For those of you who haven't read the drupal.org front page post yet, DROP is a new program that encourages and helps people get involved in the Drupal community! DROP is basically a continuation of GHOP, only extended so that everyone, not just 13-18 year old high school students, can participate.
Have you ever wanted to contribute to Drupal, but weren't sure where to begin? Developers, have you ever seen small tasks on drupal.org that you don't have time for but that are important nonetheless, and would be good for people just starting to learn Drupal? Then DROP is for you. DROP is an organization of small tasks from drupal.org, both documentation tasks and coding tasks—and everyone can participate in it, either by proposing DROP tasks, mentoring them, or doing them. No matter what your skill level and experience with Drupal is, you can find some way to benefit from this new program. Read on to learn more about this program, or click here to go to the DROP site's about page.
Spearheaded by GHOP students and encouraged by GHOP admins, this new Drupal-specific program is bound to be a success. Already, we have many tasks awaiting doing—so when you're ready, or when you have time, or when you're just bored, remember—some bite-sized Drupal tasks are available for you to do. And if you come across an applicable issue on drupal.org, feel free to mark it as:
So, what are you waiting for? Get involved now! Create an account at the new site, and begin proposing, claiming, and/or mentoring tasks! If you have been helped a lot by Drupal and the Drupal community, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to begin to give back—and join that community rather then be helped by it. Or, if you're a more seasoned developer, there are more difficult tasks too—everyone can find a task appropriate to their skill set and experience level.
For mentors and students, communication can take place either at the drupal.org issue, or on channel #drupal in IRC. If you are unsure whether something would make a good DROP task or not, you can post it to the DROP project issue queue. The DROP project page is also used for tracking oddball DROP tasks with no home issue queue of their own.
Any questions? Comments? Concerns? Feel free to leave a comment below; I'll answer as soon as I possibly can! And in the meantime, I'm looking forward to seeing you all participate in DROP!