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  1. Dave Loodts

    Happy to see this, although it’s not structural. WP plugins and themes have donate buttons for years, right. We all know that’s not paying the butter. So, curious to see how this goes. I also believe the connection company and profile must be made. Not only for transparency, but also for 2 others facts: sponsored companies wants/needs to be seen + seeing giving makes you giving.
    So, a sponsor company archive page is transparant, nice for that company and is a shoutout to competitors and other companies to sponsor too.
    Thank you, Community Team! :-)

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  2. Tony Zeoli

    Although I’ve been involved with WordPress for 16-years, I don’t specifically foray into the world of core WordPress development all that much, mainly because I’m focused on client work. I’m unclear on the “Contributor” category added to the official WordPress jobs board. And, what a “sponsored Contributor” is.

    There’s already “Plugin Development” and “Theme Customization,” so can someone explain further what would be an example post to the Contributor category on the Jobs board. What is a “sponsored Contributor?”

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    • Andrea Middleton

      What is a “sponsored Contributor?”

      Good question! Thanks for asking it. To my mind, a “sponsored contributor” is someone who is paid (by someone else, or via their own company maybe) to work on any of the work that is coordinated or conducted by one of the make.wordpress.org contributor teams. Does that help? :)

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  3. Rhys

    One question I have regarding potential additions is whether or not it makes sense to provide a text field where users can name the company that is sponsoring them. This may aid in transparency and avoiding conflicts of interests.

    I imagine that they don’t want us to know the name of the company most of the contributions come from right now. It doesn’t take a lot of research to figure out which one it is…

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    • Andrea Middleton

      Because each profile already has a “Company” field available, it didn’t seem urgent to add a “sponsored by XYZ company” field to the profile, though I agree with Jeff that it will help with transparency. I commented on the original post that:

      I hope to post a proposal for next steps for the Five for the Future pledge program in mid-July, which will include a way to indicate the company sponsoring the contributor’s work that can be confirmed by a company representative (as long as that company has filled out a pledge). I don’t think we’ll need to require a Five for the Future pledge in order to name the sponsoring company, though — it should be possible to indicate via design elements if the cited company is part of the pledge program or not.

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      • Heather Burns

        I don’t understand the reasoning behind the “Company” field acting as the implied indication of who sponsors the contributor. The company may not in fact sponsor the contributor’s time. The company may be entirely outside the WP and software development ecosystem. If there is a sponsor, it may be a non-employer such as grant funding, academia, or a research project – all scenarios which absolutely require public transparency.

        It feels as if the priority here is to onboard companies into signing up for Five for the Future, which is an ecosystem-specific initiative not applicable to many contributor situations, rather than provide clarity on the financial health of the contributor base. I certainly don’t want to see the non-ecosystem companies I work with depicted in a bad light as “non-supporters” for not participating in an initiative not meant for them.

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  4. Daniel James

    I was expecting to see a screenshot of these new profile fields actually on someone’s profile to see what the interface looks like, not just the edit profile form. Does anyone know of an example profile to look at?

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