Community posts: Drupal Community Update – September 2021

This month, we have reports on community activity from:

  • Bugsmash, by Mohit Aghera
  • DrupalCon Europe Advisory Group, by Cecilia Levy
  • Drupal Trivia, by Stella Power
  • Security Team, by Tim Lehnen

Where can you help to drive forward the Drupal project?

Bugsmash, by Mohit Aghera

What have been your priorities in the last three months?

Primarily we have been more focused on the streamlining triage process and have been trying a few things lately.
The team actively took part in Drupal South 2021 code sprint and had significant representation from everyone in the community. Thanks to the amazing mentors like larowlan, jibran, Kristen Pol, quietone, Griffyn Heels, and many other folks.

Apart from that, recent updates include the Bug-smash initiative keynote session by mohit_aghera and Spokje.
Recently, we tried another async meeting approach for triage meetings and it was productive as well as well-received within the contributors.
Apart from triage meetings, the team also focussed more on reviewing open issues and cleaning up issue queues by closing irrelevant issues.

And what has been your greatest success in the last three months?

We did significant work in the last quarter. Here are the statistics from 1, June 2021 till 28th August 2021. Thanks to Lendude for coming up with bug statistics tools. There is a more interactive tool hosted here https://lendude.gitlab.io/bug-smash-initiative/

As on: 2021-08-28

From: 2021-06-06 to 2021-08-28
Only bugs tagged Bug Smash Initiative
Open: 28, including 5 fixed
Closed: 315

Age Count
0 44
1 24
2 15
3 15
4 16
5 38
6 20
7 27
8 29
9 21
10 24
11 14
12 13
13 8
14 5
16 1
17 1
Status Count
closed (duplicate) 56
closed (won’t fix) 8
closed (works as designed) 26
closed (cannot reproduce) 85
closed (outdated) 76
closed (fixed) 64

Based on statistics, we have approximately 2004 year reduction in the total number of years of all open bugs that are tagged with Bug-smash Initiative.

The team actively worked on Drupal South 2021 contribution sprint and making it a success.
A new page (https://www.drupal.org/community-initiatives/bug-smash-initiative/goals) for tracking Bug Smash statistics and goals, ‘Goals’, has been added to the initiative page (link in the channel topic). Thanks to @jhodgdon for adding it to the menu.

What has been your greatest challenge in the last three months?

Time to work on contributions is the biggest challenge everyone is facing.

Apart from that, we need to focus more on reviewing issues as there are approx 200 issues that need review.

Primarily, we are trying to address that issue within the team by doing review swaps. However, more help from the community will speed up the process.

Do you have a “call to action” you want to make to the Drupal Community?

We welcome everyone to join the async Bug-smash initiative meetings which remain open for 24 hours. You can also join triage meetings. You aren’t comfortable in writing code, you can always spend time doing issue triage, review patches, etc.

The initiative page has all the relevant information about the timing and overall activities related to the initiative. Thanks to quietone, dww, jibran for maintaining initiative-related documentation.

As mentioned earlier, we have many issues that are in review state, so folks are encouraged to do a quick review of issues.

DrupalCon Europe Advisory Group, by Cecilia Levy

What have been your priorities in the last three months?

Our top priorities in the last three months were:
– Build a qualitative program (impactful and captivating keynotes & informative and diverse sessions selected from hundreds of submissions) based on a schedule alternating daily to allow a wider audience attending the event.
– Make the most of the event platform we are using this year: Hopin; and provide the best experience possible for our attendees and sponsors.

And what has been your greatest success in the last three months?

As a first edition gathering for DrupalCon Europe with local Camps and Communities, we have been working hard on building the most comprehensive event possible and we are proud to be sharing the floor this year with not less than 7 camps & local associations.
>> https://events.drupal.org/europe2021/join-your-local-community-drupalcon
We know being the firsts to support a new concept is not always an easy decision. That is why we want to express our deepest thanks to the Camps & local Communities which believe in the conjunct project and are already on-board for DrupalCon Europe 2021. They will give another opportunity for their members to experience DrupalCon for Drupal’s 20th anniversary.

What has been your greatest challenge in the last three months?

Our greatest challenge in general is to organize another online event for a target audience who is used to spend hours behind screens and is also tired from online events.
Even if Europe is reopening, we do not know what the future holds and we want to prioritize the safety and health of our participants. Therefore, we are giving our best to make DrupalCon Europe 2021 THE leading event in Europe, by giving exclusive access to insights from open source and tech industry leaders, as well as the broader Drupal ecosystem. It’s also a great opportunity to meet peers and have fun.

We truly hope to meet you all in person next year (fingers crossed), but we also know that to do that and for DrupalCon in Europe to sustain, we need this year’s edition to be a success in terms of participation and sponsorship.

Do you have a “call to action” you want to make to the Drupal Community?

Help us spread the word about DrupalCon Europe happening in less than a month! If you are not registered yet and don’t want to have the FOMO: Buy your ticket here >> https://events.drupal.org/europe2021/registration-information

Drupal Trivia, by Stella Power

What have been your priorities in the last three months?

Building the bank of questions for Trivia night

Do you have a “call to action” you want to make to the Drupal Community?

Yes, I need someone to help me with writing trivia questions. DrupalCon Europe is next month, so we’re busy getting ready for that.

Security Team, by Tim Lehnen

What have been your priorities in the last three months?

Preparing for the end of life of Drupal 8, when older versions of core and modules that only have Drupal 8 releases will become unsupported. We strongly encourage maintainers to update their modules for D9, or to seek co-maintainers!

And what has been your greatest success in the last three months?

The security team has continued to have a great relationship with contrib and core maintainers in ensuring that vulnerabilities are responsibly disclosed and patches provided in the appropriate window.

What has been your greatest challenge in the last three months?

Third party dependencies (such as CKEditor) can make scheduling security releases a challenge. We have had to support some releases not on our normal release day to accommodate their schedules. We have mitigated this with PSA messaging to the community.

Do you have a “call to action” you want to make to the Drupal Community?

Update your modules for Drupal 9 compatibility, and seek new maintainers if you need help. DrupalCon Europe contribution time is a great place to look for new people.


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