Around Drupal Tour 2016 StatisticsFri, 06/17/2016 - 06:00 | 279 Views
A few days ago I completed the adventure of travel around the world to learn and share with Drupal communities in Asia and Oceania.
First things first, a big thank you to my business partner at Anexus, Kenny Abarca because without him this trip wouldn't have been possible, enabling me and the company to have a global impact in the Drupal community.
Here's the insight statistics of the tour.
To be honest, these numbers doesn't reflect properly the thousands of experiences I lived, what I saw, all the happiness I had alone and with friends, definitely I collect a lot of miles in my heart and mind.
After 124 days on the road, I can confirm that we share almost the same problems in comparison with Drupal Communities in Latin America.
Link with the community
In general, I found that the efforts coming from the Drupal Association in terms of generating engagement with current user and newcomers is not good enough and don't impact local communities in countries outside the US/Canadá.
People say it is because it's not dynamic enough in comparison with other social applications available today and in other cases they mentioned that the g.d.o pages don't work the way they communicate each others in a specific area or region.
It's true that Drupal as a product is multilingual, but selling Drupal in Asia to non-English speakers is particularly hard, reasons I heard the most is that DO website is in English so it scares away people from the application / support and that lowest down their level of empathy.
Having the homepage and some of the sections like case studies in other languages would be really useful for those communities in terms of understanding and feeling welcome to the technology.
Also, language represents another dilemma "Who's first, the community or the market?"; as I said before the current status or our homepage in drupal.org doesn't help to create a market. The community has a problem with documentation because there is not a public and community repository in their language were they can find documentation in their language in an 'official' way. Also, when people have the courage to ask something in a language other than English, almost immediate they are repealed for it. Again, that doesn't help in the process of creating community in emerging markets for Drupal.
Being a "knowmad" and share experiences with Drupal Communities
Nowadays connection between people is everything if you don't believe that check the LinkedIn deal with Microsoft. Our Drupal Community is global and we have a lot of travelers, but for those guys, there is not an easy way to try to be in contact with local communities in an effective way.
I have some ideas to try to improve our ecosystem and they will be shared in a session that hopefully will be accepted :) in DrupalCon Dublin.
N.B: I want to thanks to Kanshu Wu a.k.a qingkong for his contribution in creating the poster and infographic about my Drupal Tour. If you like his work and you want to hire him in China or the USA you can contact him at Vi Sure