WCEU 2020 Online Contributor Day: Feedback and achievements

It’s almost a month from the 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 2020 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.. From the perspective of the WCEU team, the day was a success, went smoothly and everyone had a good time.

But we know we could have done a better job and there’s always room for improvement! WCEU 2020 was also a first time when online Contributor Day at large scale did take place. That’s why we want to hear feedback from team reps and facilitators.

What we could have done differently or better? What worked and what didn’t work? Is there something you would like to see changed when other WordCamps do organize online Contributor Days? Any good practices your team had during the day and want to share those with others?

Please leave a comment with free-form feedback! If you don’t want to share the feedback publicly, reach out to @sippis on 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/. or send email to contributing@wp-europe.org. All feedback and input is highly appreciated 🙂

If your team did write a recap of your teams achievements during the day, share the link in comments. If there’s no recap yet, we highly encourage you to write a one.

Lastly, big thank you to all team facilitators who worked with us to make the Contributor Day and pulling our requests together in short time period. You are awesome!

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Marketing team update, 2 June 2020

Some of the highlights from the Marketing Team in the last few weeks are:

  • more than 40 introduction sessions
  • 10 videos to help with onboarding or showcasing the community
  • multiple projects and campaigns planning
  • support to new and longer-term contributors
  • planning support to contributor events
  • marketing skills sessions and training

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. marketing and promotions survey

We are trialling a survey to help WordPress Meetups with their marketing. If you are a Meetup organizer, we would value your time in completing this form. Thanks to those who provided feedback during the last few weeks.

#ContributorStory

This campaign continues and features are currently appearing on 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 2020’s website and its social channels. Please support it and celebrate the contributors who make WordPress. Thanks to Abha Thakor and Helen Odia for the latest editions and to the contributors featured.

More updates soon about how you can nominate a contributor for the next series.

Onboarding videos and preparation for WCEU

You can find our videos to help attendees set up a WordPress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/ and Make WordPress 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/. accounts for WordCamp Europe (WCEU) 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.. A number of translated commentaries and captions are being added.

More long term versions for WordPress.tv and the Contributor Day Handbook on GitHub will be made after WCEU. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in making these. Let us know if you have presenting experience and can help with translating and recording voiceovers in other languages.

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Marketing Team update, May 2020

Supporting new and existing contributors

Thanks to the work of our contributor event communications working group, we have continued to produce materials to encourage participation and provide support in setting up and using the team’s tools.

With the assistance of @macgraphic, @webcommsat and @rahuldsarker we are working on screen videos to show how to set up WordPress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/ and Make WordPress 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/. accounts ahead of 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 (WCEU) 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. on 4 June 2020.

The English version of the video, with captions.

Some contributors have asked for further help with voiceovers or captions in their native languages. We will try to add these where possible. If you would like to help with this, contact @webcommsat or @macgraphic

Marketing Team onboarding (introduction) sessions will run again this week on. Please join the team if you would like assistance setting up the tools or being involved at WordCamp Europe’s Contributor Day on 4 June 2020.

  • Monday 25 May 2020, 19:30 UTC (a Zoom link to the group event will be available either on request through email or shared on the #marketing channel on Slack)
  • Tuesday 26 May 2020, 15:00 UTC
  • Wednesday 3 June 2020, 14:00 UTC – usual Marketing Team meeting which will be held on Slack and Zoom
    • this will focus on any remaining support needed to help WCEU Contributor Day attendees and final preparations with volunteers
    • event attendees are welcome to join, especially if they need assistance preparing for the event

Small group training

For the previous four weeks we have been running small group training and task support to help new contributors to the WordPress project or those starting out in marketing.

Thank you to everyone who has come along and those who have generously provided video conferencing hosting and training. During this last week, we have run daily sessions on onboarding, the tasks we will have available at WordCamp Europe’s Contributor Day, and introductions to marketing techniques used in some of the existing tasks.

