WordPress Executive Director Says 5% in Five for the Future Program Is Aspirational and Not Required

WordPress Executive Director Says 5% in Five for the Future Program Is Aspirational and Not Required

Posted by WP Tavern on July 11, 2022 at 8:16 pm
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In the latest episode of the WP Briefing, titled “Five for the Future’s True Intentions,” WordPress Executive Director Josepha Haden Chomphosy responded to recent public criticism the program has attracted. She referenced a conversation she began in May where she sought to make a clear distinction between ecosystem contributions and core project contributions. More recently, MasterWP editor Rob Howard characterized the program as “toxic scorekeeping” following Matt Mullenweg identifying GoDaddy as a “parasitic company” and an “existential threat to WordPress’ future.” “The 5% in Five for the Future is aspirational,” Haden Chomphosy said. “Contribution to open source is a question and indication of privilege. So the 5% is not a requirement, but rather it’s an aim. It could refer to 5% of your time or 5% of your resources, or just any amount of your time or resources around. Regardless of how you’re defining it, it is an aspiration, not a requirement.” Haden Chomphosy also said that pledges indicate contributors’ intentions but any amount they are able to offer is always welcome. “No one is out there checking for 100% completion of the hours that you intended to give back to WordPress versus the hours that you actually succeeded at…

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