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A slideshow of a presentation I gave at DrupalCamp Colorado regarding jumping into the community using IRC, the forums and issue queues.

A slideshow of a presentation I gave at DrupalCamp Colorado regarding jumping into the community using IRC, the forums and issue queues.

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  • 1. Plugging in to the Drupal Community E s s e n t i a l To o l s Presented by Chris Shattuck (chrisshattuck) Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 2. Drupal Learning curve Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 3. Drupal Social solution to a technical problem No schisms The Drupal community Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 4. JOE: “Hey Cindy, how do I set an automatic URL for a node?” CINDY: “Use the pathauto module. Hey, how do I change my home page?” JOE: “Hit up the Site Information page” Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 5. 60d x 5q x 8m = 40h Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 6. 1. IRC Live chat 2. The Forums Questions and answers 3. The Issue Queues Problems and solutions Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 7. IRC is a big deal in Drupal Members at one time Channels 500 40 375 30 250 20 125 10 0 0 #joomla #wordpress #drupal #joomla #wordpress #drupal Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 8. Client Server Channels My nick is #drupal-support chrisshattuck #drupal-themes Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 9. What’s happening on IRC? 1. Support exchange 2. Collaboration on ideas, code, or events 3. Local Drupal User Groups 4. General banter and time wasting Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 10. Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 11. QWantTUM • So, you have a Question... • What do you Want? • What have you Tried? • What do you Use? • What reference Material might help? Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 12. Super Quickstart http://drupalchat.net/ 1. Select a nick (your Drupal username) 2. Click connect 3. Chat it up Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 13. Firefox Chatzilla Plugin http://is.gd/15tJF 1. Download and install 2. Restart firefox 3. Go to Tools > Chatzilla 4. Select a nick if prompted 5. Click the freenode link in the chat window 6. Go to IRC > Join Channel 7. Type ‘drupal’ in search Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 14. Members Topic Discussion Channels Nick Message box Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 15. IRC Clients Colloquy xChat colloquy.info www.xchat.org Wikipedia comparison is.gd/15vNY Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 16. IR C is Fun! licon, the bot Mee t Drup ink s and mor e! e teas ers from l n stuff, mak It can lear F actoids ick roll? pon y? m plicity? r ? x- topic? si l? crickets x -team? u drupal hel on e? art? u ack core? 42? any stebin? h pa and m ore es, fac toid list Archiv .com/bot/ disobey Pastebin zy er people cra Drive few Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 17. Ad egister y our nick va R pass email r /msg nick serv registe nc Pi ng / pong ed ng /C indy: joe: po Joe : cindy: ping IR Private message C me /msg userna Tell ge rna me messa Druplic on: tell use Seen ame seen usern Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 18. The Forums http://drupal.org/forum Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 19. Why forums instead of IRC? 1. A great place to flesh out complex issues 2. A good place to learn by helping 3. Forums get indexed, so a question is answered forever(ish) Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 20. Question Answer Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 21. Forum Tips • QWantTUM • Avoid a roast, don’t cross-post • Track discussion via drupal.org/user/[id]/track Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 22. The Issue Queues http://drupal.org/project/issues Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 23. Problem Solution Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 24. The Finder •Verifies the problem •Searches for possible duplicates •Creates and classifies the issue Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 25. The Fixer Provides a: Patch Mockup, or Copy Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 26. The Polisher Provides feedback based on understanding of Drupal standards Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 27. The Greaser • Keeps discussion on track • Provides gentle, positive feedback • Helps clarify misunderstandings Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 28. Creator / Destroyer Makes the final call Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 29. Do it! • Save time, reduce stress, impress your boss. • Develop relationships in the community (think jobs, support, employees, friends) • Contribute. It feels good, and if everyone does it, magical things can happen. Sunday, June 28, 2009
  • 30. This is me: Chris Shattuck chrisshattuck.com twitter.com/chris_shattuck These are the links used in this presentation: api.drupal.org - Drupal API documentation drupal.org/handbooks - Drupal handbooks drupalchat.net/- Quickly connect to IRC is.gd/15tJF - Chatzilla Firefox plugin is.gd/15vNY - Wikipedia IRC client comparison drupal.org/forum - Drupal forums drupal.org/user/[id]/track - Your subscribed posts drupal.org/project/issues - Drupal issue queues Sunday, June 28, 2009

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