Core Team Meetup Results

To get started, here’s a short video from the meetup discussing some of the topics and 2.9. In the opening pan, you’ll see (L-R) Andrew Ozz, Mark Jaquith, Jane Wells, Peter Westwood, and Ryan Boren, followed by Matt Mullenweg as the first person talking. Tip: go full-screen in HD to feel like you were there.

Last week, I posted about the fact that Trac would be quiet for a few days while the core commit team met in person for the first time to talk about some goals for WordPress in the coming year. That prediction wound up being a little inaccurate, as having everyone together inspired a Trac sprint to get us closer to shipping 2.9. As of this morning there are only 11 tickets left against the 2.9 milestone. Yay! I’m sensing a Release Candidate in the near future.

I’d planned to write a summary post to encapsulate the discussions we had over our 3 day meetup, but to be honest, all-day (and night) every-day meetings creates a ton of things to summarize, and the post would be a novella. So instead of one long post, I’m going to split it up into a series and post a summary of the discussion on one or two topics per day until I’ve posted them all. Think of it like a WordPress advent calendar. For today’s post, enjoy the video above and I’ll list the topics we covered to give you an idea of what will be included in the upcoming summary posts.

Topics: Direction for the coming year(s), canonical plugins, social i18n for plugins, plugin salvage (like UDRP for abandoned plugins), WordPress/MU merge, default themes, CMS functionality (custom taxonomies, types, statuses, queries), cross-content taxonomy, media functions and UI, community “levels” based on activity, defining scope of releases, site menu management, communications within the community, lessons learned from past releases, mentorship programs, Trac issues, redesign, documentation, community code of conduct.

You can see why I didn’t want to try to cram it all into one post, right? 🙂

Just to make sure it’s clear in everyone’s minds, I want to reiterate that these discussions were just that: discussions. They were not secret meetings ending in hard and fast decisions. The idea was to 1) get the core commit team on the same page in order to improve workflow efficiency and communication, and 2) come out of the meetup with a long list of things we know we want to work on in the coming year, and from there to work with the broader community to determine priorities/strategies before starting the work of getting it all done. As I finish off 2009 by posting summaries of the meetup conversations, I hope you’ll all plan to start 2010 with enthusiastic participation in one or more of the projects that will take these conservations from concept to reality.

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