Promoting Online WordPress Meetups

We continue to help with marketing and information on WordPress Meetups which are running online during the pandemic.

If your Chapter 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. is planning an event which would welcome or be of interest to a wider, global audience, help us find your details by adding #OnlineWPMeetup to your relevant social media posts. Thanks for all the feedback and help requests that have come in, ideas for contributor stories, and for our survey.

We hope to publish the survey next week to better understand how the team can assist organizing teams.

WordPress Translation Day mini-events

Abha Thakor and Rahul D Sarker have been working to promote interim locale events for the French and Bengali languages in the last two months.

Thanks to @webcommsat and all those involved in producing marketing materials. If you could assist the #WPTranslationDay, Polyglots and Marketing teams in jointly updating a communications pack, please message the @TranslateWP Twitter account or contact @webcommsat on the Make Slack.

After WCEU, the Translation Day team will be exploring when the next international day could potentially take place.

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WCEU 2020 Online Contributor Day: All that team facilitators and experienced Contributors need to know

Hello WordPress Make teams. It’s only two weeks until 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 2020 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. and we can’t wait for the event to start.

First of all, thank you so much for providing us with all the details we asked for, especially within such a tight timeframe and with limited information. The whole WCEU team was thrilled to receive the excellent video introductions from the 15 different Make teams that will be joining us on the day.

We are finally ready to share a detailed update about how the day will work and have a few final requests. This is a long post, but please read it carefully as it contains important information for all members of the Make teams helping at Contributor Day.

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WCEU Online 2020 Contributor Day update: times, registration, platforms and team video introductions

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 Online 2020 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. team is happy to provide more information about the Contributor Day and guides for making your team’s video introduction!

Times

Contributor Day will take place on 4 June 13:00-18:00 UTC.

Tickets / registration

Registration will be opened in a few days, follow our website and Twitter account for official announcement.

During the WCEU Online 2020 registration, we will ask whether attendees plan to attend to Contributor Day. Attendees will choose their preferred team, so we can provide an estimate on how many contributors you can expect to work in your team during the day. If we start reaching more than 500 attendees for Contributor Day, the option to mark interest to attend will be removed.

You don’t need to worry about getting your Make team’s key contributors to register before the limit of 500 attendees is reached, we have taken it into account and ensured enough seats for them 🙂 If someone in your team couldn’t mark their interest during registration, let us know via email to contributing@wp-europe.org.

It’s important that everyone planning to attend WCEU Online 2020 Contributor Day does the registration! We will send instructions and useful links for attendees before the event.

Platforms and tools we are using

Existing contributors are already in Making WordPress 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/. and we do want to get new contributors there as well, so they will come straight to space where contributions continue after Contributor Day. During the day, Make teams use their existing Slack channels for communication accompanied by a new general Contributor Day channel dedicated to helping attendees and for general coordination.

In addition to Slack, teams have the opportunity to have ad-hoc video calls when needed. WCEU team will provide the Zoom accounts and schedule meetings on a request.

Opening and closing remarks will take place on Youtube Live.

Instructions to record your team introduction

The organization team for the WordCamp Europe Online 2020 is working to create an enjoyable Contributor Day. To smooth the onboarding of the new contributors, we are asking each Make team’s Reps to create a short video, no longer than one minute, that highlights:

  • who you are and which team you’re representing
  • what the team does
  • if there are any focuses during the WCEU 2020 Contributor Day
  • how contributors can help your team
  • any other relevant idea that you see fit for your team

We aim to publish these videos in advance, to help contributors decide on the team they plan to join. They will be featured on the official website for the event and in the Contributor Day opening remarks taking place in Youtube Live.

Given the tight schedule, we are asking the teams to submit the videos before 8 May 2020, so there’s room for review, add graphics to start and end, and ensure that contributors have time to decide.

