Drupal 8 UX research studies: how you can help improve Drupal?

UPDATE: We've finished running studies for this initial period. Analysis and findings now published.

Usability studies are one of the best ways to keep improving Drupal 8. We want to speak with people who create or edit content on the web to take part in a UX research study to help improve Drupal 8.

This study will help us learn how content creators move between admin and non-admin interfaces. Editing content is a key part of working with Drupal, so understanding this interaction is essential.

Drupal.org Drupal 7 upgrade going live, prospective launch date and downtime

After a month-long Community QA, we are getting ready to deploy Drupal.org D7 upgrade. During the last couple of weeks we were limiting the number of ‘to-do before launch’ issues to those that are absolutely essential. Currently our launch blocker list consists of the 12 open issues.

We took a look at the upcoming Drupal events to find a quiet week, which won’t interfere with major camps and sprints, and..

Launch date

If by Monday, 28 of October, launch blocker issue is down to 0, we plan to deploy the Drupal.org D7 upgrade on Thursday, 31 of October.

If by Monday, 28 of October, the launch blocker issue count is higher than 0, we will have to postpone deployment for a few weeks.

What will the launch look like?

Drupal.org will be down for approximately 24 hours during deployment. It will be replaced by a static page with a download link for the latest Drupal release available. Sub-sites will stay online, but with user logins disabled. We realize this will be a significant inconvenience for users who rely on Drupal.org, and will try to bring it up as soon as possible.

1 Million Users on Drupal.org!

If you have been on Drupal.org today, you may have noticed something interesting near the bottom of the page. At some point during the past 24 hours, the millionth user joined Drupal.org!

Drupal.org screenshot

It is tempting to overlook those statistics at the bottom of the page because our eyes tend to skip over what they see repeatedly. But it’s worth taking a moment to think about it. 228 countries. 181 languages. And counting.

At-Large Board Elections Announced

Congratulations to Mortendk and Matthew Saunders, our newly elected Directors at Large, representing the community on the board of the Drupal Association. Please join me in thanking all the candidates who put themselves forward to stand for election.

Drupal.org D7 Upgrade: Ready for Community QA!

It’s time! After almost a year and a half of work we are at the finish line. D7 Drupal.org is open for community QA. We invite you all to login to the site, look around, do some of the things you usually do on Drupal.org and report any bugs or problems you encounter. Community QA will last for at least 3 weeks. The launch date will be sometime after DrupalCon Prague and will depend on how many bugs you find. :)

Before You Start

For this upgrade project our goal was a straight port to Drupal 7. No major regressions, no major new features. And indeed nearly all sections and pages on D7 Drupal.org will look the same as they do now on Drupal 6. There is only one page which will change significantly - the issue page. Awhile ago we wrote a detailed explanation of the changes and why they had to happen. Please be sure to review the post before going to the QA site.

Note that patch testing on the QA site may be somewhat delayed relative to production, but with patience, should be fully functional.

Ready to Do Some QA?

Great! We’ve set up a dedicated issue queue for the process. You’ll find instructions on the project page: https://drupal.org/project/d7qa.

Update: Git service interruption on drupal.org

Update: Pushes to contributed modules and sandboxes are once again possible, thanks to the work of Sam Boyer and Damien Tournoud. Go forth and contribute!

We are experiencing technical problems with repositories hosted on the Drupal.org git server.

The Drupal.org infrastructure team has been informed and is working to resolve the issue.

Anonymous cloning and pulling from the repositories is still possible. Short service interruptions may occur while the team is working on the problem.

Our apologies for disrupting your work.

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