[development] Desperate plea for help on the GHOP program

Bruce Gordon bbgdl-drupal at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 11 14:03:19 UTC 2007

Here's a quickie way to boost the quality and maintainability, (and # of tasks:-)). For each module task, add an additional task to create a rich Simpletest for it.  Later that might become a requirement for a module. -Bruce

Angela Byron <drupal-devel at webchick.net> wrote: GHOP: Google Contest. Week-long tasks (coding, documentation, or 
otherwise) that 13-18 year olds knock out of the park. See 
http://drupal.org/node/195913 for contest details.

Good news: These students are frickin' awesome. Check out our list of 
completed tasks so far: 

Bad news: We need *help* to maintain this momentum.

Current stats are available at: http://groups.drupal.org/node/7569

Python is currently kicking everyone's ass in terms of tasks completed 
by their students. This is directly related to the amount of focus their 
reviewers are able to give.

We have had the following tasks have been under review for > 24 hours 
and are *actively halting these students from taking on more tasks*, as 
well as likely creating sour feelings towards Drupal as a project for 
holding them back. *Reviews needed here ASAP please.*

* Performance profile Drupal 6: http://drupal.org/node/196907
* User experience usability report: http://drupal.org/node/197221
* Drupal 6 Theme: http://drupal.org/node/197227
* Mockups for hard-to-use pages: http://drupal.org/node/197311
* Port Text CAPTCHA to 6.x: http://drupal.org/node/198598
* Display module memory usage: http://drupal.org/node/198053

For a full list of GHOP issues that need review at any given time 
(ideally this is always at zero), please see: 

Drupal is also currently tied for *second fewest* open tasks available. 
This means that there's a far more likely chance of a student going to a 
project like Joomla! or MoinMoin that has a better task selection.

Please help by creating additional, high-quality tasks. Everyone has 
"little" things they wish they had time to work on. Write them up as 
task ideas to http://drupal.org/node/add/project-issue/ghop as a "Task 
idea" according to the guidelines at 
Remember that tasks don't have to be just about coding (documentation, 
translation, usability, etc. are also on topic), although coding tasks 
_are_ popular. :)

Thanks for your attention to this. If GHOP continues to go as well as it 
has, it looks like we'll gain some very valuable long-term contributors 
  (and in fact, I think we already have).


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