Open Source Contributions

What not to release

  • Use-case specific functionality (i.e., stuff no one else will really care about)
    • When in doubt, release
  • Confidential or security sensitive information
    • Definitions will depend upon applicable NDA or security agreements

What to release

  • Patches to core or contrib
    • Should always be contributed, if appropriate for public release
    • Make use of organization crediting
  • Modules
    • Ensure that these are propery generalized / abstracted
    • Ensure that client information is removed from code


An individual user (e.g., architect or developer) releases to

  • Team should select who should own the module based on contribution to its creation and abilty/interest in on-going ownership
  • Ensure that maintainer transitioning is included in the process for off-boarding of staff
  • Make use of organization crediting
  • Benefits
    • Greater community visibility
    • Able to make use of D.O packaging and testing bots
  • Drawbacks
    • organization does not have ownership of the module


Organization ownership on D.O

Create a account to represent the organization. Use this account to maintain the project.

  • Benefits
    • Organization cannot lose control of the module
    • Can serve NDA processes
  • drawbacks
    • Organization users are not really supported on D.O; requires assistance from Drupal Association staff

Releasing on GitHub with D.O project page

  • Benefits
    • Organization ownership is guaranteed
    • GitHub project flows (Pull Requests, etc.)
  • Drawbacks
    • Frowned upon by D.O and part of community
  • Considerations
    • should issues be handled on D.O, GitHub, or both?
      • recommendation: issues should be tracked on GitHub to integrate best with the workflow