Well yes, although it sounds incongruent that is the reason for the closure of the WordPress Help forums: create community . You have your explanation, of course.
Do you feel like doing a bit of (brief) history of the WordPress community in Spanish?
It seems like a lie, but 8 years ago the WordPress community was not even asomo of what has become today . There was some heroic blog that offered information about WordPress when it could, a group of Google that combined the efforts of those who did translations of WordPress into Spanish and little else.
In those years the people who collaborated with the effort to grow the WordPress community was counted on the fingers of one hand, and spoke of people like Angeles Portillo, Luis Rull, David Carrero, Rafa Poveda or Reyson, most still struggling to make WordPress take the place that deserves in the Hispanic community.
If you needed WordPress support you had to go to generic forums for bloggers or the WordPress.com forums where they kindly reminded you that they did not support WordPress hosted on your own server (in case it needed another reminder that it is a product of the Automattic company)
In fact, the creation of WordPress Help was aimed at covering that gap information and help in Spanish in passing that we used to the editors to have written somewhere that we were learning from WordPress, as an online notebook or something like that. What things!
But a month after opening the blog we saw that something more was needed because there were many users who had the need to ask questions about WordPress not related to what was posted on the blog, so we opened the forums, initially with the software phpBB a reputed, veteran, and above all free system.
got into it as with so many other things before, but the important thing was that the WordPress community in e spañol grow and prosper.
Later, when bbPress became a plugin, taking advantage of one of the many migrations it has suffered Help WordPress I migrated the old independent forums to bbPress plugin , and the thing did not go wrong: nothing was lost and it was won in integration with the blog.
And in that way, a stable WordPress translation community was created, we got an official blog for Spain WordCamps and Meetups in half of Spain, including some ] official forums in Spanish . To this day it can be said that the WordPress community in Spain is in very good health . And that is the question to which the reason for this decision brings me.
The objective of the WordPress community is to unify resources help the user and that WordPress remains king and free, and for that you have to stop having franchises embassies or whatever you want to call them.
The times have passed when there were several translations of WordPress and we were all free. Today there are more people participating, helping in the official forums, creating blogs about WordPress, and even a growing community of collaborators in Slack . And if the path traveled by WordPress Help and this veteran blogger has served as something for WordPress to continue growing, it's time to take a step forward .
And I think the right way is to unify the support in the official forums of WordPress.org, that does not depend on which this blog (or another one) follows alive so that the users have support in definite.
For that reason, I have decided to close the forums of Help WordPress . I'm not going to erase them, they're still here for consultation but closed for new consultations, which should be done right now in the official WordPress.org support forum in Spanish, this:
So what it's all about is helping and collaborating in the official WordPress support forums in Spanish where you'll also find me participating and helping, as always.
It's more , I encourage all those who have WordPress forums in Spanish to do the same thing so that does not disperse the information among several sources, or that it is lost if some day you stop having time to keep them.
I think that's what you're playing, do not you think?