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GraphQL Working Group

GraphQL WG (Working Group) is a monthly virtual meeting of maintainers of commonly used GraphQL libraries and tools and significant contributors to the GraphQL community, operated by the GraphQL Foundation.

The GraphQL WG's primary purpose is to discuss and agree upon proposed additions to the GraphQL Specification. Additionally, the group may discuss and collaborate on other relevant technical topics concerning core GraphQL projects.

Anyone in the public GraphQL community may attend a GraphQL WG meeting, provided they first sign the Specification Membership Agreement or belong to an organization who has signed.

This repository holds agendas and notes for all meetings past and upcoming. Anyone may edit an upcoming event's agenda to attend or propose a topic.

All meetings occur via video conference, however participating company offices are welcome to host guests.

Meetings are typically scheduled for the first Thursday of each month at 9:00am Pacific US time. Check the agendas/ for the exact date and time of upcoming meetings.

Joining a meeting?

To request participation in an upcoming meeting, please send a pull request by editing the relevant meeting agenda.

Want to help us keep up?

We're always looking for volunteers to help take notes from the meetings, the results of which are shared in notes/. If you're interested in taking notes, sign up for a meeting in agendas/ and indicate that you're willing to be a note taker.

Participation guidelines

Meetings with many participants, especially over video, can easily get hard to follow or run off course. When we talk about issues we care about, it's easy to get into heated debate. In order to respect everyone's time, and arrive to worthwhile outcomes, consider a few guidelines:

These guidelines are heavily inspired by Allen Wirfs-Brock.


Being in the room when decisions are being made is exciting, but meetings with large groups of people are much more difficult to follow. Only attend if an agenda item directly concerns you and your work, and you expect to participate.

Don't talk too much

The biggest distraction with many people on a video call is interruption, and interruptions are frequent when someone is talking for too long. Only speak up if you have something important to add to the discussion and be courteous of others and avoid interruption.

Volunteer to take notes

The rest of the community follows along with the group's discussion by reading the meeting notes. Volunteering to take notes is a great service to that community and a great way to participate if you don't have an agenda item.

Have an outcome in mind

Know what you and your organization wish to accomplish from the meeting and make that clear to the group to keep discussion focused on what's valuable to your agenda item. Complex or challenging outcomes might take intermediate goals across multiple meetings.


Projects like GraphQL succeed when their leaders are active contributors more than passive participants. Follow up on your discussion with pull requests to projects, or planned events.

Choose your battles

We're all passionate about GraphQL and it's easy to get mired with an opinion in every agenda item. There are many ways to solve a problem and you won't always agree with all of them. Express your views but don't argue about a topic that is not relevant to your goals.

Champion alternatives

Sometimes you'll disagree with someone but will find it difficult or impossible to convince them of the problems you see. Instead of spending your energy fighting, commit to developing an alternative proposal so future discussion can be about substance.

Block progress as a last resort

This working group is only effective when consensus can be reached, even though there may be disagreements along the way. You should avoid blocking progress if possible, otherwise you may be seen as hostile to the group. However, if you have a serious issue with a proposed agenda item outcome, you must make it clear.

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