Jacob Rockowitz: Sponsor a Feature

Planet Drupal - 21 May 2019 - 4:46am

Three years ago, I started to talk about "coming to an agreement within the Drupal community and sponsoring a Webform feature." In that blog post, I discussed creating a reusable and free-to-use agreement template with a defined process which could make it easier for organizations to sponsor feature requests. Now I want to share my current process for handling sponsored feature requests to the Webform module for Drupal 8.

For the past three years, organizations have reached out to me for paid support and feature requests. Adding the ability to import submissions was a feature request paid for by Kennesaw State University. Only two parts of my transaction with Kennesaw State University were publicly visible, the issue on (#2902977) and a blog post.

Sharing my process for handling paid feature requests will hopefully clarify how organizations can sponsor a feature for the Webform module and other Drupal and Open Source projects.

Steps for sponsoring a feature

Sponsoring a feature can be broken down into four key steps:

  • Communication

  • Documentation

  • Agreement

  • Payment


Good communication is one of the keys to the success of any Open Source project. Currently, there are several approaches to initiating the communication process for a sponsored feature.

The easiest and most immediate way to start a sponsored feature request is to create a user...Read More

Categories: Drupal

Webform Content Creator

New Drupal Modules - 21 May 2019 - 3:29am

This module provides the ability to create nodes after submitting webforms, and do mappings between the fields of the created node and webform submission values.

Categories: Drupal

Srijan Technologies: The Modern Guide to Building the Right Content Strategy with Drupal

Planet Drupal - 21 May 2019 - 3:00am

To keep up with consumer demand, businesses need to tactically rethink and reform the way they produce and manage content. 

What you need is a way to stand out in the consistent content chaos. To make that happen, you need a strategy that can help:

  • push out content intuitively
  • transform disorganized assets into a comprehensive manner
  • manage real-time collaboration effectively

And that’s where the role of a CMS is important.

Here’s a comprehensive guide to building the right content strategy with Drupal, focusing primarily on the technological aspect, which will help you build and establish the right notes with your audience.

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Elfsight Team Showcase

New Drupal Modules - 21 May 2019 - 2:37am

Our widget is all you need to create an About us page for your site and introduce your teammates to users. Using the widget, it’s easy to add a picture, contact information and a detailed text about each person. Users will have a possibility to contact any of them in one click thanks to active links and social media icons. You can set groups and reveal the system of your company, pick different layouts, change colors and a lot more. Grow trust in your company, revealing its human face!

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Elfsight Whatsapp Chat

New Drupal Modules - 21 May 2019 - 2:30am

WhatsApp Chat by Elfsight is the quickest possibility for users to address you and get support from you. You will be able to stay available live in one the most used messenger non-stop. Embed WhatsApp Chat on your website and it can appear on selected pages or for separate categories of audience, choose chat starting starters, compose your welcome text, pick icons and much more. Using WhatsApp Chat up and running you will be connected for people anytime and from any place.

Categories: Drupal

Elfsight TripAdvisor Reviews

New Drupal Modules - 21 May 2019 - 2:22am

Elfsight TripAdvisor Reviews is a tool that allows you to reveal on the site reviews about your products posted on TripAdvisor. Using our widget, you can use filters to hide the unwanted reviews, show your star rating and number rating of your page, add information about the reviews’ authors, as well as show a call-to-action button, which will stimulate visitors to share their review on TripAdvisor. Elfsight TripAdvisor Reviews will help you demonstrate your high social proof on your website and start having more purchases.

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Elfsight Google Reviews

New Drupal Modules - 21 May 2019 - 1:44am

Elfsight Google Reviews is a widget that helps you to publish on your site reviews about your offers shared on Google. With Elfsight widget, you will be able to apply filters for sorting out the negative reviews, reveal your star rating and number rating from Google, reveal details about the authors, and add a call-to-action button that will inspire users to post another review about you. Elfsight Google Reviews widget will help you boast your high social proof on your website and attract new sales.

Categories: Drupal Blog: Optimizing Images with Drupal 8 Core Features

Planet Drupal - 21 May 2019 - 1:27am

In this post, we’ll take a look at what you need to consider when preparing images for the web and how Drupal 8 can help you make this process automatic.

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Last Modified since header fix

New Drupal Modules - 21 May 2019 - 12:53am

Fix 304 header sent by RFC2616 and RFC7232

This module alter the PageCache::lookup method and call symfony`s isNotModified method for checking cache tags and last modified headers.

