|Contributor Day attendee||Very disciplined self-learner|
|Processes explained at the core table or through a workshop||Processes explained in core handbook or wordpress.tv videos|
|Questions answered in person||Questions answered in new contributors meeting (every Wednesday on Slack)|
|Good tickets to be worked on are provided, possibly both major and minor||Good tickets to be worked on can be found through the
→ If possible, attend a contributor day!
¯\_(ツ)_/¯, but: Be persistent when you don't receive an answer after a while!Hilarious Short Film: You can't just open a pull request and run
And as a side note: It's usually not a good idea to focus on a very old ticket early on.
As you become more experienced, accomodate new contributors so that the need for them to deal with all these issues remains as little as possible.
Plugin Developer / Core Committer / Freelancer
Contributing to core sharpens my skills in a lot of ways that people often don’t think about as developers: defensive programming, history and research, and communication in particular.- Helen Hou-Sandí
Contributing to core has introduced me to some of the most amazing people on the planet. It was like I showed up to fix a software bug and was bitten back by the community bug.- Joe McGill
Contributing to WordPress has really been what catapulted my design career. I was able to gain experience working on new design challenges in an open and collaborative environment.- Mel Choyce
WordPress helped me get to where I am today. Now I want to give something back to help people do the same.- Pascal Birchler
Contributing sounds scary. Don’t be afraid you are good not enough. We are all insecure people with same passion and motivation to make WordPress the best it can be.- Rian Rietveld
I give back to WordPress in hopes that I’m able to impact others with the same generosity and opportunities the project has shared with me in our effort to democratize the web.- Steven Word
It's rewarding to work on a project that powers over a quarter of the web. Knowing that a new feature or enhancement is going to have an impact on millions of people is a great motivator to contribute to WordPress.- Weston Ruter