Drupal Association At-Large Board Elections: 2 days left to vote!

Voting is now open for the 2013 At-Large Board positions for the Drupal Association!  If you haven’t yet, check out the candidate profiles and review the Meet the Candidate sessions (first and second) that we held. Get to know your candidates, and then get ready vote.

How does voting work? Voting is open to all individuals who have a Drupal.org account by the time nominations open and who have logged in at least once in the past year. These individuals’ accounts will be added to the voters list on association.drupal.org and they will have access to the voting.

To vote, you will rank candidates in order of your preference (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). The results will be calculated using an “instant runoff” method. For an accessible explanation of how instant runoff vote tabulation works, see videos linked in this discussion.

Elections will be held from September 15, 2013 through September 19, 2013. During this period, you can review and comment on candidate profiles on association.drupal.org and engage all candidates through posting to the Drupal Association group.

Have questions? Contact Drupal Association Executive Director Holly Ross.

Cast Your Vote!

VOTING is Open! Community elections for the board of the Drupal Association.

UPDATE: Voting is Now Open!


Meet the Candidates!

Voting closes on Thursday 19 Sep 2013

Now is the time! As we announced on August 16, we are looking to fill the two At-Large Director positions that are opening. The At-large Director position is specifically designed to ensure community representation on the Drupal Association board and we strongly encourage anyone with an interest to take part in the process.

The Board of Directors of the Drupal Association are responsible for financial oversight and setting the strategic direction of the Drupal Association. New board members will contribute to the strategic direction of the Drupal Association. Board members are advised of, but not responsible for matters related to the day to day operations of the Drupal Association, including program execution, staffing, etc.

Directors are expected to contribute around five hours per month and attend three in-person meetings per year (financial assistance is available if required). You can learn more about what’s expected of board members by reviewing the board member agreement.

The self-nomination form that will allow you to throw your hat in the ring is open for just a few more days:

Nominate Yourself for the Drupal Association Board

To nominate yourself, you should be prepared to answer a few questions:

  • About Me: Tell us about yourself! Your background, how you got into Drupal, etc.
  • Motivation: Why are you applying for a board position? What initiatives do you hope to help drive, or what perspectives are you going to try and represent?
  • Experience: What Drupal community contributions have you taken part in (code, camps, etc.)? Do you have experience in financial oversight, developing business strategies, or organization governance?
  • Availability: I am able to travel to three in-person board meetings per year (either self-funded, or with financial sponsorship)
  • IRC Handle
  • Twitter Handle

We will also need to know that you are available for the next step in the process, meet the candidate sessions. We are hosting 2 sessions: 

Session One

  • Wednesday, Sept. 11th 2013 at 00:00 UTC
  • 5 PM PST Tuesday Sept. 10th in the US and Canada
  • 8 PM EST Tuesday Sept. 10th in the US and Canada
  • 9 PM Tuesday Sept. 10th in Sao Paulo Brasil
  • 1 AM Wednesday, Sept. 11th in London
  • 8 AM Wednesday, Sept. 11th in Beijing
  • 10 am Wednesday, Sept. 11th in Sydney Australia

Session Two

  • Thursday, September 12 2013 at 16:00 UTC
  • 9 AM PST Thursday, September 12 in the US and Canada
  • 12 noon EST Thursday, September 12 in the US and Canada
  • 1 PM Thursday, September 12 in Sao Paulo Brasil
  • 5 PM Thursday, September 12 in London
  • 00:00 Friday, September 13 in Beijing
  • 2 AM Friday, September 13 in Sydney Australia

The nomination form will be open September 1, 2013 through September 6, 2013 at midnight UTC. For a thorough review of the process, please see our announcement blog post.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Ross, Drupal Association Executive Director, or Donna Benjamin, Drupal Association Board Member.

Drupal.org Downtime: May 9th 5PM PDT (0:00 UTC)

Drupal.org and its sub-sites (api.drupal.org, groups.drupal.org, etc) will be going down for 30 minutes Thursday, May 9, 17:00 PDT (May 10, 0:00 UTC). This maintenance window will be used to remove a core hack. Please follow the @drupal_infra twitter a…

Drupal 7.22 released

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Drupal 7.21 released

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Drupal 7.20 released

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Drupal 7.19 and 6.28 released

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Drupal 7.19 and Drupal 6.28, maintenance releases which contain fixes for security vulnerabilities, are now available for download. See the Drupal 7.19 and Drupal 6.28 release notes for further information.


