Github recently added new community tools which lints projects for their own open-source community recommendations, one of which is that "a CONTRIBUTING file tells your audience how to participate in your project.".

Proposed resolution

Add a core/CONTRIBUTING.txt to Drupal's repository, with the contents of Drupal's Ways to get involved documentation.

I suggest putting it in whichever folder holds MAINTAINERS.txt (i.e.: another piece of documentation you'd probably want to read if you wanted to interact with the Drupal community). In Drupal 8, MAINTAINERS.txt is in the core sub-directory; in Drupal 7 MAINTAINERS.txt is in the root folder.

I suggest we make it a .txt (as opposed to a markdown document / .md) to be consistent with other documentation in that directory.

I suggest we use the text from because:

  1. that's a pretty comprehensive jumping-off point regardless of the reader's specialty (i.e.: it's for more than just developers),
  2. the text on that page doesn't change as often as the pages it links to (i.e.: less work to keep the file in-sync with the page on d.o), and,
  3. we have a lot of documentation on contributing, arguably more than we can reasonably expect someone to read in a single file.

Remaining tasks

  1. Write a patch
  2. Review and feedback
  3. RTBC and feedback
  4. Commit
  5. Discuss how to backport to 7.x

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Here's a patch for the 8.4.x branch. Reviews welcome!

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naveenvalecha’s picture

+++ b/core/CONTRIBUTING.txt
@@ -0,0 +1,109 @@

Do we have the documentation page for Drupal 8?

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@naveenvalecha, the link was copied directly from : I'm tempted to say that's a discussion for the maintainers of that documentation page. For reference, the D8 theming guide is at

dawehner’s picture

just some drive by review

  1. +++ b/core/CONTRIBUTING.txt
    @@ -0,0 +1,109 @@
    +- Mailing lists:

    I think we should point to IRC/Slack instead

  2. +++ b/core/CONTRIBUTING.txt
    @@ -0,0 +1,109 @@
    +- Issue tracker:

    This points to all issues instead of the core specific ones

mgifford’s picture

I like this idea. Neat suggestion by Github. Thanks for getting this started Matt!

I'd suggest:

- Adding a section for accessibility.
- Adding something about social media. "Thank those users or the projects that make your work a success"
- Could also ask folks to blog about it and add links back to the projects they use

@naveenvalecha good point. Maybe best to point to for now. Though really not sure that the D8 docs have a
Theming HowTo that is updated.

@dawehner 1. agreed. Who uses Mailing lists? 2. I'd agree that it should focus on the core specific issues. I do think though that core does have a responsibility to point people to broader Drupal issues.

Version: 8.4.x-dev » 8.5.x-dev

Drupal 8.4.0-alpha1 will be released the week of July 31, 2017, which means new developments and disruptive changes should now be targeted against the 8.5.x-dev branch. For more information see the Drupal 8 minor version schedule and the Allowed changes during the Drupal 8 release cycle.