Jacob Rockowitz recently posted a blog post with ideas about how we can make Drupal more welcoming.

What I found most interesting about Jacob's blog post is that he makes the point that every WordPress site (not WordPress.org) has an 'About WordPress' section in the administration backend that shows both WordPress' values and contributor credits.

Wordpress about section

This could be an interesting approach for Drupal and is an idea worth exploring. Today, Drupal's values and principles and Drupal's contribution credits live on Drupal.org, but not in the Drupal software itself. When done well, it's probably one of the most impactful ways to educate people and organizations that are new to Drupal about our community and open source. And by having credits in the software, we'd inspire more people and organizations to contribute back. It's an interesting idea.

Comments

Newtoid (not verified):

The community aspect of Drupal has always appealed to me, and seeing the localised WordPress events on admin dashboards is kinda cool. I think that is a good idea, and as long as it is turn-off-and-on-able, people probably would not mind. Skip a step when looking for local meetups and camps, maybe even make it module/theme/distro related so people get relevant info right at the start.

Rkard (not verified):

This would be just another thing to hide/disable. If the documentation was more approachable, it wouldn't be as steep a learning curve as it is now.

Baddy Sonja (not verified):

I really like the idea. The end-user has not necessarily been on drupal.org and only "knows" Drupal from what he sees when logging into the system (which is too often not so friendly). This would be a great way to introduce Drupal, the community, values and principles and more to the end-user.

greg boggs (not verified):

I love the events on the WordPress Dashboard.

As long as it's easy to disable, I think you should:

  • Promote your blog and/or Drupal Planet. Long time Drupaler's all know you and your blog, but new folks should too.
  • Promote the Weekly Drop.
  • Promote the Security News Emails.
  • Promote Drupal Chat for support.
  • Promote issue queues for support.
  • Promote the core contributors including links to their websites or resumes.
  • Promote the Drupal Association. This builds trust in the platform for new users to learn that there is a Non-profit Foundation behind the software.
  • Promote DrupalCon and other events.
  • Promote local meetups.
Mike Gifford (not verified):

Totally agree with both Jacob's original post as well as this extension by Greg. This is a really nice way to highlight people in the community and indeed to highlight that this is community built software. We preach to the choir far too often. The default should be set up to highlight some of the folks who made the technology.

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