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  • Drupalcon is dead. Long live Drupalcon?   5 years 38 weeks ago

    There are already two DrupalCons for different target groups, though unintentional - the North American conference has always been more geared towards those interested in learning about Drupal, in contrast to the European one which has attracted a crowd that's already doing Drupal. As a result, the European conference have been smaller.

    As far as I can tell, the European conferences have maintained more of a community feel. Sadly I missed DrupalCon SF so I can only compare with DrupalCon DC. The DC conference was larger scale and more commercially focused compared to Paris and CPH.

    It's nice that Drupal grows and to many of us whose business is tied to Drupal, its growth means our business can also grow. But growth should never be a goal in itself. It should be a means, a means of reach. Reach is where WP and Joomla beat Drupal totally. We have a long way to go when it comes to making Drupal accessible and usable to even more people.

  • Drupalcon is dead. Long live Drupalcon?   5 years 38 weeks ago

    As Drupalcons grow biiig, local events grow up "underneath", as a second layer. You've mentioned Drupalcon Barcelona. The venue that was used for the Barcelona Drupalcon just filled in this past spring for the Barcelona Drupalcamp (huuuu!). So local interest is growing as much as international was a few years back. In many cases, Drupalcamps take the place as the community organized, person-to-person meetups. In the closing keynote at Copenhagen, there were four big international European events announced for businesses, designers, developers and newcomers.

    While this "second tier" of events is thriving, Drupalcons are in many ways what you make out of it. I've used the time to talk to people, get introduced to faces I've seen before at multiple events but never approached, attend BoFs, get issues fixed, etc. I think Drupalcons still provide space for these things, its up to you to use its facilities that way. As long as there are people interested in this kind of approach attending the event, Drupalcons will provide services for them AFAIS.

  • Drupalcon is dead. Long live Drupalcon?   5 years 38 weeks ago

    I agree.

    But not only Drupalcon is changing, Drupal is changing too. D7, if it ever arrives, is a much larger beast, targeted to the enterprise. The strategies of the Community members will have to change accordingly.

    The individual Drupaler who could make an impact in the community and at the Cons may be collateral damage to this development. That's not necessarily a bad thing but it changes the nature of the game. And it is certainly going to change the spirit of the community.

  • Drupalcon is dead. Long live Drupalcon?   5 years 38 weeks ago

    As the co-organizer of speakers for Drupalcon Chicago, I'd like to address the comments related to that. I have been vocally critical of the speaker selection process at the past several Drupalcons and wanted to make an effort to improve this process for Drupalcon Chicago.

    One of the bigger issues in past Drupalcons has been the voting process, especially when you look at the number of submissions that come in. Drupalcon SF had, I believe, over 300 session submissions. It is extremely difficult, if you are a newcomer to the community, to get your session to stand out in this kind of crowd, especially when you are competing with the rockstars of the community who, lets be honest, are going to get chosen anyways. By recruiting these speakers in advance we actually level the playing field quite a bit for other speakers to make their voices heard and get their sessions seen.

    Another reason to recruit speakers in advance is to try and broaden the spectrum of topics. We can reach out to someone who might not normally speak and say 'Hey we love what you're doing with would you like to speak on the UX/business/community/etc track?' While I have no illusions that we will have as many sessions in these tracks as in the developer/site builder tracks, we wanted to make a real effort towards increasing the diversity both of topics and presenters, and reaching out to strong speakers allows us to do this.

    I think these are enormously positive moves for the conference, and while they are big shift away from the way past Drupalcons are done, I think people will very much appreciate the conference that results in addition to the other plans we have like getting the speakers announced much earlier (for both speaker and attendee planning) as well as increased transparency of the selection process.

    More input? Bring it on! We'd love to hear it.

  • Drupalcon is dead. Long live Drupalcon?   5 years 38 weeks ago

    I couldn't agree more about the "cringe worthy" closing keynote. I felt that it made Drupal look like it had "jumped the shark" a bit. It became no longer about the community and about the presenters on the stage. We the community are what make Drupal what it is. Frankly it kinda makes me wonder if Drupalcons are still worth going to or if it would be better to just stick with making the local community better and keeping on d.o.

  • Drupalcon is dead. Long live Drupalcon?   5 years 38 weeks ago

    Has anyone suggesting branching into two kinds of DrupalCons? One big introductory one for newcomers, and then one smaller one for developers/themers/contributors that would more closely resemble DrupalCons past? I thought SF was already too large to enjoy as much as DrupalCons past.

