After all the fuss I stirred up with the release of WordCamp San Francisco sponsorship packages a week ago, I felt compelled to take a minute to commend the WordPress leadership on today’s release of a Community Summit set for later this year, 2012.
Of the entire post my biggest take away was this:
Core code isn’t the only way to contribute to the WordPress project. We have an active theme review team, support forum volunteers, people writing documentation, plugin managers, community event organizers, translators, and more. The teams have been siloed for too long, so we’ve recently begun the process of bringing them together by having teams elect representatives to facilitate more communication between the contributor groups.
This actually makes me reflect on WordPress isn’t a community. The biggest mistake I think I made in my last post is placing too much emphasis on WordCamp organizers, when in reality, and the real value added, is in a concept of a Community Summit in which all communities are brought together.
We help Jane and company make this a successful event.
If you are a pessimist, skeptic, or nay-sayer I beg you to take a minute to put that aside and engage. If you have strong feelings one way or another submit yourself or submit someone that you think will clearly express your concerns. I take this is a clear,”Hey, you wanted it, here it is, now engage” from the WordPress.org leadership and I personally welcome it.
The polls will only be open for a week, so starting submitting.
It will be invite-only, I can already hear the sighs and see the eyes-rolling. Get over it. If you have ever put on an event then you realize how hard it will be keeping an event like this small, and like they say, the remedy for success is to keep the size manageable such that it can be a productive session. Being part of numerous teams; development, management and organizing I can attest to that.
You can nominate by going here: http://wordpressdotorg.polldaddy.com/s/2012-community-summit-nominations
If you do what I do, scan posts, then you might have missed one very important sentence. It’s tucked into the last paragraph but carries with it significant value. For people like me, not a designer or developer, I often sit back and wonder how I can contribute, this specifically talks to that:
If you’re thinking to yourself that maybe now’s the perfect time to start contributing time to the WordPress project, good thinking!