Please, submit your videos observing the following guidelines:

  • You can use any camera available, even your phone, to record the video. If you would like to record from the computer but don’t know how here are a few simple tutorials for Mac users, Linux users, and Windows users.
  • Avoid using a busy background – both audio (background noise) and visual (stripes, zigzags, virtual backgrounds, and other people).
  • Find a place with good lighting. Avoid having the main light source on your back.
  • When possible use an external mic for better audio results.
  • Take the time to send a meaningful message.
  • Submit the video via a cloud service like WeTransfer (no signup needed) to contributing@wp-europe.org. If you had a manuscript, please send it too.

If you are facing troubles with recording the video, let us know via email to contributing@wp-europe.org and we will schedule a Zoom call with you to do the recording part.

Leave a comment if you have any questions. Thank you for creating this event with us!

The WCEU 2020 Online Contributor Day Team
Abha, Laetitia, Marco, Michael, Pedro, Timi

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Marketing Team update – 22 April 2020


In the team we are:

  • working on how people can contribute to the Marketing Team at 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. in June 2020
  • supporting Online WordPress Meetups together with the Community Team. If you are organizing an online 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., do use #OnlineWPMeetup to help us support you
  • working on documents for the CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. team to highlight the work of the release team and component maintainers
  • continuing to work with WCEU Contributing Team on contributor stories and onboarding guides
  • rolling out a package of support for team members during the public health emergency and helping them to keep connected. This includes Virtual Coffee Breaks and informal ways to show how the team continues to contribute to the global WordPress project. For example, a photo mosaic
  • continuing to provide ways for newer contributors to get involved. This includes running collaboration sessions to help people contribute ideas, learn more about the tools and work of the project, and find ways to get involved.
  • You can find out more about the work of the Marketing Team at https://make.wordpress.org/marketing/

    Come and join our meetings on 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/. on Wednesdays at 14:00 UTC.

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    WCEU 2020 – Leave no Contributor Behind

    The organising team for 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. at WordCamp Europe in June this year needs your help. The team would like to do two things:

    1. Increase the value that new attendees get from Contributor Day
    2. Increase the long term benefit to the WordPress project from onboarding new contributors

    What’s the Problem We Are Trying to Solve?

    Many teams see a good start first thing in the morning on Contributor Day, with an introduction and lots of enthusiasm. Sometimes this can tail off as new contributors get stuck, can’t find relevant tasks to get involved with, or can’t get help because experienced contributors have moved on to working on their own tasks.

    Contributor Day presents huge potential but often the number of returning contributors isn’t as high as it could be. Although we don’t have numbers for this, that’s the feeling that experienced contributors have communicated in the past.

    It would be great for the WordPress project to gain more regular contributors as a result of attending a Contributor Day.

    Let’s Plan for Long Lasting Contribution

    There are three aspects to improving the retention rate of new contributors on a Contributor Day:

    1. Better planning prior to the event
    2. Better support during the day for new contributors
    3. Better follow-ups in the days after the event

    The organising team is planning to contact the team reps from each of the teams that make up WordPress and ask them to help facilitate this plan. WCEU Contributor Day is a great opportunity to do this at the team levels due to the high number of experienced contributors in attendance.

    1. Better planning prior to the event

    An example of a problem that can be reduced with some prior planning is the fact that all the “good first bugs” often get taken within a short period of time, leaving new contributors struggling to find tasks to work on. With a small amount of planning in the weeks prior to WCEU, it should be possible to get a higher number of good first tasks lined up and ready to be worked on by new contributors at Contributor Day.

    Team reps

    1. Please ensure the content of your “Getting Started at a Contributor Day” handbook page is up to date (example from the Polyglots). This page should give an idea of what the team works on during Contributor Days. If you don’t have such a page, please create one. These links will be published on a specific page for attendees, so the sooner you can confirm you have it, the better. 
    2. To maximize the value for new contributors, please collate tasks that both new and existing contributors can work on during the day (for example your “good first tasks” list). This list needs to be fairly detailed and be published on the WCEU website a week prior to the event.
      Example of how the Community team does this:
      Call for ideas
      Plans for the day

    2. Better support during the day for new contributors

    Some teams run short introductory sessions on Contributor Day and it would be great to have more of these in 2020. This could be a session repeated a few times during the day to reach as many new contributors as possible.