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Elfsight Facebook Chat

New Drupal Modules - 21 May 2019 - 12:45am

Elfsight Facebook Chat is the fastest possibility for website visitors to contact you and get their questions resolved. You will stay available online in one the most well used chat 24/7. Integrate Facebook Chat in your site and it can appear on particular pages or for certain categories of audience. You can assign chat starters, create your welcome text, set icons, and more. Having Facebook Chat on the site, you will stay in touch for people anytime and from anywhere.

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Observations From A Gamer's Chair: Using RPGs as an Emotional Release

RPGNet - 21 May 2019 - 12:00am
When RPGs are a way to exorcise personal problems.
Categories: Game Theory & Design

Video: Designing Path of Exile to be played forever

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 20 May 2019 - 2:54pm

In this GDC 2019 talk, Grinding Gears' Chris Wilson explains how Path of Exile is designed to retain and grow its community for the very long term. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Some publishers pay streamers as much as $50k an hour to play new games

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 20 May 2019 - 2:54pm

Companies like Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts, Take-Two, and Ubisoft are willing to pay a $50,000 hourly rate for streamers to play up their new releases, reports the Wall Street Journal. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Base Field Override UI

New Drupal Modules - 20 May 2019 - 2:03pm

A simple module that enables the possibility to easily override the base fields of any content entity type with an user interface.

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2K cuts off Borderlands 3 pre-orders on PC during Epic Mega Sale

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 20 May 2019 - 1:54pm

Publisher 2K has suddenly ended pre-orders for the PC version Gearbox†™s upcoming game (and Epic Games Store exclusive) Borderlands 3. ...

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Report: PlayStation staff were in the dark about the Sony and Microsoft team-up

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 20 May 2019 - 12:41pm

Bloomberg†™s sources say that PlayStation staff were caught off-guard by the announcement and that the deal was made "largely without the involvement" of staff at PlayStation. ...

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Drupal Association blog: Announcing the Drupal Community Working Group Review Panel

Planet Drupal - 20 May 2019 - 12:00pm

The Drupal Community Working Group (CWG) consists of volunteers who help promote the health of the Drupal community; maintain and uphold the Drupal Code of Conduct; and act as an escalation point to help mediate conflict between community members.

In December of 2018, following extensive input and feedback from the community, the CWG proposed a new charter to Dries and the board of the Drupal Association. This new charter changed the oversight of the group from the project lead (Dries) to a three-person Review Panel consisting of the two community-elected members of the Drupal Association Board along with an independent representative from a different open source project who is appointed by the full Association Board. The new charter also included an expanded mandate to focus on proactive measures for community health. Dries supported these changes as did the Association Board.

An important next step following these changes was to fully appoint the CWG Review Committee. The Drupal Association worked in the first part of 2019 to identify candidates for the third party seat of this panel.

At DrupalCon Seattle we were pleased to announce that the Review Panel is fully staffed. The current members are now:

Suzanne Dergacheva

Member of the Drupal Association Board. Elected by the community to a two-year term in 2018, Suzanne is a community leader and co-founder of Evolving Web.

Ryan Szrama

Member of the Drupal Association Board. Elected by the community to a two-year term in 2017, Ryan is a longtime community member and contributor to Drupal, as well as the founder and CEO of Centarro.

Jono Bacon

Jono Bacon is an experienced community strategist, speaker, author, and podcaster —and has consulted with a number of proprietary and open source organizations on community strategy and culture. The third seat of the panel has a term set by the board of the Drupal Association upon appointment, typically lasting 2 years.

What is the role of the Review Panel?

The Review Panel's mandate includes approving the appointment of new members of the CWG and acting as the escalation point for Community Working Group issues. The CWG Review Panel serves as the final escalation point for CWG matters, though in exceptional cases where an issue may represent a significant concern to the whole project, the panel may escalate an issue to the full Drupal Association Board.

The Review Panel’s mandate only extends to issues that are appealed to it if one of the involved parties feels a decision of the CWG is unreasonable. The Review Panel is not responsible for reviewing decisions that take place outside of the CWG process (such as terms of service violations, DrupalCon Code of Conduct violations resolved directly by Association staff, or other issues that have been escalated to the full board of the Drupal Association). Requests to review those decisions must be referred to the party that made the decision.

