[development] Drupal core initiatives

Daniel F. Kudwien news at unleashedmind.com
Mon Jun 13 17:08:33 UTC 2011

Things one could have learned in IRC (you know, yet another 
communication medium that doesn't work):

- Initiative owners are supposed to post announcements in 
http://groups.drupal.org/drupal-initiatives.  You cannot subscribe to 
all posts of that group, because g.d.o technically does not allow it 
without opening the group for everyone.  <sarcasm>You know, Drupal core 
initiatives are top-down decisions only, your own perspectives and ideas 
are not welcome.</sarcasm>

- To remedy the subscription issue, posts of the Drupal Initiatives 
group are now syndicated on Drupal Planet. 
(http://drupal.org/node/1187060)  <sarcasm>Obviously, you can't 
subscribe to comments this way, but who writes or reads comments 

- To stay on track with all discussions pertaining to an initiative, 
make sure to join and subscribe to all posts in the following groups:
   - http://groups.drupal.org/build-systems-change-management/cmi
   - http://groups.drupal.org/wscci
   - http://groups.drupal.org/design-drupal
   - http://groups.drupal.org/internationalization
   - http://groups.drupal.org/html5

- Next to initiative and group discussions (that mostly but not 
exclusively happen on g.d.o currently), many technical discussions also 
happen in the issue queues of dedicated initiative sandboxes; e.g., 
http://drupal.org/project/issues/butler or 
http://drupal.org/sandbox/heyrocker/1145636.  Make sure to subscribe to 
"All issues" of those projects if you want to stay in the loop.  I 
wasn't able to find a full list of official projects/sandboxes.

- To participate in actual, smaller(?), actionable Drupal core changes, 
make sure to subscribe to all issues having the following issue tags 
(and periodically check for new ones, as you cannot subscribe to issue 
   - http://drupal.org/project/issues/search/drupal?issue_tags=cmi
   - http://drupal.org/project/issues/search/drupal?issue_tags=wscci
   - http://drupal.org/project/issues/search/drupal?issue_tags=html5

- To get an overview about the roadmap and current status of efforts for 
a particular initiative, make sure to periodically check their 
corresponding handbook pages below 

- Lastly, don't miss the actual real-time discussions in IRC, which 
usually don't get documented anywhere:
   - irc://irc.freenode.net/drupal-contribute
   - irc://irc.freenode.net/drupal-design
   - irc://irc.freenode.net/drupal-i18n
   - irc://irc.freenode.net/drupal-html5

And now that you went through all of this:  Welcome to the discussion!


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