The countdown begins: 26 days to DrupalCon Sydney!

Only local images are allowed.
6-9 February 2013
Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach
Sydney, Australia

DrupalCon Sydney, our first DrupalCon in the Asia Pacific region, has sold out!
We are so excited by the positive response from attendees, we wish we’d booked the opera house instead!

We’ve opened a waiting list for those who missed out on tickets, and will be releasing tickets as they become available, however there are still many opportunities to participate in all the wonderful events surrounding DrupalCon.

The Business Day program on Wednesday 6 February, keynoted by long-time open source advocate Pia Waugh , targets the conference theme of growing Drupal Downunder, and is a great event for business leaders, evaluators and decision makers to hear real stories and strategies around adopting Drupal. http://sydney2013.drupal.org/drupal-business-day

DrupalCon is a great opportunity to access hands on instruction from some of the world’s top Drupal trainers. Training programs on Git, Drupal Commerce and Building a Drupal site from scratch also kick off the conference on Wed 6 Feb 2013. If you missed on a ticket to DrupalCon why not snap up a ticket to one of these great training workshops.

The main conference on Thursday and Friday is filled with a rich and diverse selection of sessions from speakers from around the world, as well as home grown talent from the Australian Drupal community. Here’s a selection of our featured sessions.

Two “floating” tracks may be unfamiliar to diehard fans of DrupalCon. The Content Authoring and Case Studies tracks are aimed at broadening the appeal of DrupalCon beyond the traditional audience of geeky Developers, to try and engage a broader audience of non-technical Drupal users.

Our Advanced audience is invited to attend the Core Conversations Summit on Friday, which features a D7 to D8 module upgrade demo with webchick and an hour long D8 open forum with Dries and many Drupal Core Contributors.

Keynotes are always a big part of DrupalCon, and what kind of DrupalCon would it be without Dries Buytaert’s famous Driesnote? Dries will set the scene for the true state of Drupal 8 development and give a view of the road ahead.

After hearing about the future of Drupal, attention shifts to our second keynote, the Honourable Senator Kate Lundy, detailing how open source software makes it possible for governments and their people to engage with each other more directly, during her Friday morning keynote, “From Open Source, to Open Government.” Senator Lundy has been a powerful advocate for the adoption of Free and Open source software, and has been internationally recognised for blazing a pathway for a more open approach to government.

The conference concludes with a full Sprint Day on Saturday 9 February, which is open to anyone who wishes to attend. Make the most of the Drupal expertise in town and find out how to make your mark in the Drupal project. Let us know you’re coming!

New to contributing or just sprints in general? Come to Community Tools Workshop on Saturday morning get your Drupal Toolbox in order and level up your skills with Sprint leads xjm, ZenDoodles and add1sun, and other leading contributors. Sign up here!

Many in the Aussie Drupal community have made the pilgrimage North to attend DrupalCon in Europe or North America, so we are incredibly excited to welcome the world to join us in February Downunder.

See you on the beach!

PS. If you’re coming from overseas – Don’t forget you need a visa!

Predictions for 2013

Ever since node 4877 in 2003 we have a “prediction” post up on Drupal.org, where Drupal coders and users can share their vision on what will happen the year ahead with their beloved tool. Ever? Well, we skipped 2012, so we can not look back to the predictions you made last year on this site.

But that should not stop you from making some predictions for 2013. And you are welcome to do so in the comments below. Will parts of Drupal end up in another CMS or framework? Will “WSCCI first” be the slogan or will the consolidation in the CMS landscape and the trend to leave our small island make new bridges towards other PHP projects or even make a new Pangaea, beyond PHP and the web? Will Drupal be the answer in Jeopardy on the question “what is the best CMS?”. Time will tell.

Or you.. In the comments below

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Report from BADCamp 2012 Views Usability Testing

On Nov 1 2012, we tested the Views UI (7.x-3.5) with intermediate-level Drupal users at the BADCamp UX/UI Summit to provide the community with a clear picture of the usability bottlenecks in the Views UI, which is now in development in Drupal 8. We have identified a number of major problems and a large number of small ones, each of which now has an issue in the Drupal Core issue queue, where we discuss solutions, provide code patches with screenshots of the changes, come to agreement and put these changes into Drupal 8.

