The Drupal Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to help the Drupal community with fun­ding, infra­structure, events, promotion and distribution.

Since we launched the Drupal Association in January 2007, roughly one year ago, we (i) improved the infrastructure, (ii) we helped organize two international Drupal conferences, (iii) we established a relation with an accounting firm, (iv) we funded Drupal's presence at a number of events, (v) we started setting up fundraising campaigns, (vi) we entered into a relation with the Software Freedom Law Center, (vii) we are close to launching a Drupal Association membership model, etc.

In January 2008 we have to elect our second Board of Directors, so in this post, I'll explain you how you can help make a change. Despite the progress that we have made in 2007, we would like to ramp up our professionalism and activities in 2008. We are looking for people that want to become either a Permanent Member or a member of the Board of Directors, and that can provide leadership and experience to expand the reach of the Drupal Association and its activities.

If you are interested in helping to drive Drupal's explosive growth or if you want to help make a change in this world, you can submit your candidacy to become actively involved with the Drupal Association. Read on for more information ...

Currently, the Drupal Assocation is solely run by unpaid volunteers and we expect that our board members spend up to four hours/week working on their Drupal Association responsibilities and obligations. In other words, we are looking for people that are committed to help support and drive Drupal's explosive growth. Needless to say, it takes a fair amount of time and effort.

If you think you might be a good candidate, you can submit your application to become a Permanent Member of the Drupal Association at (As the current President of the Drupal Association, it is my role to coordinate the election process. This temporary site is not hosted on because it is likely to be used for the actual voting as well. Hosting it on would mean that several people would have access to the data and would be able to see who voted what. To protect people's votes, this site is temporary hosted on

All Permanent Members are listed on the membership register of the Drupal Association, filed with the Office of the Clerk of the Commercial Court of the Association's judicial district. Some Permanent Members are members of the Board of Directors. Permanent Members that are not members of the Board of Directors are referred to as Community Ambassadors. You can use to submit your candidacy to become a Community Ambassador and/or to become a member of the Board of Directors.

Permanent Member applications

The General Assembly consists of the Permanent Members, i.e. both the Board of Directors and the Community Ambassadors. The General Assembly does not have voting powers in the day-to-day operations of the Drupal Association. Their main responsibility is the appointment and removal of the Directors as well as amending the statutes. In a way, they police the Board of Directors -- if they are unhappy with the Board of Directors' performance, they can appoint or remove Directors. We expect that Permanent Members spend up to two hours/week working on their Drupal Association responsibilities and obligations. The General Assembly shall, by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the voting members decide on the actual admission of new Permanent Members.

Apply for a Permanent Membership.

Board of Director applications

The Board of Directors is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Drupal Association. They approve or decline proposals and work to implement those that are approved. For example, it is the Board of Directors that decides what hardware will be purchased, where the next Drupal Conference will be held, etc. They are also responsible for making sure these decisions are implemented; i.e. they raise money, they purchase and install hardware, they coordinate the organization of the Drupal conferences, etc. Being a member of the Board of Directors requires a strong commitment and is often considered to be hard work. We expect that Directors spend up to four hours/week working on their Drupal Association responsibilities and obligations.

The members of the Board of Directors are appointed by the General Assembly and may be removed at any time by the General Assembly. For both cases, a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of the present or represented Permanent Members is required. An appointed office is valid for a renewable term of two (2) years for the President, Treasurer and Secretary, and for one (1) year for other offices. A Director shall receive no remuneration unless otherwise decided by the General Assembly.

Apply for a Board of Directors Membership (check the corresponding option).

More details

For more details, consult the statutes of the Drupal Association at For a list of the current General Assembly, see


The deadline for submitting your candidacy is January 10th, 2008. The General Assembly will vote on the submissions on January 15th, 2008 at 20:00 CET.

If you are submitting your candidacy, you want to mark this date in your calendar as your presence is likely to be required. Details will follow.

Even if you are not submitting your candidacy, you are encouraged to create an account on and to ask the candidates questions in the comments of their application.


bonaparte’s picture

Great news. We have another opportunity to evangelize Drupal.

I tired to register an account at However, I did not receive the confirmation email. Therefore I am unable to login and apply. :( How can I resolve this? Many thanks.

Sudheer. S
Binary Vibes Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. | | |

Dries’s picture

Can you try requesting a password again? I've made some changes. Thanks.

bonaparte’s picture

Thanks, Dries. I have created an account. I will file the application soon.

