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Josepha Haden lead a panel discussion at WordCamp Montclair earlier this summer with Michelle Frechette, Courtney Robertson, and Ebonie Butler on the topic of the all women and non-binary release squad in WordPress 5.6 (aka “Simone”) and their individual and shared experiences contributing to WordPress. One of my favorite parts was when Josepha stresses what should already be a certainty, but unfortunately one that still bears repeating (and amplifying); namely that contributions from anyone should always be welcome.
The clip below highlights that part of the panel discussion and shows off Josepha’s wonderfully quirky approach storytelling. Please watch and consider sharing in your networks so we can ensure this approach to welcoming all contributions spreads as widely as possible.
I didn’t quite realize how active our family and I was until we’re now on home isolation due to coronavirus. Between the sports the kids play after school, their gym class and recesses at school, playing with their friends after school, and general park and playground time they used to get a LOT of exercise. Similarly I used to get to the gym early in the morning and then plenty of other activity running the kids around town for their after school activities. Now, we get outside 1-2 times a day, weather permitting, for a long walk or a bike ride around a blacktop nearby. It’s just not the same.
On top of that, with no live sports on tv, we’re now realizing how much we all watched sports whether that was our kids games or college and professional games on tv. There are some great historical games being replayed, but for the most part unless you had zero idea of the outcome it doesn’t hold the same level of suspense.
So in order to bring some sports back to my daily life, I’ve decided to limit my wardrobe for the foreseeable future to the various sports jerseys that I’ve accumulated in my closet. Starting with a fantastic Orioles jersey featuring the long lost 2005 season Sammy Sosa had with the team. A big thanks to Dan Baldwin who gave me the jersey, though I think it was mostly as a gag.
Let’s see pictures of you all in your favorite sports gear in the comments or over on Twitter! #IMissSports
On a normal cold and rainy day, like it is here in Chicagoland today, I enjoy a good comfort meal to warm up both physically and mentally. It’s interesting what people view as a comfort meal as it usually relates to something they had as a child. With all the uncertainty in the world lately due to coronavirus, it makes a comfort meal all that more mentally comforting.
So today I introduced my kids to one of my favorite comfort meals. Grilled cheese with tomato soup, but the real important item that caps it off for me is a diced hard boiled egg in the soup.
So I’m curious, what are some of your favorite comfort meals? What are you enjoying lately that’s helping ease your mind from the concerns on coronavirus?
This morning Finley, Gavin, and I went to Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) and volunteered by packing bags and boxes of their Manna Rice product that is specifically designed to assist in reversing and preventing undernutrition worldwide.
Me: Do you regularly use WordPress? 📇
You: Yes, I love it, it’s fantastic! 😍
Me: Have you ever thought about helping contribute to WordPress? 💡
You: No, I am not a developer. 😥
Me: Well, good news, you do not have to be! 🎉
You: Ok, tell me more… 🤔
Whether you have considered it or not, I am absolutely certain that you CAN contribute to WordPress that I will personally offer to help you find a way to do so. I will outline some options below, but feel free to reach out to me directly and I promise to do the best I can to help!
But first, a little background on me… 🎞️
I graduated from college in 2001 with a degree in Computer Science, but have not spent any significant time coding since then. I have held roles in project management, product management, and team and customer management. The way I tell it, no one would realistically hire me these days for fine-crafted engineering. And yet, there has been a fantastic opportunity for me to help contribute to WordPress starting as a deputy release lead on WordPress 4.7. While this was a significant time commitment for me, there are many ways you can contribute with minimal time commitment.
Now let us focus on how you could contribute… 🕵️♂️
I am going to give you some options to describe yourself and then help show how different types of people within the WordPress community can contribute. It is like a choose-your-own-adventure!
Are you a project or product manager? 🗓️
Wonderful! There are WordPress component maintainers (in most cases, developers) that would love help running their regular meetings, taking actionable notes and publishing them, and tracking work against a roadmap. Read through the different components and reach out to the maintainers on Slack for whichever component is of most interest to you, they’ll be able to tell you how best you could help them. Come help ensure WordPress continues to deliver regular updates to the community!
Do you enjoy testing software and trying to find deficiencies? 🐛
Fantastic! There are many defect and enhancement tickets that have untested code available that would benefit from being tested appropriately. There are also many platforms that WordPress supports that would benefit from specific, detailed testing and issue logging. Take a look at how you could contribute with testing and then dive in whether it’s with automated testing, beta testing, user testing, or one of many other ways to help with testing. The best team to join is the Test team, so read through their handbook, and follow along via the #core-test channel in Slack. And remember, even something as simple as a well-defined bug report is a beautiful thing!
Do you speak a language other than English? 💬
Magnifique! There are many parts of WordPress that have not yet been fully translated into the 192 locales (and growing!) that are supported. Start by reading through the “get involved” portion of the Polyglots’ handbook, then read through how the translation process works with Glotpress, and then start translating. The Polyglots team welcomes you with open arms!
