August 28th, 2014
This week, we added a feature to projects on Drupal.org to help highlight the contributions made by supporting organizations. Maintainers of distributions, modules, and themes can give credit to organizations that have materially contributed to projects on Drupal.org using the new “Supporting Organizations” field.
How do you use this field? When an organization funds the development of a project or when a company takes on maintainership of a key module in the community, the maintainers of that project can add a reference to one or more of them on the project node. Maintainers may chose to give this credit to any organization that contributes significant code or support to a project.
We noticed that many projects would manually follow this pattern in the project description, but wanted to take it a step further. Not only will this provide a link to the organization, it will also show up on the organization’s marketplace page.
This is just the first step, we are also looking for community feedback and help in providing credit to companies, organizations and customers that contribute to the development of Drupal. Implementing this step will be a key way to show how organizations are giving code and support to Drupal Core. Look for it in the coming months.
Dries has written an excellent post on how we might give credit to organizations and another on the value of hiring a core contributor to help push Drupal forward that were a basis for much of this work.
If you are a project maintainer, take a moment to give some credit to the organizations that have helped build the Drupal ecosystem.