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Community Roundup Week Ending August 4

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Michelle Frechette
The Week in ReviewWordPress Community
WCUS Releases Schedule & Speaker Lineup I'm very excited about the inclusive speaker slate for WordCamp US 2023. The roster includes incredibly qualified speakers who will present on an amazing and varied topic list. See the speaker page here. See…
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Community Roundup Week Ending July 28

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Michelle Frechette
The Week in ReviewWordPress Community
Post Status Reveals New Community Code of Conduct If "good fences make good neighbors" (Robert Frost), then a good code of conduct makes a good community. Knowing the boundaries allows a community to thrive. Drawing heavily from the WordPress/WordCamp Code…

Community Roundup Week Ending July 21

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Michelle Frechette
The Week in ReviewWordPress Community
WCUS is One Month Away! WordCamp US is coming quickly. Will you be there? The mad dash of procuring tickets, sharing tickets, and buying tickets from one another is in full swing. In our WCUS-2023 Slack Channel, there's a bit…

Community Roundup Week Ending July 14

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Michelle Frechette
The Week in ReviewWordPress Community
Accessibility This week I wrote about the SLAPP lawsuit that Audio Eye filed against accessibility expert, and WordPress community member, Adrian Roselli. The conversation over in the Post Status #club channel was enthusiastically supportive of Adrian and his messages about…

Community Roundup Week Ending July 7

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Michelle Frechette
The Week in ReviewWordPress Community
WordCamp Dhaka Canceled It doesn't happen often (I think the last time was due to COVID in 2020), but recently the decision was made to cancel WordCamp Dhaka. When companies attempt to exert influence on the planning process, the Community…

What is the WordPress community capable of? A lot of good. And a few bad apples.

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Michelle Frechette
PlanetThe Week in Review
The Good: This week a team of people from around the world released WordPress 6.1, Misha. The number of people who contributed to this release is HUGE. Folks, WordPress takes more than a village, it takes a small city to…

Fall of the Zamir: A Hate Symbol Enters and Exits WordPress.org

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David Bisset
PlanetSecurity
How did a hate symbol get into WordPress.org's plugin repository? What can we learn from the community response? Will more transparent governance help us navigate the age of weaponized open source? Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, the letter…

Podcast Picks 🎙️ Here are my…

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Dan Knauss
BusinessHosting
Podcast Picks 🎙️ Here are my podcast picks: Open Sourcery: Jonathan Bossenger had a discussion with Mika Epstein about the horrific experience she had when a member of the open-source community harassed her. This leads to a good talk about…

Footnotes #456

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Dan Knauss
BusinessDesign
Issue #456 “One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals.” — Jean Vanier, Community And Growth Howdy! Thinking about WordPress history lately in terms…

Mika Epstein has a sober but…

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Dan Knauss

Mika Epstein has a sober but important post on being burned out from harassment in the WordPress space. Mika's work on the Plugins team has been especially trying thanks to one plugin author who — despite warnings and a ban…

🚫 Mika Epstein reminds WordPress plugin…

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Dan Knauss

🚫 Mika Epstein reminds WordPress plugin developers they must not interfere with or change the defaults of WordPress's update settings: "You may offer a feature to auto-update, but it has to honor the core settings. This means if someone has…

Mika Epstein explains why the plugin…

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Dan Knauss

Mika Epstein explains why the plugin emails sent to developers (who have plugins in the WordPress.org repo) are anonymous. The bottom line: plugin reviewers were finding themselves targeted in rather terrifying ways, including death threats and credible threats against their…

Mika Epstein has published a proposal…

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Dan Knauss

Mika Epstein has published a proposal to modify the WordPress plugin guidelines. 🔌 Mika's plan covers several areas but focuses on advertising and the clutter of the WordPress dashboard: Our understanding is that a cluttered and unmanageable Dashboard upsets users,…

Marco Almeida writes about his experience…

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Dan Knauss

Marco Almeida writes about his experience with one WordPress plugin reviewer and the rejection of one of his plugins. 🤼 He followed up on that post a short time ago: I had a very civil and friendly chat with Mika…

Mika Epstein tackles the common concerns many…

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Brian Krogsgard

Mika Epstein tackles the common concerns many people have about Gutenberg as its debut in Wordpress 5.0 approaches. Most themes and plugins don't interface with the post editor or custom meta boxes, so they will be fine. For those that do involve the editor…

Mika Epstein shows how you can…

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Dan Knauss

Mika Epstein shows how you can create your own custom oEmbed in WordPress.
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