    Team reps

    If your team needs it, can you plan an introductory session to help onboard new contributors to your team? It doesn’t need to be long, around 10 minutes with a few slides is ideal.

    In addition, it would be great for existing contributors to help out new contributors who may get stuck or run out of tasks on the day. Identifying existing contributors who will be in attendance and happy to do this should make the day more valuable for everyone.

    The WCEU 2020 contributing team wants to move away from having one or two team leads and instead having a team of experienced contributors functioning as mentors to help and guide new contributors.

    3. Better follow-ups in the days after the event

    During Contributor Day and the days immediately following it, the project sees contributions from new contributors that typically need some guidance. For example, patches that need testing and feedback, translations that need approval, or just a general check-in to see how a new contributor is getting on.

    Team reps

    In order to help maintain enthusiasm, it would be great to have a plan to ensure new contributors get feedback on their initial contributions. This takes different forms depending on the team, so please think about how you can support new contributors in the days after the event.

    There will be a room available for use as a Contributing Area during the main 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. event. All teams are welcome to share this room in order to carry on contributing or helping out new contributors.

    Thank You

    Thank you for helping increase the value of WCEU Contributor Day for everyone!

    If anyone (existing or new contributors) has any other ideas about making the event more valuable, please leave a comment.

    The WCEU 2020 Contributing Team
    Abha, Aleksandar, Francesca, John, Laetitia, Michael

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    WordCamp US Contributor Day 2019

    Hosting

    • Reviewed and commented on a draft document outlining criteria for inclusion of hosts on a new /hosting page on WordPress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/
    • Found a fix for WordPress Travis CI reporting
    • Got access to PHPUnit 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 reporter used for showing hosting test results
    • Content review and edits to the Hosting Handbook – it had fallen a bit out of date

    Docs

    • created a list of missing or incorrect information in 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/ 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. documentation
    • Two reps designated for Gutenberg developer and user documentation
    • Migrated content from Codex to Devhub
    • Tidying up handbook issues
    • Tagging some articles as documentation

    CoreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.

    • onboarded new contributors
    • New contributors helped get two new commits in: r46639 & r46640
    • set up and ran a unit test on a patch
    • agreed proposed direction for REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/. core authentication support
    • Privacy – potentially displaying privacy info in plugin readme for hopeful adding to plugin repo
    • Roadmap for Site Health + action plan for v2
    • Solicited user feedback on Core 5.3
    • @TimothyBlynJacobs made his first commit to WordPress Core

    Kids Camp

    • Started first ever kids camp at a 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. US!
    • Scavenger hunt where kids took selfies with people from each contributor team to use in the creation of their WordPress sites!

    Test

    • A couple usability testing scripts have been written.
    • Going through all Gutenberg issues labelled as “needs testing” – over 15 tested
    • Helping other contributors get their testing environments set up

    Polyglots

    • Translated 5.3 for Dutch

    Marketing

    • Subtitling videos to use for marketing purposes
    • Updates to example sites on WordPress.org
    • Interviewing other teams and working up a recap post

    Design

    • Fire, forage, and treasure exercise with post-its
    • Working on Author block
    • Working on processes for product design for WordPress

    Mobile

    • Testing
    • Environment setup
    • Updating new contributor onboarding documentation
    • Regression testing on iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. 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. release

    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)

    • We’ve gotten everyone acquainted with the accessibility team, how to contribute and where to find important team info
    • We split the group into two: those who are new to a11yAccessibility 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) and want to go over 101 basics and those more familiar with it and want to learn how to get started contributing
    • We went over TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. and GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ and learned how to create and give feedback on tickets and issues
    • We discussed the many different ways in which people can contribute, wether that’s with code, design, testing or feedback, everyone can participate
    • Working through Trac tickets
    • Testing, giving feedback, and opening issues for new stuff
    • After lunch we all paired and started diving into Trac. The team is already helping move tickets forward by testing, suggesting solutions and submitting patches.

