[consulting] Drupal Certification (was: General consultant's vent)

Dries Buytaert dries.buytaert at gmail.com
Fri Aug 7 16:37:14 UTC 2009

There is a draft of the trademark policy online on http://groups.drupal.org/legal 
.  The final version will be posted shortly and will contain further  
clarifications based on the questions asked in the comments.  I'm  
currently on vacation working in off-line mode so I can't point you to  
the exact location of the draft.  The draft policy clearly states how  
you can name your add-on products --Acquia follows those principles  
and so can any other organization.

On 7 Aug 2009, at 07:39, Roshan Shah wrote:

> For the same reasons of  no clear Drupal Trademark policy, many
> companies are in wait and watch mode.  Is there a level playing field
> for everyone or is it only Acquia that can offer add-on offerings with
> Dries at helm there?
> Roshan
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> On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 10:52 AM, Tom Geller<tom at tomgeller.com> wrote:
>> This subject comes up frequently. I know that Acquia was considering
>> preparation of a certification system ("Yellow Jersey"), but it's  
>> always
>> been low among their priorities.
>> Something on this subject became the most-commented post on my blog:
>>  http://tomgeller.com/content/market-ready-drupal-certification
>> Then in a post shortly after that, I suggested that Drupal  
>> Association would
>> be the appropriate body to run a certification program:
>>  http://tomgeller.com/content/why-support-drupal-association
>> I wrote, "[DA could] fulfill functions best served by a non-profit
>> authority. While I find commercial interest in Drupal exciting and
>> encouraging, some functions -- such as certification and trademark
>> protection -- are best served by a neutral party with interests  
>> beyond the
>> purely financial. Drupal Association is that authority."
>> DA never expressed an interest in that -- which is fine, and their  
>> right.
>> I'm among those who questions the value of such things... but still  
>> think it
>> would be great to try. Alas, nobody's taking the lead. Uncertainly  
>> over the
>> Drupal trademark IMHO also discourages anyone from claiming that  
>> leadership
>> role.
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