I am spearheading the Drupal 8 release celebrations on social media Thursday 19th November. Perhaps, like me, you have been working behind the scenes on a personal project to mark this significant occasion. If you have a website, special party, publicity stunt planned I'm keen to know about it. Come the big day I will use Drupal's social media and @Celebr8D8 to tell the world about your event, site, stunt.
Use my Drupal.org contact form to let me know about your release day plans. Thanks!
For some time I have been using official Drupal social media channels to champion individuals and communities in countries beyond USA and Europe. To recognise that Drupal is a truly global community, where all are welcome and do take part. Now I have some interesting and fascinating evidence that this is true, read on.
During DrupalCamp London I spoke with Vijayachandran Mani (vijaycs85) on this topic and how interesting it would be to see a visualisation of contributors to Drupal 8 based on country. I speculated that it might paint a rather unexpected picture.
Using Lauri Eskola's DrupalCores.com it is now possible to track people with core commit mentions by country. Following the groundswell in interest for my Drupal 8 tagcloud at DrupalCon Barcelona, I could not resist producing one by country and I think it reveals some unexpected statistics.
The top 10 countries are currently United States, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Australia, France, Ukraine. There are many countries teetering on the top 10 including Switzerland, Hungary, Finland, Denmark, Russian Federation so it's all to play for!
I plan to release one final tag cloud on the day that Drupal 8 is released, listing the top 1000 personal contributors. So there's never been a better time to get some more commits to core, get your name down on this historic document. If you want advice on how to start contributing to core visit the Core contribution mentoring area of Drupal.org
The cloud above is raw data, people with core commit mentions by country.
The above tag cloud illustrates people with core commit mentions by country per 1 million head of population. What this shows is some smaller countries have greater number of contributors when compared to their smaller population. Data provided by Dave Hall.