’s useful, focused, avoiding black box decisions, and committing to transparency.
  • Once we are all post-COVID, I will also revisit the implementation to see that it’s our most effective way to build psychological safety.
  • I will clarify group norms that include what should always be discussed in public so that we continue upholding the project’s communication norms..

The primary value of this group is not to have discussions and decisions behind closed doors. It is primarily an opportunity for those who are contributing full-time to WordPress to gain valuable knowledge of how we lead with a global mindset and how WordPress applies open source methodologies in a broader context than software development.

If your organization is interested in learning more about Five for the Future and how to participate, check out the white paper below and feel free to reach out to me with questions!

Whitepaper 

X-post: Hosting Team meeting summary 2021-03-17

X-post from +make.wordpress.org/hosting: Hosting Team meeting summary 2021-03-17

Proposal: A WordPress Project Contributor Handbook

There have been many times over the past six years where I reviewed new content going into a team’s handbook, and thought that it really should be in a big “WordPress Project Handbook”. It’s generally content around underlying philosophies or commitments to do (or not do) something, but ultimately shared expectations of how we, as contributors, work together, who we want to build our products for, and the WordPress interpretation of modern, open sourceOpen Source Open Source denotes software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Open Source **must be** delivered via a licensing model, see GPL. best practices.

As I’ve watched many working groups come together to create sections of this handbook, it occurred to me that speaking “on behalf of WordPress contributors” is never an easy task, and certainly not one that is made easier by trying to create a handbook by committee. That doesn’t make a handbook like this less vital, but it does make the responsibility much more heavy.

That level of responsibility is something that falls into my job description, so I will take on the responsibility for a first draft. I plan to include the following sections:

  • Community Code of Conduct
  • AccessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) Policy
  • Diversity and Inclusion Policy
  • Privacy Policy
  • Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Code of Ethics

This would be a handbook outside of individual team handbooks, and will grow to include other foundational content (i.e. the GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing https://wordpress.org/about/license/. The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license https://www.gnu.org/licenses/copyleft.en.html. This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. primer, open source leadership resources, etc.).

Next Steps

  • I will coordinate a v1 of this handbook as a starting point.
  • I will share the v1 with former members of those working groups, so that we don’t lose that institutional knowledge.
  • A call for feedback will be posted so that refinements can be made.

Design Team Update: 16 March 2021

Since the last update, the Make WordPress Global Design Team met on Tuesdays at 16:00 UTC for the Weekly Trige and on Wednesdays at 18:00 UTC. This post contains the update for Design Team between the dates 02 and 16 March 2021.

  • Number of Weekly Meetings (Regular)- 2
Design Team Meeting Notes March 3, 2021
Design Team Meeting Notes March 10, 2021
  • Number of Triages- 2
  • Updates- 2
Testing a Gutenberg Pull Request
Daylight Saving Time and Time Zones

Thank you!

#design, #design-team

Themes Team Update: 16 March 2021

Theme directory stats

Currently 66 new parent themes and 19 new child themes are waiting for review.
The waiting time is 3 weeks.

In the past 7 days,

  • 320 tickets were opened
  • 317 tickets were closed:
    • 300 tickets were made live.
      • 12 new Themes were made live.
      • 288 Theme updates were made live.
      • 6 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 17 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 8

HelpScout Stats

In the past 7 days,

Email Conversations 9Messages Received 9
Replies Sent 0Emails Created 0
Resolved 0Resolved on First Reply 0

#themes

Plugin Review Team Status – 15 March 2021

PluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party Status Change Stats

  • Plugins requested : 157
  • Plugins rejected : 12
  • Plugins closed : 125
  • Plugins approved : 48

Plugin Queue Stats (current)

  • Plugins in the queue (new and pending)* : 753
  • → (older than 7 days ago)** : 652
  • → (2021-03-08 – 2021-03-15) : 81
  • → (new; not processed or replied to yet)* : 28
  • → (pending; replied to)* : 725

Helpscout Stats

  • Total Conversations: 601
  • New Conversations: 462
  • Customers: 327
  • Conversations per Day: 75
  • Busiest Day: Monday
  • Email Conversations: 462
  • Messages Received: 676
  • Replies Sent: 588
  • Emails Created: 153
  • Resolved: 252
  • Resolved on First Reply: 22%

#plugins