[development] Drupal core initiatives

Gábor Hojtsy gabor at hojtsy.hu
Tue Jun 14 11:18:12 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 4:50 PM, Greg Knaddison
<greg at growingventuresolutions.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 13, 2011 at 8:35 AM, Gábor Hojtsy <gabor at hojtsy.hu> wrote:
>> Well, our current approach is to use g.d.o group posts in the Drupal
>> Initiatives group that anyone can sign up for. The group is at
>> http://groups.drupal.org/drupal-initiatives
> Yes and no.
> I agree with Daniel's concern that too much of this is happening in
> closed venues, often with the claim that it's the only way to get
> things done. And I think even you, Gabor, share a bit of this concern
> based on your tweet from three hours ago -
> http://twitter.com/#!/gaborhojtsy/status/80225914683785216

Yes, I was interested, because if you look at the tweet I replied to,
chx said the report was already written. Apparently it needed some
review to be good for publication (it is now out and is on Drupal
Planet). Incidentally Sun's topic starter here was ignited by a
discussion I posted to him among others for review before publication.
Same approach :) He did not agree this is a good idea, which ended up
in this great discussion. (I've just posted part of that at
http://groups.drupal.org/node/155634 for discussion, hope it takes off
:). However, for sprints, I think its pretty hard to maintain a
"liveblog" instead of distilling down the work to a report after / at
the end of the sprint, which does take some time. When we did the
multilingual sprint earlier this year in Berlin, we posted photos of
our whiteboard with priorities and tasks to twitter and IRC
continually and tried to keep people in the loop with that.

> >From personal observation I believe Greg Dunlap is spending a
> significant effort on seeking and synthesizing feedback and I
> encourage everyone to do the same.

I'd love to be hanging around in IRC more, organize more sprints and
such, and believe me I continually lobby for more sponsored time for
this. Greg has this great arrangement of 50% work time (thanks
NodeOne), which is a level none of the other initiative leads have.
Still I think I'm one of the most prolific posters in the initiative
group. I'm even posting stuff I don't necessarily agree with where we
do need discussion - which was questioned by Sun in fact at
http://groups.drupal.org/node/154394#comment-517324 :) I'm also
definitely the last to not even have a sandbox to let discussions flow
closer to big directions instead, so we can be sure we work towards
the right goals. I'm definitely trying to be as open as possible. Let
me know if you have suggestions to do it better.


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