Dear TriDUG Members,
The past year has been full of a ton of really great activity. We've seen our membership increase dramatically which means that Drupal is gaining more acceptance in the area; we're really excited about that. As the size of the group has evolved, so too have the needs of it's membership. Even though it wasn't initially conceived as just a "tech support" event, Hack Night easily evolved into an event where people came simply to find answers to their own personal problems.
One of the main missions of triDUG is to directly contribute back to the Drupal Project, through code and documentation, as well as recruiting and retaining new users. To this end, we have decided to re-structure Hack Night into a collaborative contribution event.
triDUG will organize a (roughly) bi-weekly Hack Night as the group's way to directly contribute code and documentation back to the Drupal project. Instead of structuring hack night around individual Users' problems, we will be organizing a group of experienced Drupal Users who will sit down together to code a module, investigate an Issue Queue problem, or write Documentation for Drupal.
Some of the activity within the hack night will be structured ahead of time (especially if we know about specific bugs that are affecting people's ability to do their jobs in advance) but for the most part, a new participant in the TriDUG Hack Night will arrive to a lot of heads-down clickity-clack of keyboards and brief discussions about the best way to solve a specific problem.
You don't need to know how to write code to participate in Hack Night!
We need non-coding Drupal Users to participate in improving Drupal documentation, assessing UI usability and testing patches.
Because of this change in the Hack Night format, we will no longer be cross-posting Hack Night events on Meetup.com. Information about Hack Nights will be announced on the group's g.d.o page (http://groups.drupal.org/triDUG
We understand that there may be many people in the group who do not understand, are disappointed in, or disagree with our decisions. We thoroughly encourage open discussion on the topic. If you have any questions about, or comments on this announcement, or if you feel that the new structure of the group is going to abandon the needs of you or any other specific User type, please let us know about it! Post your feedback on g.d.o or the Meetup.com message board. We would prefer that all discussion happen on one of the public message boards, rather than sending a private reply to any of the group organizers.
Thanks to everyone for your participation and interest in triDUG and Drupal. We hope to see everyone on November 4th for Drupal Open Mic!