Do you enjoy organizing events? 🎪
Awesome! The Community team oversees official events (WordCamps), mentorship programs, diversity initiatives, contributor outreach, and other ways of growing the community. These ALL need help coordinating and would love to have your help! Take a look through the various handbooks for the team, read through the active projects to see which interests you most, and then follow along in the #community-team channel in Slack.
Are you a designer? 🎨
Marvelous! There is a constant need for usability testing, wireframing, prototyping, and visual designing to ensure that the user experience of reading and writing on WordPress is as seamless and graceful as possible. 34.7% (and growing!) of websites on the web need you! If you find interest here, then read through the Design handbook and follow along in the #design channel in Slack.
Are you a developer? 🏗️
Super! There are defects and enhancements both large and small that await your attention. Start off by reading through the Core handbook on how to “contribute with code” and “fixing bugs”, find a “good first bug” ticket to work on, ensure you’re following the WordPress Coding Standards, and then get to work writing a patch. If WordPress is going to continually deliver updates to the community and march down the roadmap that is constantly evolving, then we need your help to engineer that future!
Are you interested in mobile application development? 📱
Do you believe in making sure everyone is able to access the web? 🖥️
Do you enjoy helping others learn how to use WordPress? 📕
Excellent! Then check out the Support team, read their handbook, re-read the “giving good support” section as you will be the face to WordPress users in need, and then follow along in the #forums channel in Slack.
Do you love having beautiful, functional themes in the theme directory? 🌅
Outstanding! Then check out the Theme Review team, read how you can get started with theme reviews, request a theme to review and run through the review tests, and then follow along in the #themereview channel in Slack.
Do you love having secure, functional plugins in the plugin directory? 🔒
Do you enjoy ensuring documentation is updated and accurate? 🔎
Incredible! Then check out the Documentation team, read through their Gutenberg HelpHub documentation, Codex to DevHub migration, and API documentation projects to see which interests you most, and then follow along in the #docs channel in Slack.
Do you enjoy teaching others how to use WordPress? 📝
Phenomenal! Then check out the Training team, read through their handbook and then the “getting started” guide, consider whether you want to help with writing, copyediting, testing, auditing, connecting or reviewing, and then follow along in the #training channel in Slack.
Do you just want to build WordPress sites? 🇼🇵
Groovy! Then check out the Meta team, read through their handbook, review their list of current and upcoming projects to see which most interest you, and then follow along in the #meta channel in Slack.
Do you enjoy video post-production? 🎥
Sensational! Then check out the WordPress.tv team, read through their handbook, decide if you’re most interested in helping with video editing or managing subtitles or captions, and then following along in the #wptv channel in Slack.
Are you none of those things I have mentioned above? 🎯
Perfect! You are unique just like all of us in the WordPress community. Please reach out to me via the Comments section or my contact information below. We will work together to find a way for you to help advance the WordPress community!
WordPress Slack: @jeffpaul
I love seeing people contributing to open source, with particular joy when that’s to WordPress. Sometimes though, it’s hard to know where to start contributing. I’ve written previously on high-level areas you can go to get started on contributing to WordPress, but Abdullah Ramzan published an introduction on how to contribute via reporting bugs, patching bugs, and testing bug patches. It’s worth a read if you’re technical and looking for examples on how to get started:
I’m re-posting something I shared in XWP‘s internal Slack a couple weeks ago with some minor edits. It’s a good recap of how I felt in deciding to walk away from work and dear friends at the end of 2018.
As I unplug from XWP, I’m reminded of the many amazing people I’ve met and worked with over the last almost three years. The best way I can explain how I feel is via a Dave Matthews Band video:
If you keep your eye on Carter Beauford (the drummer), you’ll see him watching and enjoying how others in the band are improvising all while still jamming to the song together. He’s also keeping the rhythm going as others diverge from the “normal” arc of the song and not missing a beat in the process (pun intended for you punsters out there). You can start to see a lot of this happening around and after the 3m20s mark as Carter plays under the horn section while the trumpet and sax play what comes to them.
This is exactly how I’ve felt working at XWP; namely that I’ve had the fortune to watch amazing people showcase their individual talents all while I merely “kept the beat going” alongside and underneath everyone else’s work. I have had the privilege to be the face to our clients for this amazing work and I wish you all the very best in the future. Please do stay in touch!
I understand the people who feel that Gutenberg does not serve the best interests of the WordPress community, but my concern is that I rarely hear a “I think we should be working on *OTHER REALLY BIG THING* instead”. If you are going to critique the WordPress core development roadmap, then please offer alternatives.
Disclaimer: I disagree that Gutenberg only serves Automattic or other large hosting players in the WordPress ecosystem. As it evolves, I feel that it will enable easier site and content editing compared to the current set of WordPress capabilities and that very much serves a large swath of current (and hopefully future) WordPress consumers.
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