What should WordPress Governance look like?

As the weekend approaches, here’s my challenge to the WordPress community and other interested parties:

If you got to decide, what would WordPress’ governance structure look like?

As work progresses in the WordPress Governance Project, several people have reached out with suggestions and opinions about what WordPress governance should look like. This is a good thought experiment to get the conversation going about both what is and what can be. It is also a good platform to build a Governance Hypothesis, effectively a starting point from which further research can be conducted.

We are looking for all opinions here, short ones, long ones, new ideas, tried-and-tested models from other projects, general concepts, and fully fleshed out governance proposals. This is your opportunity to think big and approach the governance of 33.4% of the web as a design problem.

Share your thoughts and ideas in the comments below or in blog posts (and link them in the comments below) and take part in the development of a Governance Hypothesis for WordPress.

I know you have opinions on this. Even if the opinion is “I want everything to stay exactly as it is today,” we want to hear it. So, avoid disappointment and future regret. Act now!

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3 Comments

  1. I think that better control of plugins and plugin designers should be part of WordPress governance.

    We should not be faced with the situation that we have now where popular plugins can be sold off to bad actors and no one knows until it is too late.

  2. In my opinion, WordPress should be controlled as a Decentralized Autonomous Community, term from the blockchain industry. A democracy in which the logic / rules are programmed (and of course updatable).

    https://youtu.be/ZiimIJnVXxU

    There’s a lot of research being done on governance in Open Source projects inside the blockchain world at the moment. If you want to jump on a call to discover possibilities, let me know. I love to contribute to WordPress governance if you’re open to the DAC concept (my aim is to bridge the blockchain community and the WordPress community, I’m part of WordPress community since 2008).

    Let me know if this sparks your interest :).

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