Contribute by Saying #DrupalThanks at DrupalCon Baltimore

Apr 26, 2017 · by Alex Dergachev

Drupal and the Drupal community are driven by volunteer contributions. There are many great ways to contribute that don't involve writing a single line of code. You could report a bug, edit a documentation page, test a new Drupal 8 feature, help a beginner on a forum, or help organize a meetup. Despite this, many Drupalers are shy about diving in.

After some reflection, the Evolving Web team realized that there's one way to contribute to the community that's really simple: thanking someone who has helped you. Someone who built a module you used, helped you in the issue queue, or has done a presentation you liked. It doesn't matter if you do it privately, publicly on Twitter, or whether you're Dries or a total beginner. 

As part of Evolving Web's "Drupal Love" sponsorship at DrupalCon Baltimore, we're hoping to encourage spontaneous expressions of gratitude by handing out 1,000 flowers, with a simple request: Give this flower to someone at DrupalCon Baltimore who helped you in some way. Spread #DrupalThanks.

#DrupalThanks Campaign

It will make both you and them feel great, encourage contributions, prevent burnout, and maybe even start a virtuous cycle. Thanking somebody costs nothing, yet can mean so much.

Evolving Web will be handing out several prizes to both givers and receivers of public thanks, which include a day of free Drupal Training, a subsidized trip to attend DrupalCamp Montréal this June 15-18, and flower bouquets delivered to your home or office.

To participate, just thank someone publicly on Twitter, like this:

Mike Cannon taking a photo at Evolving Web's training at Drupalcon Baltimore

or like this:

Tweet of #DrupalThanks

or like this:

Tweet of #DrupalThanks

Or if you'd prefer to do it offline, come by our Evolving Web's booth and tell us who you are thanking.

Alex Dergachev hugging big walking Druplicon at Drupalcon Paris

 

Alex Dergachev

About the author, Alex Dergachev

As the technical and business lead for Evolving Web, Alex has built a team of disciplined software developers, designers, and project managers capable of quickly and reliably executing enterprise-level Drupal implementation projects for clients such as Travelocity, Linux Foundation, McGill University, and the Government of Canada. He has a strong interest in technical architecture and development best practices, such as design patterns, agile methodology, development frameworks, and the enterprise content management system space.

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