(Originally posted for DrupalCampAustin – updated 12/3/11 from DrupalcampOhio)
Today’s keynote is with Angie Byron (@webchick) – “The Drupal Community – Where are we going and how to get involved?”
(Sidenote: they scheduled the keynotes for right after lunch – a great idea for getting the max number of people there…)
Angie is one of the 3 core committers to Drupal 7, the co-maintainer for 7.0 release and the lead author of “Using Drupal”.
“Its the Drupal community and not so much the software that makes the Drupal project what is is” Dries.
The community doubles in size with every major release. 200+ local user groups, thousands of individuals scratching their own itches. There’s no one organization behind Drupal… (like herding cats)
Its a Do-Ocracy – people who do get more of a voice than those who just talk about doing – and the project wants as many people involved as possible…
It took her 10 years before she contributed to open source…
What is a contributor? Someone who sees something and says – that’s dumb, I want to see it fixed. “I can do something about it”, people who say that are the people that power open source.
You have to be really smart to contribute. That’s not true. It operates on wisdom of crowds, each contributing what they know.
Writing a bug report (with full details) – is a big contribution.
Perfect before you post it. Nope! – the most touch points works better
There is a “They” … there is no “they” – there is only “us” (99.63% of everyone who downloads Drupal never communicates with the community) – only 0.05% actually do something with their account.
How to get started
So where are we going?
Great presentation! (lots of pics of kittens and cats…!)
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