I can handle code but I cannot consider myself a developer so I joined this Contributor Day in Sofia with a big question mark: what would I be doing?
I guess it’s a common question because it was very clear from the very first moment that many activities were tailored to entry level and first timer contributors. As soon as I realised it all was less intimidating than expected I had to decide where I wanted to focus my enthusiasm.
There were different work groups, each dedicated to the many aspects of WordPress:
- Core: providing bug reports, ticket reviews and patches
- Themes: reviewing themes submitted by the community
- Translations and Documentation: providing localised docs and support
- Marketing: creating an open source marketing presentation
- GlotPress: working on the future of the project
I was not sure where to put my effort. I feel strong on marketing and presentations but at the end I opted for core. How better occasion to approach one of the scariest topics being helped by Andrew Nacin, Mike Schroder and other experienced contributors?
In a matter of few hours I was able to understand better how contributing to WordPress works, I set up my local environment, cloned the GIT repo, explored the various branches, learned how to prepare a patch. I also explored Trac and replicated a couple of reported bugs.
It was such an inspiring experience and it certainly will take me further into exploring more about WordPress and to contributing more actively.