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  • Drupal big, overwhelming - like an aircraft carrier
    Looks chaotic and dangerous for an outsider, but does actually make sense to the people doing the work
  • We think of Drupal as the code we download
    That’s half of it - the other half is the people
    The people effect the code which effects all the people using it, who in turn effect the code...
    Without the people the code dies on the vine
  • We think of Drupal as the code we download
    That’s half of it - the other half is the people
    The people effect the code which effects all the people using it, who in turn effect the code...
    Without the people the code dies on the vine
  • Main places to connect are online:
    drupal.org (forums and issue queues)
    - the issue queue is the place where stuff happens - not just for code
    groups.drupal.org (regional and topical groups)
    IRC, it’s geeky but well worth checking out
  • Druplcons (1 in NA each spring, 1 in Europe each fall)
    Camps (like this one!)
    Meetups
    Build relationships, stay connected and keep context for online interaction
  • it goes both ways, but you need to initiate contact with others or they won’t know you’re there
  • There are asshats in every community. Don’t be one.
    When you encounter them, remember:
    - everyone has a bad day sometimes
    - jerks don’t define the entire community
  • Do-ocracy: the person who does it gets the job.
    You don’t need to be an “expert” to have an impact
    If everyone talks and no one does, then it simply won’t happen. So do it.
  • teams grow organically - no real top-down hierarchy
    “defined leaders” : Dries, core maintainer and docs, infra, security leads
    lots of groups and teams just get together, define things and do the work
    remember this is all volunteer and you can be involved in what interests you
  • At the end of the day, this is just another group of people gathered around a common topic.
    Diverse and passionate.
    Even the “rockstars” are just people and you can call them on their bullshit.
    Keep the humanity of the work in mind.
  • Each person that uses Drupal can have an impact on the software and the millions of other people that use it
    Fitting in to the community is being human and building relationships

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  • 1. The Drupal Movement where do you fit in? Addison Berry, Lullabot Drupalcamp Atlanta 2009 Saturday, September 19, 2009
  • 2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/mateus27_24-25 Saturday, September 19, 2009 Drupal big, overwhelming - like an aircraft carrier Looks chaotic and dangerous for an outsider, but does actually make sense to the people doing the work
  • 3. What is Drupal? Saturday, September 19, 2009
  • 4. Saturday, September 19, 2009 We think of Drupal as the code we download That’s half of it - the other half is the people The people effect the code which effects all the people using it, who in turn effect the code... Without the people the code dies on the vine
  • 5. http://www.flickr.com/photos/greencolander Saturday, September 19, 2009 We think of Drupal as the code we download That’s half of it - the other half is the people The people effect the code which effects all the people using it, who in turn effect the code... Without the people the code dies on the vine
  • 6. “It’s really the Drupal community and not so much the software that makes the Drupal project what it is. So fostering the Drupal community is actually more important than just managing the code base.” - Dries Buytaert Saturday, September 19, 2009
  • 7. Hello, in there... Saturday, September 19, 2009
  • 8. Virtual Reality http://www.flickr.com/photos/knowprose Saturday, September 19, 2009 Main places to connect are online: drupal.org (forums and issue queues) - the issue queue is the place where stuff happens - not just for code groups.drupal.org (regional and topical groups) IRC, it’s geeky but well worth checking out
  • 9. Do it Live http://www.flickr.com/photos/bevanr Saturday, September 19, 2009 Druplcons (1 in NA each spring, 1 in Europe each fall) Camps (like this one!) Meetups Build relationships, stay connected and keep context for online interaction
  • 10. Communication http://www.flickr.com/photos/heather-dietz Saturday, September 19, 2009 it goes both ways, but you need to initiate contact with others or they won’t know you’re there
  • 11. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dotpolka/ Saturday, September 19, 2009 There are asshats in every community. Don’t be one. When you encounter them, remember: - everyone has a bad day sometimes - jerks don’t define the entire community
  • 12. http://www.flickr.com/photos/dotpolka/ Saturday, September 19, 2009 There are asshats in every community. Don’t be one. When you encounter them, remember: - everyone has a bad day sometimes - jerks don’t define the entire community
  • 13. How does this work? Saturday, September 19, 2009
  • 14. Do-ocracy http://www.flickr.com/photos/froboy Saturday, September 19, 2009 Do-ocracy: the person who does it gets the job. You don’t need to be an “expert” to have an impact If everyone talks and no one does, then it simply won’t happen. So do it.
  • 15. Structure http://www.flickr.com/photos/lindenbaum Saturday, September 19, 2009 teams grow organically - no real top-down hierarchy “defined leaders” : Dries, core maintainer and docs, infra, security leads lots of groups and teams just get together, define things and do the work remember this is all volunteer and you can be involved in what interests you
  • 16. Human beings Saturday, September 19, 2009 At the end of the day, this is just another group of people gathered around a common topic. Diverse and passionate. Even the “rockstars” are just people and you can call them on their bullshit. Keep the humanity of the work in mind.
  • 17. You matter. Saturday, September 19, 2009 Each person that uses Drupal can have an impact on the software and the millions of other people that use it Fitting in to the community is being human and building relationships
  • 18. Addison Berry add1sun http://rocktreesky.com http://www.lullabot.com Saturday, September 19, 2009