Sudheer. S
Binary Vibes Information Technologies Pvt. Ltd. | | |

jredding’s picture

Check your spam filter. My email was caught by google's spam filter probably because of a missing SPF record and/or missing PTR (or a 1,000 other reasons)

Bevan’s picture

My account confirmation emails went to my spam box too

Dries’s picture

FYI, I posted a Drupal Association wishlist at

Dries’s picture

beginner’s picture

What election method is used for the election?
I certainly hope you don't use Plurality Voting, which is both the most common voting system in use, and also the worse.


Approval voting is very simple and also very good:

My personal favorite is Emocracy, which is very close mathematically to Approval Voting and Cardinal Ratings, but avoids the small pitfalls of both.
See an example Emocracy poll here: .

If you don't know what to chose, go for Approval Voting. It's simple and a very good method.

(edit: more information about Plurality Voting, which ultimately always lead to a nefarious duality: )

Dries’s picture

The election method is outlined in the statutes. I'll have to read up on your links, before I can tell you what system it is closest too.

sepeck’s picture

Please see the Statutes and Internal Regulations listed in the Association FAQ

-Steven Peck
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beginner’s picture

Dries, Sepeck,

Looking at the statutes (see: 1.3.3 Article 12: Voting Procedure), there is no real mention of the election method to be used. As usual, the statutes are written as if the common Plurality Voting were the only election method available.

The following statement is misleading (p.10):

Each Permanent Member shall be entitled to one vote.

Approval Voting is often misconstrued as allowing some people more than one vote because the voter can "approve of" more than one candidate. However, this is not true: the voter has only one vote, but is able to better express his/her opinion by providing a list of candidates they approve of (and disapproving of the others). Emocracy might seem fairer to some, because it expressly asks the voter to say "I like" or "I don't like" for each candidate. Mathematically, the two are very close, though, and part of a larger family of voting systems called "Cardinal Ratings" (a.k.a "Range Voting") where a grade is given to each candidate. But the "one man, one ballot" principle is upheld.

So, the statutes does not seem to explicitly say which election method to use. It merely seem to assume that there only one to chose from and that it's not worth mentioning. It's sad because in today's society, the default choice is the wrong choice, as far as election methods go.

Where do we submit bug reports for the statutes?

Happy New Year.

beginner’s picture

same p.14:

All decisions put to a vote by the Board of Directors shall be approved by a simple majority vote of the votes cast. Each Director shall be entitled to one vote.

There is absolutely no mention of the Election method used. You can have a simple majority decision made with Approval Voting (or Emocracy!) with each voter having one vote (one ballot).

mlncn’s picture

but in this case we're talking about adding some number of permanent members (so it's the top X vote getters, or maybe everyone who passes a threshold of support) and a handful of officers. This latter will probably more closely resemble consensus than anything else.

Looking toward the future though (especially with the possibility of a decision-making role for all members) agreed with beginner on putting more thought into this important aspect.

benjamin, Agaric Design Collective

benjamin, Agaric

beginner’s picture

With Approval Voting, it's simple. If there are n seats, we vote with one ballot and the n people with the highest number of votes get elected.

webchick’s picture

There is no cap on the number of Permanent Members, nor that of Board Members. Dries has set out a vision of what he feels would be the best configuration of the Drupal Association, but we might come to a consensus that we should have two directors in charge of communications, for example, and combine redesign manager and technical projects coordinator.

beginner’s picture

This thread is about "Drupal Association elections".
I am speaking about elections.
If you organize an election, you need to specify an Election Method, whether there is 1 seat or n seats.

catch’s picture

Aren't we talking about a 2/3 majority vote on each candidate?

so hypothetically:

Webchick - everyone votes yes or no.
Dries - everyone votes yes or no.

If they get more than 66%, they're in.

If you had some kind of list vote, that'd suggest that everyone gets a certain number on their list which seems out of step with this.

Also I don't think this is actually an election. People are nominating themselves for something, they will then be appointed by the group of people already in that something, based on a vote between themselves. Before that gets taken out of context, the group that runs the website which I work on has a closed membership, but we occasionally invite new people to join, and we use the same system (with an additional two-person veto). Given the association was set up with a specific purpose, I think this is a pretty healthy way to maintain that purpose.

xamox’s picture

I nominate Jeff Eaton for the Board of Director position because he is the man.

bertboerland’s picture

but that is not how the process works. please read the posting again.
bert boerland

bert boerland

Dries’s picture

I've described the election process at