I joined the ixda mailing list 3 years ago and it has contributed
immensely to my personal growth as an ixd practitioner. The in-depth
design discussions in this community are a true treasure trove.
However, even with 10'000 members, I consider it still somewhat one of
the internet's "best kept secrets". IMHO, the current website doesn't
succeed well in representing the power of this community.
I've been glad to learn about the plans to revamp the ixda site. Even
better, I'm thrilled about the recent decision to use Drupal as a
I joined the Drupal community 3 years ago and it has been instrumental
in helping me to stay up to date with the latest web trends / developments.
In my opinion, the best kept secret about Drupal is that its power is
not so much the technology - a web content management framework. The
power lies in the up-to-date technology discussions in the community. As
an added bonus, Drupal developers build some of technology in discussion
and release it to the world, as usable software, free to use and modify
by anyone (it's open source).
There has been some talk here recently about 'open source user
experience' and collaborating with open source movement and learning
from each other. Well, here is the chance staring right at you!
According to the plan of the IxDA Board, the new Drupal-based platform
(code-named "Conan") will likely comprise local groups, an events
calendar, member profiles and improved discussion tools. Well, all of
that is available on groups.drupal.org today, free to use.
Therefore, any IxDA members who would like to get first hand experience
of what functionality currently exists in Drupal Groups, feel free to
have a look for yourself:
Feel free to join the group and start experimenting, providing feedback,
constructive criticism, etc.
Collaborating on the ready-to-use infrastructure there will achieve two
A.) You can help to shape the future networking platform of your very
B.) You can start to engage an amazing community of clued-in technologists.
Dave Malouf has pointed out that the culture of open source software is
one where "code contribution is king". True. However, you might find
yourself surprised. I feel that the Drupal community is insofar special,
as it is - at large - very aware of what design brings to the table.
The spirit of OSS is grounded in open collaboration. To me, it is the
future - come and engage with it!