Charts of WP Core in 2021
I’m a sucker for a pretty chart. And this post over on the Make.WordPress.org for WordPress Core really offers lots of pretty circles. I think there’s a lot of interesting things the charts highlight, most of all the diversity of people and contributions (which were trackable) to WordPress itself. As the charts make clear, they obvious vary in geography, company affiliation, and compenents on which they worked.
I do think all these charts can obscure some interesting truths. For examples, Juliette Reinders Folmer pointed out on Twitter that her whole company was the fourth highest contributor. Which wouldn’t be interesting, except she’s the only person in the company:
I don’t think this is cause for massive alarm. Applause for Juliette’s tirelessness perhaps. But certainly important to remember that these open source systems can be made big and great by fewer people than you think, for both better and worse.