Why contributing to Drupal is awesome

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The Oxford Geek Night is a great meetup, and I had a lot of fun attending. Here is the 5 minute presentation I gave describing why being a Drupal contributor is such a

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  • Hi, I’m Robert Douglass, a Drupal geek.\n
  • Drupal is a website building software that is popular because it is flexible, scalable, and can help you build just about any type of website you’re interested in.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because our leader, Dries Buytaert, wears a Batman mask while drinking beer.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because everything about the Drupal project is FUN, and it tastes good!\n
  • Mark Twain said “I’m glad I did it, partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shall never have to do it again” and of course he was talking about Contributing to Drupal because contributing a patch, module, theme, or documentation means it will be there when you next need it, and may even have gotten better in the meantime.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you get rewarded with ponies.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you can start doing it at any age.\n
  • Some even start when they’re quite young.\n
  • Nietzsche said “When one has finished building one's house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way - before one began.” He was talking about contributing to Drupal because that too is an iterative process, with the community challenging you to learn from your mistakes and grow, and become a better contributor in the process.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because Drupal has birthday parties, and it tastes good.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you can do it while wearing blue tights and engaging in cosplay.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you can do it while wearing hand knit stockings.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because we Drupal folk just really really like cakes, and it tastes good.\n
  • Siddharta said “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Of course he was talking about contributing to Drupal, because every time you make a contribution, you’re brining happiness to hundreds, maybe thousands of other people, without decreasing the value or the happiness that you retain for yourself.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because Drupal has its own theology. The religion of Drupal says “Every time you hack core, God kills a kitten. Please, think of the kittens!”\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you can paint your head blue and let everybody know that you’re proud to be a geek.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome beause pants are strictly optional.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because it tastes so good.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because there are so many ways to contribute.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because it is as much about the individual as it is about the group.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because there are interesting local meetups everywhere you go, and the beer tastes great!\n\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you can even contribute in your sleep.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because it tastes so good!\n
  • Sylvester Stallone said "What I'm trying to do now in my life ... is to construct things that will have enduring qualities, and won't just be ephemeral flashes in the pan.”\nDrupal will never go away, go out of business, get acquired, get lost, get stolen, or simply disappear. As long as Drupal can be a useful and relevant tool, helping people achieve their goals, Drupal will stay with us, hopefully for a very long time.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because as soon as you begin to contribute, you become part of the most incredible open source community that has ever been.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because as soon as you begin to contribute, you become part of the most incredible open source community that has ever been.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because as soon as you begin to contribute, you become part of the most incredible open source community that has ever been.\n
  • Contributing to Drupal is awesome because as soon as you begin to contribute, you become part of the most incredible open source community that has ever been.\n
  • Why contributing to Drupal is awesome

    1. 1. Why Contributing to Drupal is AWESOMESeptember 14, 2011Robert Douglass
    2. 2. @robertDouglassHi, I’m Robert Douglass, a Drupal geek.
    3. 3. Drupal.orgDrupal is a website building software that is popular because it is flexible, scalable, and canhelp you build just about any type of website you’re interested in.
    4. 4. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because our leader, Dries Buytaert, wears a Batman maskwhile drinking beer.
    5. 5. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because everything about the Drupal project is FUN, andit tastes good!
    6. 6. "Im glad I did it, partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shall never have to do it again” Mark TwainMark Twain said “I’m glad I did it, partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shallnever have to do it again” and of course he was talking about Contributing to Drupal becausecontributing a patch, module, theme, or documentation means it will be there when you nextneed it, and may even have gotten better in the meantime.
    7. 7. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you get rewarded with ponies.
    8. 8. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you can start doing it at any age.
    9. 9. Some even start when they’re quite young.
    10. 10. "When one has finished building ones house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way - before one began.” Friedrich NietzscheNietzsche said “When one has finished building ones house, one suddenly realizes that in theprocess one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way - beforeone began.” He was talking about contributing to Drupal because that too is an iterativeprocess, with the community challenging you to learn from your mistakes and grow, andbecome a better contributor in the process.
    11. 11. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because Drupal has birthday parties, and it tastes good.
    12. 12. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you can do it while wearing blue tights andengaging in cosplay.
    13. 13. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you can do it while wearing hand knit stockings.
    14. 14. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because we Drupal folk just really really like cakes, and ittastes good.
    15. 15. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Gautama SiddhartaSiddharta said “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life ofthe candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Ofcourse he was talking about contributing to Drupal, because every time you make acontribution, you’re brining happiness to hundreds, maybe thousands of otherpeople, without decreasing the value or the happiness that you retain for yourself.
    16. 16. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because Drupal has its own theology. The religion ofDrupal says “Every time you hack core, God kills a kitten. Please, think of the kittens!”
    17. 17. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you can paint your head blue and let everybodyknow that you’re proud to be a geek.
    18. 18. Contributing to Drupal is awesome beause pants are strictly optional.
    19. 19. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because it tastes so good.
    20. 20. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because there are so many ways to contribute.
    21. 21. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because it is as much about the individual as it is aboutthe group.
    22. 22. Loc al Meetu psContributing to Drupal is awesome because there are interesting local meetups everywhere you go, andthe beer tastes great!
    23. 23. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because you can even contribute in your sleep.
    24. 24. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because it tastes so good!
    25. 25. "What Im trying to do now in my life ... is to construct things that will have enduring qualities, and wont just be ephemeral flashes in the pan.” Sylvester StalloneSylvester Stallone said "What Im trying to do now in my life ... is to constructthings that will have enduring qualities, and wont just be ephemeral flashes inthe pan.”Drupal will never go away, go out of business, get acquired, get lost, getstolen, or simply disappear. As long as Drupal can be a useful and relevanttool, helping people achieve their goals, Drupal will stay with us, hopefully fora very long time.
    26. 26. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because as soon as you begin to contribute, you becomepart of the most incredible open source community that has ever been.
    27. 27. Contributing to Drupal is awesome because as soon as you begin to contribute, you becomepart of the most incredible open source community that has ever been.

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