[development] ENOUGH!

Kieran Lal kieran at civicspacelabs.org
Thu Nov 23 18:32:41 UTC 2006

On Nov 23, 2006, at 9:54 AM, Dries Buytaert wrote:

> Anyway, I hope I clarified Karoly's words for you.

Karoly's rant is fairly counter-productive in my opinion.  Guilt is a  
lousy motivator.

The last major release took 13 months and it was a complete mystery  
to even the most intimate observers when or what was necessary to get  
4.7 out the door.   There's little understanding in what it's going  
to take to get this release out, unless you reviewing the issue  
queue.  Out of 80 000+ accounts on Drupal.org how many unique hits  
are there to the 5.0 core issue queue?

Leadership is often about communication and having a consistent  
message to rally supporters.  Regularly publishing a list of critical  
bugs to the developers mailing list and to the front page of  
Drupal.org that indicate what's necessary to get beta 2 out the door  
would be helpful.

It's also important to keep in mind that I don't know anyone who runs  
Drupal core.  So enthusiasm for getting 5.0 out the door is as much  
about waiting for contributed modules to be ported to 5.0 as it is  
about getting core out.  Right now there's about approximately 70  
contributed modules which have been ported to 5.0.  There is upgrade  
documentation and a new module upgrade module all of which support  
the the 5.0 sites people will actually use, and will actually be  
motivated to fix.

So if someone is ranting about core, and creating no patches for  
core, and doing no testing of core they still might be very active in  
moving the Drupal community to 5.0.  That's because they are porting  
contributed modules, using the upgrade documentation, testing  
upgrading tools, and basically tackling the hardest part of using  
Drupal.  Participation comes in many forms and all deserve respect.

To assist in this effort I am happy to volunteer to write a post of  
the front page of Drupal.org with a list of the issues necessary for  
Beta 2, and include links to the 70 contributed modules which should  
be tested with 5.0 beta 1.  Just help me identify the remaining  
issues for beta 2.


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