    Support

    • Onboard 4-5 new people to the team
    • Discussing what the causes may be of fewer unanswered issues than normal
    • “No reply” topics down to 4

    CLICLI Command Line Interface. Terminal (Bash) in Mac, Command Prompt in Windows, or WP-CLI for WordPress.

    • Working on updating Lando testing system
    • Closed several existing issues
    • Work on docker environment to make running tests more reliable

    MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress.

    • Got Aaron access to make this post!
    • Onboarded 4 people
    • Fixed 4 WordCamp.org issues
    • Fixes 2 issued for Five for the Future
    • Fixed 1 issue for WordPress.tv

    Training

    • Onboarding
    • Iterations on Make.WP site
    • Forms, new page templates, and taxonomies for lesson plans
    • Working on lesson plans for:
      • Getting started with CSSCSS CSS is an acronym for cascading style sheets. This is what controls the design or look and feel of a site.
      • Installing plugins
      • What you can do with WordPress
    • 3 new prs for meta site learn.wordpress.org
    • 3 lesson plans were instructionally reviewed.

    Community

    • New 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. organizer orientation
    • Documentation for reaching out to prior WordCamp sponsors
    • WC Asia budget review
    • Going through WCUS 2019 photos
    • Working on messaging and benefits around speaker diversity training
    • Onboarding checklists
    • New WordCamp organizer orientation
    • New meetup chapter vetted and ready to launch
    • Diverse Speaker Training Team: Marketing text for promoting our workshop to meetups
    • Diverse Speaker Training Team: Edited training videos
    • Diverse Speaker Training Team: Started creating diverse events self-guided training

    TV

    • Teaching people how to access videos from WordCamp that need to be edited.
    • Several people are modding and editing videos from:
      • WCEU
      • Jacksonville
      • Birmingham
    • Two people submitted their first video to wptv
    • Published State of the WordState of the Word This is the annual report given by Matt Mullenweg, founder of WordPress at WordCamp US. It looks at what we’ve done, what we’re doing, and the future of WordPress. https://wordpress.tv/tag/state-of-the-word/. 2019!
    • Onboarded people for moderating and editing

    Plugins

    • Lots of progress planning the WPGraphQL v1.0 Roadmap
    • Onboarded two new volunteers
    • Streamlined flows

    Tide

    • Working on rate limiting issue

    #contributor-day, #wordcamp-us

    We Make.WordPress – Contributor Day Recap from #WCUS 2017

    Contributor Day at WordPress US was a huge success. Contributor Days are a collaborative community outreach with amazing opportunities to get involved in Making WordPress.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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/. at WordPress US was a huge success. Contributor Days are a collaborative community outreach with amazing opportunities to get involved in Making WordPress. Contributor Days happen at camps both large and small. We’d like to encourage you with an update that will inspire your community as well.

    This year’s Contributor Day 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. US was held on Sunday, December 3 and was well-attended and productive.

    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)

    Team leads: Rian Rietveld (@rianrietveld on 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/.), Andrea Fercia (@afercia on Slack), and Joe Dolson (@joedolson on Slack)

    The a11yAccessibility 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) group provides accessibility expertise across the project. They make sure that WordPress coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. and all of WordPress’ resources are accessible. Learn more about the Accessibility team.

    As always, we had a few different tasks. We gave info on how to test for accessibility and reviewed and discussed work from developers and designers. We also tested 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/, on-boarded new developers in the team, and talked to the other teams about common issues.

    Full recap: Contributor day at WordCamp US 2017

     

    COMMUNITY

    Team lead: Andrea Middleton (@andreamiddleton on Slack)

    If you’re interested in organizing a 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. or a WordCamp, the community blog is a great place to get started. There are groups working to support events, to create outreach and training programs, and generally support the community. Learn more about Community.

