February 23rd, 2017
The Drupal Association Engineering Team delivers value to all who are using, building, and developing Drupal. The team is tasked with keeping Drupal.org and all of the 20 subsites and services up and running. Their work would not be possible without the community and the project would not thrive without close collaboration. This is why we are running a membership campaign all about the engineering team. These are a few of the recent projects where engineering team + community = win!
Leading the Documentation System migration
We now have a new system for Documentation. These are guides Drupal developers and users need to effectively build and use Drupal. The new system replaces the book outline structure with a guides system, where a collection of pages with their own menu are maintained by the people who volunteer to keep the guides updated, focused, and relevant. Three years of work from the engineering team and community collaborators paid off. Content strategy, design, user research, implementation, usability testing and migration have brought this project to life.
Pages include code ‘call-outs’ for point-version specific information or warnings.
Thanks to the collaborators: 46 have signed up to be guide maintainers, the Documentation Working Group members (batigolix, LeeHunter, ifrik, eojthebrave), to tvn, and the many community members who write the docs!
Enabling Drupal contribution everywhere
Helping contributors is what we do best. Here are some recent highlights from the work we’re doing to help the community:
Users now have better profiles to make into Drupal résumés.
Months of content strategy work resulted in a better communication plan, including improved user experience for newly registered users.
Organization pages have expanded in scope to encourage more participants than just Drupal service providers. The organization list, new layout making case studies and contributions stand out, and a more robust contribution credit system are all helping to bring more contributors to the Drupal ecosystem.
We’re expanding the contribution credit system to include more types of contribution, and we’ll keep working on improving the system with check-ins every 6 months.
When a community need doesn’t match our roadmap
We have a process for prioritizing community initiatives so we can still help contributors. Thanks to volunteers who have proposed and helped work on initiatives recently, we’ve supported the launch of the Drupal 8 User guide and the ongoing effort to bring Dreditor features into Drupal.org itself.
How to stay informed and support our work.
You can help sustain the work of the Drupal Association by joining as a member. Thank you!