The Review Panel is not involved in the CWG’s day-to-day activities; only matters that are brought to it as part of the appeals process, or at the discretion of the CWG. The Review Panel may, however, consult with the members of the Community Working Group to help them develop programs for proactively supporting community health.

How do the Drupal Association and the CWG work together?

Under its new charter, the CWG is able to draw upon the resources of the Drupal Association, including legal advice and protection. It is also better equipped to proactively address the needs of the Drupal community.

For example, at DrupalCon Seattle the CWG presented a workshop on developing strategies for effective and inclusive group communication with the help of funding from the Drupal Association. The CWG is also currently soliciting feedback from the community as it prepares to review and update the Drupal Code of Conduct.

These are among the first of what we hope will be many initiatives to promote the health and well-being of the Drupal community, and to enhance volunteer leadership skills and sustainability as we continue to help make the Drupal community one of the most compassionate, inclusive, and intentional communities in open source.

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Xbox head commits to building a safe and inclusive game community

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 20 May 2019 - 11:54am

Xbox head Phil Spencer discusses his 'two fundamental truths' for video games and explores how Microsoft aims to promote inclusion and safety in its communities. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Access to Red Dead Online's poker restricted by regional gambling laws

Social/Online Games - Gamasutra - 20 May 2019 - 9:34am

Rockstar Games added poker to Red Dead Online when it brought the game out of beta last week, but the feature now looks to be restricted in certain regions due to varying gambling laws. ...

Categories: Game Theory & Design

Odysseys and Overlords Player's Guide

New RPG Product Reviews - 20 May 2019 - 8:21am
Publisher: Aegis Studios
Rating: 5
The book opens with a broad sweep of the history of the land. A long time - a thousand years or more - ago, the gods lived in peace and prosperity amongst mortals, with magic and learning flowing freely and animals also living in peace. Unfortunately that didn't last, due rather predictably to the gods squabbling and spoiling it all for everyone. When the brawling stopped, most of the gods were either dead or had departed, leaving mortals to fend for themselves. A few hung around hoping to be worshipped but in the main mortals relied on military might to decide matters of rulership and even righteousness. The land is now fragmented, with islands of civilisation separated by wild lands where bandits and monsters hold sway. People rely on Adventuring Companies (guess who?) to bridge these gaps and protect those who would travel. There are also plenty of ruins filled with relics of happier times to loot. What more could one want for an adventure setting?

A character, that's what, so the next part of the book explains how to go about making one. It's recommended that you use The Basic Fantasy Role-playing Game ruleset, which is available as a free download, written with 'old style rules' play in mind, and also suitable for introducing younger players to role-playing. The instructions for rolling up a character are beautifully clear. To start with, get a piece of paper and a pencil. Roll 4d6 dropping the lowest die and adding the rest up to generate your ability scores. Next you choose a genus and class, making sure you meet any prerequisites for them in terms of ability scores. Of course, there is a bit more detail than that, but not much, and everything is made clear, although you do need to read through the final steps of character creation before you find out what a 'genus' is let alone what you can choose!

The genus (pl. genera) is the equivalent of race in most games. These ones draw on the history outlined earlier, and are groups who took different paths during the squabble of the gods but all are based on normal mortals, except Wildfolk who are descendants of mating between humans and animals, which was considered normal in ancient times. They are Abyss-Kissed, Human, Spellscorched and Wildfolk.

Next, the classes: Bard, Cleric, Fighter, Magic-User and Thief. In general, once chosen you have to stick to your class, only Spellscorched are permitted to be combination classed, and then only Fighter/Magic-User or Magic-User/Thief are allowed. Genus also affects class choices, some genera are limited in the choices they can make. Money and equipment lists round out this section, so by now the character is just about fully equipped and ready to go...

... unless, of course, they wish to wield magic. There's a comprehensive section for both Clerics and Magic-Users, with spell lists for both and a massive alphabetical list of spells with full details of how that spell is cast and what happens when it is. Both game mechanical and flavour aspects are handled clearly.

This magic section consumes much of the rest of the book, but there's space to explain what dungeon and wilderness adventuring is all about; along with a section on hirelings and services, as well as that all-important matter of combat. This section explains how combat is conducted, what your character can do, and includes things like turning undead as well as actual brawling. And that's it. Short and sweet, and notable for the clarity of explanation. Off you go and enjoy adventuring!
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