    At WordCamp US contributor day, we did a lot! Here’s a tidy list:

    • Experienced community team contributors trained newer contributors on how to order swag for WordCamps and meetups.
    • We held a couple of in-person meetup and WordCamp orientations.
    • Brand new contributors reviewed our meetup organizers handbook for clarity.
    • A group of experienced organizers worked on some new documentation on how to review speaker applications.
    • 23 people attended a discussion of recruiting diverse speakers and 8 attended a workshop on a new initiative to train people who are underrepresented in tech how to develop, propose, and give conference sessions
    • New and experienced contributors took part in an application vetting sprint.

    CORE

    Team lead: Adam Silverstein (@adamsilverstein on Slack)

    The core team makes WordPress. Whether you’re a seasoned PHPPHP PHP (recursive acronym for PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor) is a widely-used open source general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited for web development and can be embedded into HTML. http://php.net/manual/en/intro-whatis.php. or JavaScriptJavaScript JavaScript or JS is an object-oriented computer programming language commonly used to create interactive effects within web browsers. WordPress makes extensive use of JS for a better user experience. While PHP is executed on the server, JS executes within a user’s browser. https://www.javascript.com/. developer or are just learning to code, we’d love to have you on board. You can write code, fix bugs, debate decisions, and help with development. Learn more about the Core team.

    The core team helped onboard numerous new contributors and huddled around focuses including the REST APIREST API The REST API is an acronym for the RESTful Application Program Interface (API) that uses HTTP requests to GET, PUT, POST and DELETE data. It is how the front end of an application (think “phone app” or “website”) can communicate with the data store (think “database” or “file system”) https://developer.wordpress.org/rest-api/., JavaScript, and Gutenberg. Several commits landed and contributors submitted patches to core or tested existing patches. The JavaScript group brainstormed about how to structure core JavaScript to maintain backwards compatibility while also enabling merging and building features like Gutenberg. We managed to break and then fix our build and we updated our recommended PHP version to 7.2.

    DESIGN

    Team lead: Mark Uraine (@mapk on Slack)

    The design group explores solutions for various problems throughout 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. It’s a home for designers and design-lovers alike. Regular design discussions span UIUI UI is an acronym for User Interface - the layout of the page the user interacts with. Think ‘how are they doing that’ and less about what they are doing. & UXUX UX is an acronym for User Experience - the way the user uses the UI. Think ‘what they are doing’ and less about how they do it., information architecture, and computation design with emphasis toward user testing and inclusion. Learn more about the Design team.

    The Design Team talked about the importance of contributing to WordPress and the opportunity designers have right now to influence the direction of this open source project. We explored what design meant in the world of WordPress, and how design can be contributed in many different ways; Documentation, Core, MetaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress., etc. After lunch, some broke out to help other teams while others learned more details on TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/., tickets, and the contributing process.

    DOCUMENTATION

    Team lead: Jon Ang (@kenshino on Slack)

    Good documentation lets people help themselves when they get stuck. The docs team is responsible for creating inline documentation for core, as well as content for the theme and 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 development handbooks, and more recently, HelpHub. Learn more about the Documentation team.

    The documentation team worked on the following

    • Listing out tasks that have low entry barriers (maybe things that can be completed in 15 mins by volunteers). This way more people can contribute to Documentation without having to onboard onto a complicated setup.
    • We created at least 5 trac tickets
    • Worked on Helphub
    • Continued work on MigrationMigration Moving the code, database and media files for a website site from one server to another. Most typically done when changing hosting companies. of Codex to DevHub
    • Fixed styling on DevHub
    • Had various discussions on PHPdocs standards – perhaps to suggest the actual PHP PSR standards to adopt what we’ve created
    • Had a chat with Matias about Gutenberg documentation – of which we’ll follow up closely
    • A total of 15 people contributed and half of them were new
    • We’re almost done with the Docs Roadmap we created 4 years ago!

