Presentation: Welcome to the Family (WordCamp Toronto 2012)

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Welcome to the Family

Becoming an healthy, active member of the WordPress community

WordCamp Orlando (photo from WordCamp Central)

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Mohammad (Mo) Jangda

  • Code Wrangler with Automattic (WordPress.com VIP)
  • batmoo@gmail.com
  • WordPress.org: batmoo
  • Twitter: @mjangda

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http://build.codepoet.com

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If you use WordPress, you’re part of a family.

A very, very big one.

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56,000,000 sites

17% of the web

Millions of users

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Of the three most important people in WordPress,
the most important one is…

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YOU!

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The very fabric of the WordPress community relies on community participation

Families only function if everyone pitches in. Otherwise…

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WordPress is FreeAsInSpeech (not FreeAsInBeer)

The Great Uncle Ben once said, “With great power…”

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DON’T DO THIS

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Lots of ways to be a healthy, active member of the community.

Doesn’t matter if you’re a developer, blogger, business, superhero, designer, site owner, photographer, enterprise, artist, freelancer, writer, …

The most important thing is that you do something.
And you do it with the interests of the community in mind.
And don’t do stupid things like cause infighting.
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How to give back?

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Use WordPress

Even though it’s not the NBT (“Next Big Thing”).

Not just core, but everything else (plugins, themes, tools, APIs etc.)

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Give feedback, criticism, or even just a “thanks”.

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Donate

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Share WordPress

Help the family grow. Tell everyone about it.

friends, family, strangers, everyone!

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I got SWAG

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Share Yourself

Docs: Codex or Tutorials

Help someone

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Forums
http://wordpress.org/support/

StackExchange
http://wordpress.stackexchange.com/

Twitter
http://twitter

(Meetup Group, WordCamps, conferences, library, etc.)
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Share your code

Do the Open Source thing

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Help Break WordPress

Beta test (3.5 Beta 1), Report bugs

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Help Make WordPress

make.wordpress.org

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Developer?

Patches, plugins, themes, tools, unit tests, etc.

Designer?

Patches, themes, UI designs, UX testing, etc.

Multilingual?

Translations

Someone else?

Test patches, copy editing, help text, etc.
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http://make.wordpress.org/core/handbook/

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Why?

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For the feel-good feeling

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To Learn

Example: free code review

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Karma

Not just in the spiritual sense

Social, Financial Karma

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Most importantly…

it’s necessary for the the continuity of the WordPress Project

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YOU!

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You can’t spell WurdPress without a U.

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Thanks.

batmoo@gmail.com | @mjangda

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