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The talk around the WordPress open source and the free rider problem has been discussed by the community since May with strong opinions on both sides of the contributing fence. Josepha Haden Chomphosy wrote an article over on about the issue with Open Source (the Tragedy of the Commons) and the Free Riders. 

Could it be that we are concentrating on multiple things to discuss one single problem? Josepha makes the point that the discussion should be focused on making the software as best as it can be for everyone using it. 

WebP, an image format developed by Google, which is intended to replace JPEG, PNG, and GIF file formats, will soon be generated by default for new JPEG images uploaded in WordPress. WebP conversion is coming to WordPress 6.1 and it doesn’t look like there will be a UI-based option to turn this off. Sarah Gooding over at the WPTavern writes about the opt-in option in depth and it seems like a ticket for this will remain open to see if this option remains as the default.


What happens when a theme registers a pattern with a third-party block? If the user has the block plugin installed, it appears as it should. If you want to read more about how WordPress handles registering patterns in themes with third-party blocks jump over to the Gutenberg Times to read this article by Justin Tadlock.


WordFest Live is scheduled for November 18, 2022. This is a 24-hour online festival focusing on Wellness for remote workers and sponsored by the Big Orange Heart. Submissions for volunteer speakers are open for the event. The deadline to register to be a speaker is August 15, 2022.

WordCamp US will be coming up in a little less than a month. They have Announced the Round 7 speaker panel which is Matt Mullenweg. You can find all the updates on their site. We will be a contributing media partner so look for Raquel (part of the WP Minute team) at WordCamp US.

From Our Contributors and Producers

Speaking of the value of contributing to WordPress, our WP Minute community member, Sam Munoz wrote an article posted over on Torque that covers her appreciation of WordPress and shows where you can contribute even without knowing code. All contributions matter. 

If you have missed the exciting topics in the WordPress news space you can catch up on the last three months by listening to the WP Minute Rewind on the WP Minute with Matt Mederios and Daniel Schutzsmith. 

In this supper club episode of Syntax, Wes Bos and Scott Tolinski talk with Syed Balkhi about his experiences blogging and developing plugins in the WordPress ecosystem. Sidenote: It always perplexes me that people outside of the WordPress space don’t understand the size of Awesome Motive and the accomplishments that Syed and his team have built under that brand.

The latest project updates for the Homepage and Download page are available. These mockups look great and these designs will begin immediately in a new block theme on the website.

New Member:

This week we welcome Brin Wilson from WinningWP to the #linksquad crew.

If you’re not a member yet, go to to join.

Next Up:

WP Request for Feedback minute by Brian Coords


Hi! Brian Coords here with a WP Minute for anyone who is interested in a very easy way to help out a new feature that we’re trying to land in WordPress.

When I say Notifications in WordPress, where does your mind go? If it’s anything like mine, it goes crazy- because notifications in WordPress are all over the place. From spammy upsells to constant requests for reviews and social sharing, the backend of your WordPress site can look terrible. The junk notifications never seem to go away and the important stuff ends up getting ignored as well.

We’re working on a feature project for WordPress that is creating a new and better way to manage and deliver notifications inside WordPress. The reason notifications are so gross inside of WordPress is because there isn’t a clean modern system that developers can use to post updates, send alerts, and even- yes- do a little light marketing so that developers can pay their bills.

I’m asking you to head over to our post on the Make WordPress blog and share your feedback with us. Feature projects live or die based on the enthusiasm of the larger WordPress community, so any feedback helps. The link will be in the show notes.

Request for feedback proof of concept.

Thanks to all of the members who shared these links today:

  • Eric Karkovack
  • Sam Munoz
  • Daniel Schutzsmith
  • Birgit Pauli Haack

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