FYI, I’m taking over as central liaison for WordCamps from Maya. I’ll be emailing all of you in the next couple of weeks to let you know about what this will mean for you and your events, and what kind of support we hope to introduce over the next 6 months to make planning WordCamps an easier, more enjoyable experience. In the meantime, for anyone currently in the process of planning a WordCamp, please note that we have posted revised guidelines at http://central.wordcamp.org/about.
One thing that we didn’t used to spell out but has become necessary to codify is that WordCamps are meant to promote the philosophies behind WordPress itself. Lately there have been a number of WordCamps accepting speakers, sponsorships, door prizes, etc from people/companies acting in violation of the WordPress license (GPL v2) with regard to their themes/plugins. It is the official policy of WordCamp that WordCamps not provide publicity/a platform for such individuals/businesses. They are welcome to attend, but WordCamps may not have non-GPL-compliant people as organizers, sponsors, or speakers. Events that want to move forward and include such individuals in these roles may need to use a name other than WordCamp if the appropriate adjustments can’t be made. This is because WordCamps are seen as the place to gather for the official word on all things WordPress; providing a public platform and publicity in an official capacity for people acting in direct opposition to the official word just causes confusion.
In addition, moving forward all WordCamps must be standalone events, not part of a larger event or hosted alongside another tech event such as BarCamp. While we encourage WordPress tracks at such events, it will reduce confusion for WordCamps to always be standalone events. Again, we encourage integrative events, they just can’t be called WordCamp moving forward.
If you have any questions about an event that is coming up sooner rather than later and don’t want to wait for the mass email, feel free to contact me at jane at wordcamp dot org.