    Lastly, we had a great chat about possibly participating in WriteTheDocs event in Prague where we will work with other project ‘documentators’, learn from them and have a retreat for our team to create a new roadmap for the next 5 years.

    MARKETING

    Team lead: Bridget Willard (@gidgey on Slack)

    The Marketing team focuses on making WordPress marketable in all sorts of contexts, from the WordPress.orgWordPress.org 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. https://wordpress.org/ side all the way to core and the wider community. Learn more the about Marketing team.

    Our vision for the Marketing Team is to be the go-to resource for strategy and content for other WordPress teams.

    We were excited to have a well-attended group of people who were enthusiastic about marketing. Multiple people mentioned this was their first WordCamp and their first Contributor Day. They were so elated to be part of the community making WordPress. It was amazing to see so many people new to the community step up and become part of the new generation of Contributors.

    We worked on fresh copy for the German Community called CMS Garden, which is an open source advocacy group publication encouraging developers and users to explore WordPress as their CMS of choice to meet their business goals. We’re excited to help them improve copy and have begun work on a press kit.

    Another team has started work on a WordPress.tv project. They are interviewing people about their Gutenberg User Testing experiences. This marketing effort will help the Gutenberg project gain support throughout the entire WordPress community.

    We use 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. to project manage and are happy to have added ten new projects to our in-progress list including Contributor Day email copy, public policy guide for governments, and promoting the donation page for the WordPress Foundation.We’re so proud to have added over 20 new contributors to the Marketing Team and look forward to a brighter future together!

    META

    Team lead:

    The Meta team makes WordPress.org, provides support, and builds tools for use by all the contributor groups. Learn more the about Meta team.

    During Contributor Day at WCUS 2017, the Meta team had 12 people working on various things. Three new people were onboarded with an overview of the tools and how to provision the development environment, two Meta Trac tickets were closed out completely with patches committed, and several other tickets received attention and made good progress.

    MOBILE

    Team Lead: Cate (@cate on Slack)

    The mobile team builds the iOSiOS The operating system used on iPhones and iPads. and Android apps. Lend them your Java, Objective-C, or Swift skills. The team also needs designers, UX experts, and testers to give users a smooth experience on every device. Learn more about Mobile.

    The Mobile Team at Contributor Day has decided to focus on improving accessibility within the mobile experience of WordPress. They’re going through the app using voiceover (like someone who is blind would) and reporting bugs as they go along. They’re fixing already-known issues that are marked as “accessibility”, such as changing font size based on what the OS settings. Through usability testing and design improvements, they’re working hard to make sure WordPress isn’t only responsive, but responsive AND accessible.

    We were able to collaborate with the APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. team during Contributor Day to agree upon providing a short term solution for a simple authentication method. We onboarded two new contributors and had pull requests submitted during the day for review. A number of accessibility issues were addressed including improving adoption of Dynamic Text on iOS and resolving a TalkBack issue in Android.

    PLUGINS/PLUGIN REVIEW

    Team leads: Mika Epstein (@ipstenu on Slack) & Samuel Wood (@otto42 on Slack)

    The Plugins team focuses on everything revolving around plugins submitted to the WordPress.org plugin repository. Learn more about the Plugins team.

    The plugin team made serious headway on supporting visible pages for closed plugins, allowing users to now see if a plugin existed (and not wondering if it vanished). We also released our proposed updates to the plugin guidelines, which are open for review by anyone.

    POLYGLOTS

    Team lead: Remkus de Vries (@remkus on Slack)

    WordPress is used all over the world and in many different languages. If you’re a polyglot, help out by translating WordPress into your own language. You can also assist with creating the tools that make translations easier. Learn more about the Polyglots team.

    The polyglot team is responsible for translating WordPress into every language and locale. The team is organized into two groups: the translation team and the technical team. The technical team is in need of multilingual developers able to code at a core level.

    The polyglot team is currently working to translate all WordPress sites across all language with gender neutrality.

