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We had our first WordPress Contributor Day on August 23, 2015, with pizza and soft drinks provided by Pagely.
You don’t have to be on the core team to contribute to WordPress.There are all kinds of ways to help out: answering questions in the support forum, writing and editing documentation, making translations, helping with accessibility, and more.
Join us for a special extended session and give back to the WordPress community. We’ll show you how to do it and then get down to work. All you need is a WordPress.org (not .com) login and a laptop.
Links to Contributor Guides
What We Did
First, everyone set up their WordPress.org logins and then got themselves on the WordPress.org Slack channel. (You need your WordPress.org login to get invited.) The Slack channel is integrated with Trac, so you can keep up to date on the status of different Trac tickets for WordPress core.
Participants had a wide range of skill levels and several choices of ways to contribute. Two people chose to work on captioning WordPress.tv videos and discovered that it’s a little more complicated than it sounds. Sallie answered 16 questions in the support forum. Karla worked on submitting a patch. People also reviewed training lesson plans.
Responses from participants were really positive, as you can see from the comments on the Meetup.com event page. We’re definitely planning to make Contributor Day an annual event.
Anca managed to take a great panoramic photo showing us all at work: