There is no summarizing this post, because we have a lot to discuss. Sorry for making it so long, but please take the time to read it and comment. Your feedback is important. Thanks! :)
Once a long time ago (November 29th, 2012 to be exact) there was no ModSquad, and the job of posting videos on wordpress.tv fell upon the shoulders of one very overworked person: @andreamiddleton. Clearly that wasn’t ideal so our merry band of moderators was born, with the mission of putting the power to publish videos in the hands of the community!
Once under way, we quickly realized that we needed a way to communicate as mods, so this P2 was established. The plan always was to move to make.wordpress.org, where the other community groups had their P2s, but for one reason or another that did not happen, and here we are more than a year later. Now I am happy to say, it is time to move to our new home at http://make.wordpress.org/community where we belong! :)
If you look now, you can see that all the posts from this P2 have already been moved here: http://make.wordpress.org/community/category/wordpress-tv/
This will our new home, and where we will communicate from now on. I can’t tell you how awesome this is, because even though we are a part of the larger WordPress.org community, our P2 has been hidden from view, and no one really knows about us. Now that we are moving, everyone will see us know about the awesome work we do.
What is changing?
Soon all traffic from this site will be redirected to our new home, so this is the last post we’ll be making here. But before that happens, I wanted to discuss with you one of the changes that this move will bring about: Communication
Unlike this remote and forgotten P2, where everyone is an author and has the ability to post. The Make:WordPress community is a much bigger site though (comprised of many smaller project teams) so it would quickly get out of hand if we all were able to post. Basically, we would be clogging up everyone else’s stream with our chatter. If we were a very small group, giving everyone the access to post would not be so problematic, but as we grow (and we are definitely doing that) it would quickly become unmanageable.
However, communication on this team is very important, so I wanted to start a quick discussion here about how we can work around this change in how we do things before our move is complete. Here are a few options:
- Creating posts just for comments: Because everyone has the ability to comment on existing posts on make:community (for now only @RoseAppleMedia and myself have the power to create new posts) we could start a weekly “issues” post, where anyone can leave a comment regarding what they are working on, or any questions they have. Simple to implement, and allows us to communicate easily as we do now, we just wouldn’t be creating a new posts for every issue or question we have.
- Create a Trac instance just for wordpress.tv: Since most of the things we discuss on the P2 currently are around issues with the videos we moderate, instead of using a blog to report that (not an ideal situation) we could use a “bug tracker” system similar to what the core developers use to work on the WordPress.org source code. This is a little more complicated to set up, but we’d be able to create a new ticket any time there is an issue with a video, or something that needs discussion within the group to sort out.
- Regular “office hours” in IRC: We have just started this again (today in fact) but I think it is an important way to keep the lines of communication open, and in some ways, just pinging someone in IRC is much easier and more appropriate as a way to resolve issues and get feedback. This would not be the same as team meetings (where we usually have some agenda to discuss) but instead a time and place where you can go to get any questions you have answered by a senior mod, or get a second opinion on a video issue if needed.
This is not an either/or choice; we could choose to implement any of these in combination, or perhaps you have an idea I have not thought of. So now I turn the microphone over to you. What do you think is the best way for us to communicate now that we have a awesome new home?