From 'them' to 'us': Demystifying Drupal contribution

Time: Wednesday 17th May 10:15-10:45
Room: Main Theatre
Track: Drupal Development

Millions of people use Drupal, but a small fraction of those contribute in a given year. That's enough to make Drupal one of the biggest open-source projects in the world, but it still leaves a high proportion of takers to makers.

Contributing to a project the size of Drupal can be overwhelming, and some who want to contribute struggle to find a way. But we need new contributors in order to ship new versions and releases on time.

In this session we'll examine the contribution ecosystem, from the perspective of two/three members of the core committer team: pameeela, quietone and larowlan.

They will share:
* some of their background and various skillsets
* how they came to become part of the committer team
* insights into how Drupal is actually built

The session will cover topics such as the issue queue, community channels, roles and processes that keep the project moving towards it goals.

Instead of asking, "Why haven't they fixed that bug yet?" or "Why haven't they added that feature yet?" this session aims to get you thinking, "How can I help fix that bug?" and "How can I progress that feature?"

In other words, go from taker to maker!

If you're new to Drupal, this session might help you find your niche and be your impetus for getting more involved in this amazing community. If you've been around a long time, you might find answers to questions you've always wanted to ask but never did.

The session will be delivered in two parts, the first part with the two/three presenters sharing their insights, and the second part open the floor to the audience to ask their questions.


Pamela Barone
Currently CTO of Technocrat. Drupal contributor and site builder since 2011. Served on DrupalSouth Committee from 2018 to 2020. Involved with organising local meetups and a number of DrupalSouth and other conferences.
Additional speakersLee Rowlands, Developer at PreviousNext, core committer
Vicki Spagnolo, core committer (tentatively co-presenting but may not be able to attend)