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Let's All Build a Hat Rack

There's no denying volunteers are the beating heart of open source projects. Without the countless hours invested by thousands of dedicated people projects like Drupal would not have achieved such great strides forward.

In a recent article I spoke about the unsung heroes of Drupal and how I felt they should be celebrated better. This week I read an article "A Place to Hang Your Hat" by @lhawthorn and it really resonated. I encourage you to take a look.

If someone has volunteered to help your project, take the time to write a 2-3 sentence summary of what they did to help.

If we all do as Leslie suggests (Tweet a thank you using #LABHR, write a linkedIn recommendation, send the individual an email) what a wave of positivity would sweep through the (Drupal) community.

So I've started by writing a recommendation for Baris Wanschers on LinkedIn. What will you do? Who will you thank?

Drupal Association Community Survey 2014

Every year The Drupal Association conducts a community survey to help gauge success, mood of the community and inform future strategies. The 2014 report is now available (link below).

Interesting Findings

  • Drupal 8 appears to be a given on the vast majority of respondents’ plans. About 80% say they plan to adopt Drupal 8. Another 8% have plans to evaluate the release.
  • Top Drupal challenges for respondents include recruiting and keeping talent, as well as finding high quality documentation for modules
  • Organisation size varied widely with the largest portion of respondents being either freelancers or in organisations under 25 people
  • The majority of respondents work for design/development shops
  • About half the respondents identified themselves as Developers
  • Less than half of the respondents say they are Drupal Association members
  • The more advanced a person’s skill level is, the more likely they are to be a Drupal Association member
  • The vast majority of respondents say they would go to every DrupalCon if their company paid for them to go

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