The study planning, participant profile, findings, videos and more are explained below.


Overall findings
Study summary
Screeners and study guide
Findings from study
Next steps
Video recordings (YouTube)

Overall findings

Participants thought that Views was “powerful” but complained about the steep learning curve to understand the concept and using the Views UI when they were first introduced to it. They relied on extensive Googling, face to face explanations from colleagues and video tutorials to learn Views. When they were thrown into unknown territories, their frustrations with using the UI were palpable.

Study summary

  • Number of participants: 8 (1 advanced user, 6 intermediate users, 1 beginner user)
  • Session length: 45 minutes
  • Study Focus: Using Views in Drupal 7
    • Understand existing user’s views usage & experience [behavior focused]
    • Uncover critical/major issues with existing users [UI focused]
    • How users navigate and operate the advanced settings
    • Gather data quickly so that actionable improvements can be incorporated into Drupal core before the feature freeze
  • Compensation offered: Google Open Source t-shirt
  • Recruitment method: Twitter (from BADCamp, @lisarex, @dcmistry), email to BADCamp UX Summit attendees. The email was quite successful.
  • Date: November 1, 2012
  • Type of study: Moderated usability study (in-person)
  • The sessions moderated by Dharmesh Mistry (dcmistry) and Lisa Rex (lisarex). Our volunteer note takers were Olga Biasotti, Angie Byron, Neerav Mehta, Lewis Nyman, Bojhan Somers, and Brian Young. Other volunteer contributors to the usability study planning include Bohjan Somers, Becky Gessler and Garen Checkley. Special thanks to Jen Lampton for coordinating the UX/UI Summit and putting up with us!
  • All the sessions were streamed live on Google+ and are available on YouTube (linked below)
  • Still from usability session with Kim

Screeners and study guide

Potential participants filled in a screener survey to see if they matched our profile, and a followup screener was used to help us clarify, when the scope of the study was narrowed.

We wrote a Views usability study guide (like a script), with the input from the Views in Core team.

Participant profile

  • Participants were targeted to be intermediate users who have done Drupal site building and have familiarity with Views (They have created basic Views and have dabbled with the advanced views). To keep the data focused, this is a report of findings of 6 intermediate users and 1 advanced user only. Data from the beginner participant will be added to future beginner level study data.
  • All participants were screened to be fluent in English.
  • Participants are comfortable with technology in their personal and professional lives.

Detailed findings

Positive comments

  • The first screen of Views UI get’s the user’s foot in the door
  • Participants rated their experience ratings higher as they got more exposure to views
  • Participants like the ability to preview and create custom CSS
  • Participants found theme template information useful

Critical, major and moderate usability issues

  1. Critical Lack of guidance: The views UI wizard page helps participants get the foot in the door but provides little guidance when they land on the second page. This is because the terminology is unclear and the visual hierarchy is flat. The problem gets severe under “Advanced” section.

    Possible solutions:

    • Use the Views UI wizard anytime a new display type is created.
    • More visual hierarchy on labeling and/or positioning
    • Contrib module with guided tour of Views
    • tooltip on hover of difficult labels

    [needs exploration + design]

  2. Major Too many items under configuration options for fields/ filters/contextual filters/ relationships: Participants feel “overwhelmed” when they see the long scrolling list of options. The problem gets worse because the participants do not necessarily see the “Search” option. The search option is visible only when you are on the top of the modal.

    Screenshot showing huge list of options for filters/fields

    Possible solutions:

    • Limit initial list to user created fields/filters.
    • Reduce visual clutter caused by descriptions.
    • Divide ‘filter’ (e.g. content, global) and criteria (e.g. Body, Comment count) into two columns, making the criteria more scannable
    • Search box has no visual weight and/or fixed positioning.

    #1832862: Users feel overwhelmed by handler listings

  3. Major Using “Contextual Filter” is difficult: When a participant selects a field in contextual filter, they are presented with a lot of options in a flat structure making them unsure how to proceed. This is mostly because of lack of workflow. The expectation was to select a default argument first and then move into related steps based on the choice. A related issue is the help text was unclear “Also look for node and node author ID” The advanced tools like contextual filter, relationship, exposed form require more guidance because it is a harder thing to do.

