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There's something missing from Drupal.org

Recently I've been thinking a lot about what is missing that could help the Drupal project achieve greater success. This was partly in preparation for the Drupal Strategy Summit but also a continuation of research I was already working on.

Many Drupal friendships a created in issue queues, over IRC, Twitter or in Google Hangouts and often across continents. I can think of many personal examples. Maybe you can too?. So it seems incongruous to me that Drupal.org has no community search feature. We are one of the world's biggest communities but no way to find one another.

There is a helpful Where is the Drupal Community?page but it lacks the ability to search of people like me, people having shared interests, shared motivations to contribute, people I can collaborate with.I feel like this is a massive missed opportunity to connect like minds, if such a tool existed new comers are far more likely to have a positive experience and find an outlet for their passion.

I have written a proposal in the Issue Queue for Drupal.org content. If you have thoughts around this feature request, I'd appreciate you joining the conversation.

Introducing Drupal's vast Creative Commons image library

Photo courtesy of Boris Baldinger

For several years a team of photographers have captured the essence of DrupalCon through the lens. Michael Cannon and more recently Suzanne Coates have done a sterling job formalising the photographic efforts into a professional (volunteer) operation. Not only is this a prime example of contributing to open source without code, we have curated a vast library of Creative Commons licensed images available for anyone to use.

Our long term objective has been to create a large library of high quality Drupal related imagery available for free so journalists, bloggers, Drupal end users and community members can easily find photos to brighten your news articles, blog posts, marketing materials. Please respect the CC licensing which requires attribution to the photographer. I look forward to seeing many more of these images appearing across the internet.

Below are links to the Flickr Groups for Drupal and DrupalCon's leading to over 10,000 images. Huge thanks to the many photographers who have contributed to this vast and colourful resource.

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