What is a Community Deputy?
Community Deputies are a team of people all over the world who review WordCamp and Meetup applications, train organizers, work on the support queue, and generally keep things moving at WordCamp Central. We make sure that new and returning organizers are not overworking themselves, still are following the code of conduct, and generally are making positive contributions to the open source project.
Why we need deputies, and what they do
The Deputy program was started in an effort to both decentralize management of the overall Community program and help with the large volume of daily emails. It started with a small pilot program in October of 2014 and has subsequently been expanded.
Deputies are vital to our meetup and WordCamp programs. The Community Team trains people from all cultural backgrounds and walks of life to be extraordinary community organizers. Part of that training is done in orientations and through our handbooks, but peer mentoring is an important cornerstone. There is not nearly enough full-time Community Team staff to provide oversight and mentorship to all the meetup groups and WordCamp organizers in the world; our deputy program makes the Community program possible.
Other than being completely awesome, the Deputies do the following types of things:
- Email routing in the HelpScout queue (for firstname.lastname@example.org)
- WordCamp application processing
- Meetup application processing
- Meetup orientations
- WordCamp orientations
- WordCamp mentoring
- WordCamp budget reviews
- Answering questions in #community-events on WordPress.org Slack
- Weighing in on Community program discussions and decisions
- Designing, building, and testing new tools for WordCamp.org