- London Street Signs – italian magazine FrizziFrizzi shows us a book on the extremely rich variety of street signs in London;
- New York isn’t dying. The rich are moving out and the city is being reborn — I can’t remember if I’ve linked an article or two claiming a ‘slow death’ of New York (and other big cities) after this year’s pandemic. Anyway in this article on the Guardian you’ll find a totally different opinion on the matter;
- Dozens of scientific journals have vanished from the internet, and no one preserved them
- The State of Themes and Plugins on WordPress.org in 2020
- Shelf worth – how shelving became the status symbol of 2020 — Libraries have arose as a status symbol during the infinite video-calls and video meeting this year. Did you notice?
- What to write down when you’re reading to learn;
- Why beginners should teach — Beginners teaching will create more compassion, combat imposter syndrome, and diversify industry voices.
- How to talk to conspiracy theorists—and still be kind
- Major jQuery Changes on the Way for WordPress 5.5 and Beyond
- What’s New in WordPress 5.5 — A Deep Dive Into an (Epic) Release — by Kinsta a super detailed post on all the news of the latest release of WordPress;
Today it’s beginning the third day of the “Phase 2” of Italy’s fight against COVID-19 and its impact on our society. We are benefiting from a grace period with less infected, fewer new hospitalizations and more healed. But all of those is coming from 15 days ago social behaviour…
We’ll know if we’re doing well in the next two weeks, when we will see the fruit of the exploded social inteaction. Spring is coming, and going out it’s irresistable.
What scares me is the relaxation of the few essential habits in this fight against COVID-19. Extreme attention touching things, and immediately after our face / eyes. Surgical masks worn over by usage – they are finally coming, but people over used them in the last weeks – and bad maintenance, surgical masks put on our forehead, on our chin, leaving the nose outside… And also some people not paying attention to keep the 1mt / 1,5mt distance between other people.
This scares like hell me and others, who lives the grocery’s walk like running under the bombs.
Let’s hope for the better… now let’s go back to work and to the search of a babysitter!
In a couple of months in Bari will take the second edition of ‘our’ WordCamp. The other day, as organizers, we begun spreading our Call for Speakers … and today I’m here to convince you to come and participate!
What we’d like to learn / listen / discuss
Any kind of talk is welcome. As you may have seen on WordPress.tv or participating to a WordPress meetup in your city the overall mood is friendly and informal. But if you’re new to our kind of events there’s no problem, here’s a list to inspire your proposal:
- Web Development (event not related to our preferred CMS)
- any topic regarding Software Free/Libre Open Source
- any topic regarding the legal aspects of running a website (GDPR, Selling and Privacy Laws, Taxes)
- WordPress Community
- WordPress themes and plugins development
- WordPress and its future
- Best Practices
There are two kind of talks
Really, we have two main formats for the talks::
- Regular – 30 minutes, of which about 20 for the talk itself and 10 for Q&A
- Extended – 45 minutes, of which about 30 for the talk itself and 15 for Q&A
Once the Call comes to its deadline, we gather and anonymize all the talks proposed – hey, did I tell you can submit more than one talk ? – and the organizers will have a list of titles and abstracts to vote. The talks with most preferences are officially invited to our Speakers’ roaster … Organizers will not know who will talk about ‘topic A’ until the voting are over, so to avoind any kind of favoritism.
Of course we will also try the widest range of proposals, so we will not have 10 talks about plugin development since we’re gonna try to have a thing for anyone coming.
So be creative and entertainign while proposing your talk. Sympathy is a good arrow to your bow.
We are anxious to read it
It’s with immense pleasure that we can finally announce to the world the forthcoming of the second edition of the WordCamp Bari.
We’ve launched the new website, with a refreshed graphic made by Antonio Trifirò and our “social media & marketing” team has begun the promotion on the various channels. Very shortly we’ll launch also the Call for Speakers and the Call for Sponsors. Are you coming to say hello next May 17 and 18 ???
Contributing to the WordPress Project is a rewarding way to give back to the Community.
This Slide Deck (PDF) was created so that any Meetup can easily present ways to participate in Make WordPress.
Thanks to the Make WordPress team for sharing those slides! I’m gonna translate it in Italian ASAP.
On the Make WordPress.org website yesterday was posted the article Proposal to Increase the Maximum Ticket Price for WordCamps ☞ . There it was asked to the Community – you and me, in fact – what’s the arguments in favor and disfavour of WordCamp tickets price raising.
WordCamps are events by the WordPress Community for everyone following the main goal of the WordPress foundation that’s “Empowering Web Publishing”, and are organized locally everywhere in the world from New York to Pokhara (Nepal) — mentioned as an example, I’d love to attend there…
So, after having read the first reactions, I’ve decided to add my reply … which was:
To me the most important thing is: I think that pricing should not be “imposed”.
Each organizing team has to study what are the goals of the Camp, decide how many people to handle and then calculate the event’s ticket price as a ratio between costs of the basic services (ie venue) and visitors with an elementary division.
Like I’ve written above free food or drinks or after-party is nice to have, but not mandatory.
There are lots of cool things to have (swag, green room for speakers, free hotel room for them or free transport from air/stations to the venue) but not all of them are required – or will make me decide to come to your camp … it’s mostly the quality of the topics of the Camp and, in second place, the fame of the organizing community and ease to reach the city / nation of the event.
My invite is to add YOUR comment to the topic, and help us to choose what’s best to do… Community and Open Source means participation, and this time you won’t be asked to code.