  • Drupalcon is dead. Long live Drupalcon?   5 years 38 weeks ago

    The drupalradar folks did a yeoman job of recording stuff at the conference, but in my opinion, they should stay behind the camera.

    As I've said to lots of folks directly after the closing session, I found their moderation embarrassing to the drupal community present, and to anyone watching remotely. They were transparently shilling for sponsors, standing up and talking about nothing, loudly putting in filler where we were just trying to listen to the people on stage, and generally turning to whole event into a slightly skewed reality TV show.

    The kitten killers, and the hardworking CPH team were the only redeeming features of a strained and disenchanting closing session. For the sake of the project, I sincerely hope that no one was watching the much hyped live feed. It has to be seen to be believe how bad it was, but if you weren't put through it, don't bother watching it.

    Hey, they were just trying to help, but I found it quite damaging to the community spirit of the conference. I saw several prominent developers stagger out of the session as though someone had just kicked their puppies.

    You can't keep stuff like this from happening from time to time except by having a intuitive sense for the community, but let's learn something from this one.

  • Adding a simple twitter feed to your Drupal site   5 years 38 weeks ago

    I was trying out the Twitter_Pull project but this makes it a lot easier to customize. Thanks for the awesome post!

  • Trust   5 years 39 weeks ago

    I find myself in this predicament sometimes too Scott. There was a similar case where this guy with a very small dog goes around and asks a mere $2 to apparently get his dog home. That excuse didn't sell in my books, so I didn't trust him. Since then I've seen this guy six times around the city using the same excuse to try to 'con' people for money.

    I do think what you said really goes a long way. "It's better to put trust in people and risk losing out a bit financially rather than putting trust in no one and not losing a cent." But what do we trust? Whom do we trust? How do we know. I mean putting myself in the same shoes, suppose if I was stranded and no money and used the excuse: Can you help me, I am lost I need a way to get home that is all that I ask. I hope someone would help me. In turn shouldn't I do that for another if they ask me the same? Why is it that when it comes to "me" the rules are different than when it comes to another?

    The most interesting story was when I went downtown one night and walking along. A homeless asked me for some money. He looked as though he had been feeding himself on alcohol and drugs. For some odd reason I told him, buddy I am a homeless myself now. To this he replied, I am sorry to hear that my friend, take this quarter we all share what we have. This is the first time this has ever happen and to that I gave him all that I had in my wallet that night. Which was not much it was only $7 bucks or something like that but just for his honesty and caring he deserved it.

    Who to trust? Thats a good question... I guess trust is given until it is revoked by an act of dishonesty? Sure that works for me :)

    BTW I wouldn't have given him $50. Just the whole situation seems kind of shady to me.

  • An overview of site building in Wedful (Drupal install profiles, Aegir, and features)   5 years 39 weeks ago

    Thanks Sean! I actually plan on writing a full post on that stuff, as it was quite complex. However, the way to make custom sign-up forms has changed between alpha8 -> alpha9 and I need to redo my code. After I've done that I'll probably post a new entry on how :).

  • An overview of site building in Wedful (Drupal install profiles, Aegir, and features)   5 years 39 weeks ago


    First, let me say that I appreciate this post. Aegir is new enough that it can be hard to find articles that detail what others have done to use it in a practical way.

    Second, I am curious about the custom sign-up form. Could you elaborate on that a little bit? Please feel free to send me an email if you do not want to go into details in the comments.


  • Creating Custom Triggers in Drupal   5 years 39 weeks ago

    I was just struggling with the "'No available actions for this trigger'" problem in Actions 5.2.x for Drupal 5 (which is a backport of D6 triggers & actions - don't ask me why I'm doing development on a D5 site, it's a long story) and I finally figured out one very important point that's mentioned but not stressed in the documentation for hook_hook_info: Namely, that if you're implementing a trigger for a custom hook in a custom module:

    * The outermost array key must be the name of your module.
    * The next key represents the name of the hook that triggers the events, but for custom and contributed modules, it actually must be the name of your module.

    What this means is that you must name your custom hook after your module... for example if your module's name is 'foo', then you'd create:

    /** Implementation of hook_foo(). */
    function foo_foo($op, $data) {

    Once I switched to this convention, the actions pulldown appeared on my new tab as expected, no triggerunlock module required. I have not tried this in D6, but I expect it would work.

  • Creating nodes in Drupal install profiles   5 years 41 weeks ago

    That's right, because my users are using a wysiwyg (ck) it was easiest to just give them Full HTML... plus it's their website, so if they want to mess it up with HTML that's their call ;-). I suppose later I could fine tune a filter so that it only allowed the markup the wysiwyg supports, but it's not that important for now.

