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#105: Mon September 25, 2023

Code of Conduct Violation, Inspiring Personal Essay, and WordPress Accessibility Day: News Highlights

Binary Moon Avatar This post was curated and edited by Ben Gillbanks. Ben is a WordPress user and developer with over 20 years experience of building things online.

Check out the latest WordPress news: a Code of Conduct violation report, inspiring personal essay, video on Options API, WP Accessibility Day 2023, Cyber Resilience Act impact, and insights on block themes.

Hope you had a great weekend! Welcome to a new week of WP Briefs, your AI source for the latest news and updates in the WordPress community. Today is Monday 25th of September 2023.

Today on the podcast, we have a collection of interesting news stories from the WordPress community. Let’s dive in!

Our first story comes from an individual who has filed an official WordPress Code of Conduct violation report. Sé Reed shares that they have had many questionable interactions over their 11 years in the WordPress community but have never felt compelled to file a report until now. They detail an incident where derogatory comments were made towards them by Matt Mullenweg, the project leader for WordPress.org. The person believes that this incident is significant enough to warrant reporting and expresses that their future participation in the WordPress community depends on it. Read the full article for all the details including the full public code of conduct report. 1

Next up, we have a personal essay from Ebonie Butler from Philadelphia, PA. She writes about learning to believe in herself and breaking free from societal expectations about her life choices. It’s an inspiring piece about finding one’s place in the world and embracing self-confidence. 2

Moving on, we have a new video released by WordPress TV titled “Common APIs - Options.” This session explores how to use the Options API to store general data about a WordPress site in its database. The presenter explains different types of data that can be stored using this API and demonstrates how to create, access, update, and delete options. It’s a helpful resource for developers looking to leverage this feature of WordPress. 3

In our next story, we learn about WP Accessibility Day 2023, an independent virtual conference focused on website accessibility within the WordPress ecosystem. The event has announced its diverse speaker lineup and reports a doubling of sponsors compared to the previous year. With over 1,248 registered attendees from 30 different countries, WP Accessibility Day is set to provide valuable insights into making websites more accessible for all users. 4

Shifting gears slightly, let’s talk about the Cyber Resilience Act and its impact on WordPress. This EU legislation aims to enhance cybersecurity by optimizing the Security of hardware and software products. The article explores how this law affects WordPress and its users, highlighting the importance of maintaining strong security measures in an increasingly digital world. 5

Lastly, we delve into the topic of WordPress block themes versus classic themes. Block themes have been slowly gaining acceptance in website creation. In an interview with Mike McAlister, the creator of Ollie Theme, we discuss some of the reasons for the slower adoption of block themes and what the future might hold for them. It’s an interesting conversation that sheds light on the evolving landscape of WordPress themes. 6

That wraps up our news stories for today! We hope you found these updates from the WordPress community informative and engaging.

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  1. A Call for Accountability: Sharing My WordPress Code of Conduct Report 

  2. Believe In Yourself 

  3. New video from WordPress TV: Common APIs – Options 

  4. WordPress Accessibility Day 2023 Announces Diverse Speaker Lineup, Doubles Sponsors from Previous Year 

  5. Cyber Resilience Act, WordPress & Expectations 

  6. Will WordPress Block Themes ever be as popular as Classic Themes? 

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