    Possible solutions:

    • Progressively disclose the functionality instead of all at once
    • Revise the text to be less Boolean, more human
    • Provide short UI / help text in a standard help block on these section to explain what they are

    [needs exploration + design]

  4. Major Several participants forgot to save/didn’t realise they need to save in order to see their changes to the view when they click “view page”. On smaller screens you can’t see the drupal_set_message() warning of unsaved changes.

    Possible solutions:

    • Provide an ‘Unsaved changes’ signal/notification within the main area of the Views UI, where they are looking [needs design]
    • Move save to button towards the bottom of the page (between preview, or at the end, or both)

    #1831894: Users miss “save” button and can’t distinguish “editable” and “preview” areas

  5. Major Participant had difficulty determining where the view showed up. If it’s a Page you can see the path. If it’s any other display type, you have no way of knowing where those displays appear on the site (P4).

    Possible solutions:

    • Show on the views listing the region where the block appears
    • Show in the views ui where the block appears (Attachment does this!)
    • Show when there’s an attachment in the Views listing (Block, Feed, Page appear in alphabetical order)

    #1834576: Improve details on the Views listing page

  6. Major Disconnect in the workflow of adding a block, as you have to create the block display, then save, then go out to the Blocks UI.

    Possible solutions:

    • Add “place block in region’ to the Views wizard.
    • Add “place block in region”to the advanced views.

    #1836390: Add “place block in region’ to the Views wizard to help workflow and #1836394: Add “place block in region’ to the Blocks settings in Views UI

  7. Moderate People often forget to add a path on a page, and if they hit save, they don’t see see the dsm() letting them know. If they haven’t saved, they still don’t realise the path is missing because the default / is very small and subtle. It’s also a very small target area for such a critical step in creating a page view. (P3)

    screenshot of the Views UI page showing the easy-to-miss default path setting

    Possible solution:

    • Replace the / with text such as ‘path is undefined’

    #1831142: Path is never empty in option summary.

  8. Moderate ‘View page’ link goes to the home if the path isn’t set, causing confusion because people think that is what they created when in fact its not.

    Possible solution:

    • ‘View page’ is not an active link until the view has been saved

    #1831696: View page link goes nowhere, if you have not saved

  9. Moderate ‘All displays” is the default option, even when there’s only a single display. This is unnecessary and is one more decision a new user has to fret over.

    Possible solutions:

    • Hide “all display/This page” options e.g. filtering when there is only one.
    • Significantly decrease the visual importance of this functionality.

    #1836384: The views UI should display “All Displays” option only when there are more 1 displays.

  10. Moderate Other related issue to “All displays”/ “Override this display”: In order to override a display you have to go to the drop down on the top left of the modal and to apply the display you have to go to the bottom right. As users are focused on the task at hand, they don’t realize that they have to change the filter and may accidentally apply to all displays. What makes the matter worse is that when it is changed to “Override this display”, the label changes to “Apply (this display)” but the difference is so subtle that the user did not register the difference.
    #1836392: In the Views UI, the interaction pattern of “All displays”/ “Override this display” is confusing
  11. Moderate Participant did not understand the Preview was updated automatically. They didn’t use it, and just went straight to ‘view page’.

    Possible solution:

    • Show when the last time the preview was updated

    #1836470: Participant did not understand the Preview was updated automatically

  12. Moderate On Views listing, participants have trouble determining what’s active and what’s disabled.

    Possible solutions:

    • Split them into two tables, with disabled underneath
    • Have the inactive views on a separate page, which is a gallery of possible views.
    • Change them to a tabbed display, with Active being the default tab
    • Fix the accessibility of the listing:

    #1830822: Split the Views UI listing into two tables for enabled and disabled

  13. Moderate The More section only contains the Administrative title. The “More” area is perceived as this magical area, where you might find something magical. Participants opened it and were disappointed to only find the administrative title.

    Possible solutions:

    • Move it out of this section until there’s more than one item, or label it with something less vague.:
    • Only show it upon clicking a checkbox using states, e.g. Add administrative title.