  • Creating nodes in Drupal install profiles   5 years 41 weeks ago

    Very cool, Scott - but doesn't this mean that your users need to have a certain role so they can edit the node, since the input format is "Full HTML"? Otherwise they'll get an "access denied"...or are you allowing your users the ability to use the Full HTML input format?

  • Trust   5 years 42 weeks ago

    You're lucky when you have someone whose judgment you can trust enough when you're doubting your own. And you're right about the financial risks - unless you've got a lot of spare cash your lack of funds will prevent you from losing too much. One guy gave me such a good story I gave him the $10 just for his dramatic performance. He undoubtedly needed the money for something, just probably not the story he gave me. (Car accident, wife in hospital, needed bus money, etc)

  • 6 tips for auditing Drupal contrib modules   5 years 43 weeks ago

    Documentation is a big one for me... vague or shoddy documentation is indicative of cut corners elsewhere.

    Van Halen has a section in their tour rider that requires a bowl of jelly beans in their dressing room, with the black ones picked out.

    Nobody in Van Halen even eats the jelly beans... that item is in the rider so that, if the jelly beans are presented properly, the tour manager knows that other, more important items have most likely been dealt with as well.

  • 6 tips for auditing Drupal contrib modules   5 years 43 weeks ago

    Thanks for the comments!

    Who the maintainer is is definitely very important, but not something that's overly useful for people who aren't active in the Drupal community. Also, quite often even good maintainers will give focus to some of their modules but leave others to gather dust. So it's not reliable all the time.

  • 6 tips for auditing Drupal contrib modules   5 years 43 weeks ago

    I'm not a coder, so peeking at the code doesn't do anything for me.

    If it's something 'light' that I can do in my theme's template.php, I'll do that.

    I do look at the maintainers of the project - if the maintainer is relatively new, with few contributions, I may just pass on it.

    But as Sun commented, the maintainer is a big factor. (Of course, if you don't give new contributors that chance, you may not see what they're capable of.)

  • Hooking into Drush and Aegir   5 years 44 weeks ago

    Cool! I think I could use that s3 code myself :)

  • Creating nodes in Drupal install profiles   5 years 44 weeks ago

    Thanks Steven that's a good call. I haven't used node_export myself but it seems like a good way to go about this. I can't imagine it would be too hard to get it to run an import in an install profile either.

  • Hooking into Drush and Aegir   5 years 44 weeks ago

    Many, many thanks for this, we just added mirroring backups to s3 with the following code in a file:

    function drush_cm_functions_post_provision_backup($url = NULL) {
    $backup_file = drush_get_option('backup_file');
    // Make sure a backup happened:
    if (is_file($backup_file)) {
    // Upload the file to the correct place in S3:
    $parts = array('cm-server-backups');
    $filename = basename($backup_file);
    list($site_name, $rest) = explode('-', $filename, 2);
    list($date, $time, $rest) = explode('.', $rest, 3);
    $year = substr($date, 0, 4);
    $month = substr($date, 4, 2);
    $day = substr($date, 6, 2);

    $parts[] = $site_name;
    $parts[] = "$year-$month";
    $parts[] = $day;
    $parts[] = $filename;

    $command = 's3cmd put %s s3://%s';

    $result = provision_shell_exec($command, $backup_file, implode('/', $parts));

    if (!$result && !drush_get_option('force', false)) {
    drush_set_error('PROVISION_BACKUP_FAILED', dt("Could not backup the file to S3"));

    else {
    drush_log(dt("Could not backup the file to S3 because I couldn't find: !backup_file", array('!backup_file' => $backup_file)), 'backup');


  • Creating nodes in Drupal install profiles   5 years 44 weeks ago

    The node export module ( and install profile API can work well together to export nodes, it does CCK taxonomy etc too. Mostly, it just makes exporting a lot easier.

  • 6 tips for auditing Drupal contrib modules   5 years 44 weeks ago

    My über-factor is missing:

    Tell me author(s) and/or maintainer(s) of a project, and I tell you what to expect.


    Nice theme! :)

  • Enabling multiple themes in Aegir install profiles   5 years 46 weeks ago

    I guess I think that you SHOULD be able to enable more than one theme in your install profile -- hence, bug. If it's fixed in D7, great.

  • Enabling multiple themes in Aegir install profiles   5 years 46 weeks ago

    I don't believe this is a bug, but actually a feature ;). I also don't think this is an issue in D7. I guess in an ideal world system_theme_data() would have a reset parameter.

    There are some related issues I found with this search.