Dave Loodts started an interesting discussion on paid freelance contributors to WordPress, partly in response to the rise in contributors who are employees of WordPress companies. Dave contends that freelance volunteers bring an “honest and neutral” voice to WordPress, and their participation can help restore a “sense of ‘power to the community.'” To that end, Dave proposes a “Wapuu Contributor Program” that will allow companies to compensate a core contributor they do not employ.
LoopConf 2, hosted in Salt Lake City, was a great WordPress developer-focused event. Post Status was there, taking pictures and video. Here’s our review.
Lesley Sim thinks special badges on WordPress.org could incentivize core contribution if they earned developers a boost in plugin rankings.
Matt Mullenweg dropped in on the conversation surrounding the theme review debate last night, and dropped hammer. To try and summarize, he basically opened the door for all sorts of potential changes for both the theme review process and the WordPress.org theme directory / website. Some of the specifics, slightly adjusted for clarity and grammar:…
Lots of WordPress core, Gutenberg, and WordCamp news this week. Are off-forum .org support requests OK? Matt: Tumblr will be open sourced. What’s the WP Way?
Matt explores the various ways to include various custom post types in themes and asks what’s considered the best practice and why. Great opportunity for discussion in the comments.
I had the privilege to attend and be the media partner at A Day of REST, the world’s first conference devoted to the WordPress REST API. Here’s my initial review, and some pictures, from the event.