    #1831080: Remove the “More” area from the bottom of handler configuration

  14. Moderate ‘Theme: information’ label is misleading.

    “Theme information name is misleading because we are talking about templates. I have been on this page so many times and it’s still complicated. How are you supposed to know that this has theme’s real output?” (P4)

    Another participant didn’t know what Theme: information meant.

    Possible solution:

    • It should be relabeled to something like Theming: templates (P4)

    #1833834: Theme: information label is unclear

  15. Moderate People often click the “Settings” link when they see “HTML list | Settings” which causes them to miss how to change the main formatter settings.

    Possible solutions:

    • Merge the two settings
    • Make settings a tab of HTML list.
  16. Moderate When adding a field, “Create a label” is checked by default but we observed most people deselecting this. It’s only mostly useful for table display. (P4, P6, P7, P3). Needs more discussion to determine if this observation is accurate.

    Possible solution:

    • Deselect by default, collapse options. Limit # of items isn’t labeled so participant was unsure how to limit items on a block display. Assumed Pager label was specific to pages.

    #1831674: “Create a label” should be off by default, with an opt-in for style plugins

Less-actionable issues

  • There are 3 places the user sees for titling the page. (P2) http://screencast.com/t/S3BL6wdcflj
  • Medium: Help text is not helpful “also look for node and node author” (P4)
  • Large: Participants arent’ clear on what contextual filters are or when to use them (P2, P4)
  • Large: Participants arent’ clear on what relationships are or when to use them (P2, P4)
  • Medium: Grouping on fields is not widely understood
  • Grid display is not responsive because it is table based (P1)
  • Format level doesn’t signal about display (HTML/settings) (P6 & P7)
  • Preview contextual filter doesn’t have format settings (P6)
  • Large: observed people applying changes to All displays when they meant to override

Next steps

We will discuss the issues and explore other alternatives in the Drupal core issue queue. Relevant issues are tagged BADCamp2012UX.

Video recordings (YouTube)

Participant 1
Participant 2
Participant 3
Participant 4
Participant 5
Participant 6
Participant 7
Participant 8 (new user)

Upcoming Network Maintenance (Sat. Nov 10th, Mon. Nov 12, Wed. Nov 14th)

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Drupal 7.17 released

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Drupal 7.16 released

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Drupal.org marketplace upgrade

The Marketplace section on Drupal.org has been revamped through major changes. Most of it happened a couple of weeks ago, but some are as recent as this week. This post will give you quick overview of what has changed and what you need to know and do right now to keep your Marketplace listing up-to-date.

If you don’t want to read all the details, jump to What is going on next, that is important for your listing.

So what changed?

The structure

When the work was begun the old services pages (part of the handbook) were removed and the new marketplace was titled “Marketplace preview.” That interim title is gone, the old handbooks are gone, and the Marketplace now has 3 sections:

Hosting section stayed completely the same. As for the other two – there are some updates.

Drupal Services now has 2 listings: Featured providers and All providers, with Featured section being the landing page of the Marketplace.

Training section is also now a view of organization nodes similar to the Services section. The fields shown in this view are Title, Training url and Training description, so make sure to fill those if you want to be listed.

The Hosting, Training and Marketplace displays all pull from the same fundamental organization node type.

The rules

After much discussion and weighing of different perspectives and goals we now have new Marketplace guidelines in place, which describe what each section means, what you need to do to get listed, what is the process.

Items to note:

  • Contributions back to the community is the first and main requirement to be listed in the Marketplace.
  • Organization pages need to be updated at least once per year. If you haven’t updated yours for more then 12 month, we will remind you via your company’s issue and wait 2 weeks for you to update the node. If 2 weeks passed and node is still not updated, we will remove it from the listing.

What is going on next?

We keep working on marketplace improvements so changes above won’t be the last. 2 important things happened just this week:


Having a /drupalgive page and feed featured on Drupal Planet is now a strong recommendation for those companies wishing to be listed in the Featured section. For more information on /drupalgive initiative please see http://drupal.org/drupalgive.

Issue: #1783768: Proposal: make /drupalgive feed a requirement for getting featured


“Countries served” vocabulary has been renamed to “Locations”. From now on the purpose of that field is to display only countries where your company has physical offices. The field value was cleared for all companies, everyone is welcome to update their organization pages with the correct Locations.

