Tuesday Trainings: How do I contribute to WordPress? Part 3

Tuesday Trainings: Why no one gets paid for organizing WordPress events?

Posted by Dot Org Community on August 17, 2021 at 12:44 pm
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Did you know that the almost 800 WordPress Meetup groups and (in the pre-pandemic world) a few hundred WordCamps are all organised on a fully voluntary basis? That means organisers are committing to use their own time to make the events happen. That’s a huge amount of hours contributed to our WordPress Community and project every year! Quick math: organizing one meetup takes at least 30 minutes of preparation and the meetup itself usually lasts at least one hour. In 2019 there were over 6,000 meetup events across the world. The overly conservative estimation is that meetup organisers (who are community members just like you!) contributed at least 9,000 hours in total for making the meetups happen. To put it into context, 9,000 hours equals over a year. Why doesn’t WordPress Community pay for organizing the events? Clearly, that is a lot of hours of unpaid work. So why do community members choose to contribute to the project? Why doesn’t WordPress Community Support PBC pay any compensation for that time? One reason is that, while there aren’t financial benefits, there are other benefits to contributing that time. @andreamiddleton wrote an excellent post in 2019 on what organisers get for all…

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