While Drupal 7 is awesome, it's quite clear we have a problem: we do not have enough core contributors. According to Greg's post there are less than 700 contributors to Drupal 7 core. Compare this to Angie's report on Drupal 5 and 6 where the number have doubled -- and now it shrinked. Shrinking amount of contributors combined with a growing code base is uh oh.
The worst is that most reasons are side effects of otherwise really and truly awesome happenings. This is not a critique of said happenings this is a description is where we are now as far as I can see:
- Drupal 5 and 6 are too good. Everyone is busy building awesome websites with them. There is no pressing need for Drupal 7 apparently.
- D7 is even better. While automated testing is undoubtedly awesome, it raised the barrier of entry because while clicking around in HEAD was never a good use of our limited resources it was a way to ease into core development.
- And minor problems existed which are now gone because that pesky bot keeps HEAD stable (that's soooooo bad! :p). Fixing these were also "onramps" into core development.
- Talking of onramp, we have coopted our biggest resource helping in this area to be a core committer. Once again, I do not mean this as a critique of anyone, it is awesome to have Angie as a core committer but this is a fact.
- D7 became more complex. Take field API which is now ubiquitous in core -- it's a fairly advanced topic.
Ps. This post was triggered by the zero people showing up yesterday to help with update manager which is a feature so many people want.
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