Issue: #1765610: Change title of “Countries served” vocabulary to “Locations”

We also cleaned up Sectors and Services vocabularies, a lot of duplicate terms are gone, make sure to update those too.

Useful bits

Am I listed?

If you are listed in either Services or Training section you should see 1 or 2 of the following messages on the top of your organization page:

This organization is a Drupal services provider.
This organization is a Featured services provider.
This organization is a Training services provider.

The messages link to the sections of the Marketplace you are listed in.

What if there are no messages for me?

If there are no messages on the top of your organization page it means you are not listed in any section of the Marketplace.

To get listed you need to pass community review process outlined in the Marketplace guidelines.
First step is to request listing. To do so you need to edit your node and check one (or both) of the following:

Request listing in the Drupal services section.
Request listing in the Training section.

Once you save the node an issue will be created automatically in the Webmaster’s queue for each selected checkbox. The issue will indicate that you want to be listed, community members will review your node and comment on the issue. Reviews are performed by volunteers from our community, so please be patient as this process might take some time.

Where I can find an issue for my company?

If you are author of the organization node and you requested a listing – you will see one or both of the following messages on top of your organization page with the links to relevant issues:

Regarding Services listing communicate with webmasters using this issue.
Regarding Training listing communicate with webmasters using this issue.

Links to note:

  • We are trying to collect most frequently asked questions and answers in the Marketplace FAQ.
  • Issues related to Marketplace improvements have a tag drupal.org marketplace.
  • If you have questions or suggestions you can open an issue or come on IRC #drupal-contribute or #drupal-infrastructure channels.


Thanks goes to BarisW for his help with the latest improvements.

We are also very grateful to Drupal Association Volunteers and Supporting Partners, who have made all these improvements possible. The Supporting Partner Program crowd sources funds that pay for the development team’s time and Drupal.Org hosting costs. And volunteers are a key part of our team. They donate huge amounts of time and talent to help us make Drupal.org better.

Voting Open – Community Elections 2013

UPDATE: Voting closed 7 Oct 2012.
See https://association.drupal.org/election2013-results

Vote now for community elected “At Large” Directors of the Drupal Association!

In 2011 the Drupal Association was restructured and a new board was appointed. Most of the board are selected by a nominating committee who aim to ensure people on the board bring a range of skills and experience to the table. However, to make sure the community is always well represented there are also two directors chosen directly by the Drupal community “At Large”. These community elections are held to fill those two positions.

Voting is Open!

Voting is open until 23:59 UTC 7 Oct 2012 at https://association.drupal.org/vote2013

Who can vote?

You are eligible to vote if you have an account on drupal.org, logged in during the past 12 months, and created your account before 31 August 2012 when the election was announced.

How to vote?

Meet the candidates

Floh Klare (SirFiChi)
I’m a Sitebuilder. I use Drupal for personal projects. I’m active in the german community and a leader of the German Drupal-Initiative e.V. I can use Drupal for free and want to give something back. I want others to know, that they can do the same.

Todd Tomlinson (toddtomlinson)
36 years in the IT industry, global experience, prior board positions, non-profits, professor/teacher, live/eat/sleep Drupal.

J. Matthew Saunders (MatthewS)
I bring 17 years from the technology world, 13 years in Opensource, 6 years of highly active participation in the Drupal community, 8 years of nonprofit management in a US based Technology focused nonprofit, two VP board positions in nonprofits including policy development, and two university qualifications – one a Masters – focused on organizational management for nonprofits. I’m passionate about Drupal and adore the Drupal Community.

Chris Ward (chrischinchilla)
I got into Drupal several years ago, initially as a developer but more recently as a project manager, evangelist and community builder. I’d be keen on driving several initiatives: Cleaner, more efficient and user friendly documentation. Creating better case studies for Drupal, the whys and the business benefits of using it. Better community building across the wider tech community, i.e. encouraging Drupal experts to talk at relevant more general conferences and events aside from just Drupal related events.

Valery Lourie (valthebald)
Teaching and course-organizing experience, as well as connection to non-English speaking developer communities in Israel and former Soviet Union (Russian is my mother tongue). I think both communities are “under-penetrated” by Drupal today.