    SUPPORT

    Team lead: Marius Jensen (@clorith on Slack)

    Answering a question in the support forums or IRC is one of the easiest ways to start contributing. Everyone knows the answer to something! This blog is the place for discussion of issues around support. Learn more about the Support team.

    The Support Team at WordCamp US Contributor Day is focusing on onboarding new volunteers. Year round, the worldwide community of volunteers on the Support Team works hard to help WordPress.org users through support forums and IRC. During Contributor Day, the team developed improved processes to help new volunteers get involved in The Support Team. They even did a test orientation and onboarding session over Slack to evaluate their new processes, with great success! Thanks to this team, people new to WordPress or seeking more advanced help can find a friendly community online.

    For the support team at WCUS CD, we tested our new onboarding process via Slack to include those who couldn’t make it to the event and that we’d like to get feedback on for future online-only use. We also went through the more pressing pain points on the forums and looked at possible ideas for improving on them.

    THEME REVIEW

    Team lead: @thinkupthemes and @rabmalin

    The Theme Review Team reviews and approves every Theme submitted to the WordPress Theme repository. Reviewing Themes sharpens your own Theme development skills. You can help out and join the discussion on the blog. Learn more about the Theme Review team.

    A number of experienced theme review team members attended WordCamp US. New reviewers were introduced to the NS Theme Check plugin which is a tool that aids reviewing of themes by automating many of the checks. New reviewers were supported in the #themereview Slack channel by members of the team in addition to those in the room at WCUS. New reviewers made progress particularly with completing reviews for child themes.

    TRAINING

    Team leads: Beth Soderberg (@bethsoderberg on Slack), Julie Kuehl (@juliekuehl on Slack), and Melinda Helt (@melindahelt on Slack)

    The training team creates downloadable lesson plans and related materials for instructors to use in a live workshop environment. If you enjoy teaching people how to use and build stuff for WordPress, immediately stop what you’re doing and join our team! Learn more about Training.

    WCUS Accomplishments

    • Began to define new processes to make them more scalable
    • Set up GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner. https://github.com/ repository
    • Audited all the lesson plans in preparation for migration, including those missing images or in need of updating
    • Brainstormed new lesson plans due to changes in WordPress
    • Started a new handbook

    2018 Goals Defined

    • Create handbook based on new workflow
    • Move lesson plans into GitHub
    • Reorganizing our website
    • Fix the broken images
    • Update for 4.8/4.9/Gutenberg
    • Make workshop recommendations from existing plans
    • Accessibility workshop
    • Consider team roles

    WORDPRESS TV

    Team Lead: Cemal Tashan (@tashan on Slack)

    The TV team reviews and approves every video submitted to WordPress.tv. They also help WordCamps with video post-production and are responsible for the captioning and subtitling of published videos. Reviewing videos is a great way to learn about WordPress and help the community: experience is not required to get involved. Learn more about TV.

    Today, the TV team is captioning videos for WordPress.tv. Thanks to the library of content on WordPress.tv, WordCamp talks and meetup presentations from around world are not only documented but made available for everyone to enjoy. Captioning is a way to make these videos accessible and get them ready for caption translations. Thanks to the team behind WordPress.tv, we can all learn from the wealth of knowledge within the community.

    WP-CLIWP-CLI WP-CLI is the Command Line Interface for WordPress, used to do administrative and development tasks in a programmatic way. The project page is http://wp-cli.org/ https://make.wordpress.org/cli/

    WP-CLI is the official command line tool for interacting with and managing your WordPress sites. Learn more about CLI.

    Contributing – WP-CLI

    Team Leads: Daniel Bachhuber (@danielbachhuber on Slack) and Alain Schlesser (@schlessera on Slack)

    • The WP-CLI team could successfully onboard several new contributors, one of them very new even to WordPress itself. We had two successful pull requests and, while working on these, could identify a recent regression as well.
    • Finally, there were a lot of discussions about the state of the current onboarding experience for WP-CLI and how it could be further improved.

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