Make WordPress Events blog gives WordCamp organizers a place to collaborate

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In addition to the WordPress development blog becoming Make WordPress Core this week, WordCamp and meetup organizers have a new blog to collaborate on at Make WordPress Events. Jane Wells announced the new blog over at WordPress.org, where she said she’s excited to see organizers get more recognition as important members of the community. She said:

I’m especially excited about the creation of this group because until now the role of community organizer, while one of the most important, has not gotten the same recognition as higher-profile contribution methods such as forum support or core code contribution. That is something I hope this group will change, and the local organizers can be recognized for the community leaders they are.

In the blog’s (pretty much obligatory) “Hello world!” post, Wells said she envisions the group to not only be a blog for sharing and discussion, but where mentorship can grow, regular IRC discussions can happen, and tasks like reviewing and processing WordCamp videos could become a shared responsibility. There are even talks of a regular IRC chat. The blog is already filling up with ideas from current and past organizers — jump right in if you’re one of them!

The new Make WordPress Events site follows suit with the other P2-driven contributor blogs: UI, Themes, Plugins, Polyglots, Accessibility, and Core.

As a meetup organizer I can say I’m looking forward to having a place to reach out to others and discuss what works and what doesn’t. If you’ve dabbled in WordPress event organization before, what do you think?

The WPCandy WordCamp Columbus Liveblog

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It’s been far too long since the last WPCandy Liveblog. Are you excited? I’m excited.

This weekend I’ll be spending the weekend in Columbus, Ohio, speaking about WordPress and spending time with other members of the community at WordCamp Columbus. Thing is, it’s just not possible for everyone who wants to be in Columbus to be in Columbus. That’s what this liveblog is for.

I’ll be sharing the events of the weekend here — photos, tweets, whatever — and hopefully it will end up as a helpful byproduct of the event. If you’re going to Columbus yourself and would like to partake of the liveblogging fun, just say so in the comments or on Twitter.

Liveblog begins just after the jump.

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WordPress 3.5 (tentative) scope coming together, release due December 5

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WordPress 3.5, the next version of our beloved content management system, has a release date set: December 5th, 2012. For those keeping score at home, that’s just a scant five months away. Release leader Andrew Nacin announced the date during Wednesday’s developer chat, where a rough scope for 3.5 was also laid out.

Keep in mind that the list below is only tentative, and the final scope hasn’t quite yet come together. But, I can say the following things were discussed by contributors during the Wednesday chat:

  • New default theme Twenty Twelve (more on that soon)
  • User interface and experience tweaks, mostly matching up the discussions going on over at Make.WordPress.org/UI lately
  • Updates to the customizer including header/background image handling and menus
  • Removal of the link manager
  • Gallery management and revamped upload/insert workflows

Anyone excited yet? I am.

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Core team updates: Nacin to Lead Developer, Koopersmith and Cave commit access

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WordPress Lead Developer Mark Jaquith announced a few new core team promotions on the WordPress development blog this week.[ref]Which has recently moved from wpdevel.wordpress.com to make.wordpress.org/core, by the way.[/ref] The announcement came on Tuesday, just a day before planning for WordPress 3.5 began.

Andrew Nacin has been a prolific WordPress contributor with commit access to the project for some time. As of this week, though, he has also been promoted to Lead Developer of the project. Nacin joins the small group of project leaders that includes Ryan Boren, Mark Jaquith, Matt Mullenweg, Andrew Ozz, and Peter Westwood.

In addition Nacin will act as the release leader for the 3.5 development cycle. This is new for the WordPress project, and as Jaquith described in his post these leaders will “crack the whip when people aren’t delivering on things they promised.” If it works out we can expect a release leader for each major point release in the future.

Nacin wasn’t the only one to see a promotion this week. Daryl Koopersmith — who has worked on features such as the theme customizer, distraction-free writing, and the linking dialog — has been promoted from “temporary commit access” to having “commit access.” Jon Cave’s commit access is extended for the duration of this release cycle as well.

Perhaps, as Pete Mall suggested during the chat on Wednseday, is it possible Nacin’s promotion and leadership for the 3.5 cycle might prompt a few more #thanknacin tweets in place of the standard #blamenacin ones? I can get behind that idea.

Photo by John O’Nolan.

Ryan Duff raises money to to attend WordCamp SF in less than 24 hours

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Yesterday Ryan Duff put up an Indiegogo campaign attempting to raise money so that he could attend WordCamp San Francisco. He sustained a back injury not long ago which put him behind his bills, so he took to the community. In just under 24 hours he has raised more than enough to cover his travel costs — $1,620 at the time of this writing. And there are still fifteen days left in the Indiegogo campain.

I can’t help but be reminded of Mika Epstein’s similar campaign or the Kickstarter campaign for the Jitterbug that Jane Wells ran. There’s some serious fundraising power within the WordPress community.

What do you think of Duff’s campaign success? Do you think we’ll see more campaigns like this one as long as they continue to be successful?

More tickets for WordCamp San Francisco due tomorrow at 10am PST

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Speaking of WordCamp San Francisco, a new set of tickets is due out for the conference tomorrow morning. Rather than all of the tickets being available at one time, the San Francisco organizers released batches of tickets over the course of the last few weeks. Live stream tickets are still available in large numbers — it’s the in-the-flesh attendee tickets that some are still clamoring for.

The official schedule and list of speakers hasn’t yet been finalized, but at the very least it’s safe  to expect another keynote from Matt Mullenweg and a number of influential members of the WordPress community in attendance.

The last couple batches of tickets have sold out in only a couple of hours, so set your alarms for 10am PST tomorrow morning so you don’t miss out. If you’re already planning on attending WordCamp San Francisco this year, sound off in the comments.

Aftertaste #26: After WP Late Night 16 (with Scott Kingsley Clark and Brian Richards)

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True to form, last night’s episode of Aftertaste surpassed WP Late Night in length, class guests, and entertainment-per-minute. Your WP Late Night experience really isn’t complete without the Aftertaste, right?

Last night we were joined by special (and unplanned) guests Scott Kingsley Clark of Pods Framework fame, and Brian Richards who is working to organize WordCamp Grand Rapids at the moment.

Have a listen:

WP Late Night #16 “Thingamatini”

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Brad Williams, Dre Armeda and I rocked out another episode of WP Late Night this week: episode #16 forever dubbed Thingamatini. And you’ll just have to listen to find out why we called it that.

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WP Late Night #15: “Pixels don’t matter”

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Brad Williams was out this week since he’s getting married and enjoying a bit of a vacation (congrats you two!). Tony Perez was kind enough to join Dre and I for this week’s episode of WP Late Night, and we had a great time.

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The WP Late Night crew is also looking for folks interested in partnering with the show. If you’re interested in sponsoring WP Late Night, email .

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