Aimee Maree Forsstrom (amaree)
A Community perspective from a non rock-star roots level and experience managing Open Source Conferences and Meet-ups, Passion 😀

 Narayan Newton (nnewton)
I got into Drupal while I was a student systems administrator at The Oregon State Open Source Lab, the hosting providers for Drupal.org. I hope to represent the Infrastructure Team. A major responsibility of the DA Board is infrastructure and currently there is no voice on the board for that largely volunteer team. I also hope to provide some sensible review of future technical projects funded and managed by the board.

David Stoline (dstol)
I want to be part of the DA Board because I want to help shape the future and growth of the community. Having worked with the DA in the past, through my organizational experience with CapitalCamp, I bring a different perspective that will help the overall governance of the DA.

Joseph Bachana (joebachana)
I have been working in technology consulting for my entire adult life. Over the years, I learned not only about how to implement Drupal successfully, but what it means to be committed to an open source project. I want to help and use both my expertise and creative thinking as well as what resources I can apply to help the Drupal project be even more successful in the coming years.

Pedro Cambra (pcambra)
I’m a Spanish Drupal Developer very involved with the community since 2008, I’ve helped to organize 6 different events in Spain since then, including the this year’s Drupal Developer Days in Barcelona, my motivations are to represent the Spanish speaking community in the board and help to grow stronger binds between the Drupal Association and the local groups all around the globe, no matter what their current size is. My main objective: having a Drupalcon in South America sooner than later.
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Jeremy Thorson (jthorson)
I’m an active Drupal hobbyist, and the guy who keeps the testbots running. What I bring to the board is i) passion, drive, and demonstrated initiative, ii) a balanced approach to conflicts and challenges, iii) relevant background and non-profit board experience, and iv) a wide breadth of perspectives, representing multiple roles in the community. See my blog post for specific details!
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Simon Hobbs (sime)
I’m Simon Hobbs (sime). I’m a Drupal consultant and trainer from Melbourne, Australia. I am a former business owner of a Drupal services company and have been active in the Australian Drupal community. I believe in a stable, conservative Drupal Association with a realistic scope. My personal focus would be on training, how to continue and strengthen the DA’s global training initiative.

Morten Birch Heide-Jørgensen (mortendk)
I run a small Drupal design & theme shop in Denmark: geek Röyale. We as a board need to shift focus back to the community, reevaluate how the organization operates, clearly define why the organization exists, and for whom it exists, and do better as leaders to support and grow Drupal worldwide.

Steven De Costa (starl3n)
I’ll bring a strategic marketing framework to the Board – but don’t confuse this with posters and tweets 🙂 I want to help the DA define its position within a broader economic view of the IT services industry and leverage the flow of value to benefit the Drupal project. 1st up: I’ll aim to bring new funds via Govt memberships and a grants funding initiative.
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Bert Boerland (bertboerland)
Bert has been active as a user, handbook writer, tester and evangelist since the Drupal’s early days op on drop.org and has a long standing track record in the Drupal community. He donated the Drupal.org domain to the community. This is ambitious, adding transparency, communicating the value of the DA when it comes to drupal.org, facilitating the diversity of local camps and making sure the DA is for everybody worldwide. I know however that I can help the DA here and am dedicated to do so.

Jeffrey A. ‘jam’ McGuire (horncologne)
If you’re contributing to Drupal, we’re on the same side – however and wherever it is that you contribute. I would bring multilingual-, multicultural-, non-US-centric perspective; experience from international community – and business worlds; as well as communication – and marketing skills to the board.
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Forest Mars (forestmars)
New York based hypermedia architect working with Drupal for over 5 years in business, media, and the non-profit sector. I’d like to see contact fine-tuned between the board and the community-at-large, a task that requires not only impeccable communication, but also a nuanced understanding of the complex mix of divergent goals and even tensions which make up the project and surrounding community. Such an understanding naturally gives rise to the desire to contribute exactly what’s needed to bring our stated goals to fruition, reflected in attendance – if not yet participation – at our newly open and, incredibly exciting, DA board meetings.

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Voting is open until 23:59UTC 7 Oct 2012 at https://association.drupal.org/vote2013



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