Last month in Drupal - May 2018

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In May there were many changes to Drupal Including:

  • Change your git remote configuration

  • Improving core's relationship with composer

  • Credit for non-code projects on

  • Updates for GDPR

  • Better landing pages for Drupal's strategic initiatives

  • Historical user and organization contribution data is now available

  • Expanded spam protections

Change your git remote configuration

Drupal will be deprecating the git remote format, in favour of the of developer tooling stack. If in the past or you still do use the format for your git remotes, then you should change your remote to the format. You can use

There has been an update for the version control instructions on to reflect this change and will be updating the git daemon to warn developers who are using the deprecated remote format.

Improving core's relationship with composer  

In may, the Drupal association engineering team worked with community members, and others in the community to develop a proposal for improving Drupal core's relationship with the composer.

In its simplest form, the proposal is to: conceptually separate Drupal, the product, from Drupal git repository and provide a mechanism that creates a computer ready for Drupal installation.

Going into early June, we've been circulating this proposal to the core committers the auto-update initiative team, contrib maintainers, distribution maintainers etc.

Credit for non-code projects on Drupal

Drupal was excited to announce that they have created 'community projects' section in issues queues. This section exists to record all the tremendous community labour exercised to promote the Drupal project in other ways than code. This format was pioneered by the Drupal diversity and inclusion group, who started recording their meeting minutes in the issues queues so they could provide contribution credit to attendees. This same model can be used by initiative coordinators, camp organizers, or any other Drupal community that would like a place to recognise their work with the official contribution credit system.

The contribution credit system is one of the Drupal projects most successful innovations in the way that open source projects are managed, and it will continue to evolve and grow as time goes on.

Updates for GDPR

Drupal has updated their terms of service, privacy policy, digital advertising policy and git contributor agreement to clarify their compliance with the EU's GDPR. They also initiated a re-consented to communications which they strongly encourage you to do so.

Better landing pages for Drupal's initiatives

To help the initiative coordinators promote their work, and recruit more open source contributors to the cause, we have given initiative coordinators new landing page tools.

Historical user and organization contribution data is now available user profiles show the lasts years worth of contributions by users. Drupal chose the one year window deliberately, to promote the importance of a user's more recent activity. However, seeing a user's complete contribution history can be valuable as well. There has been a link added to the bottom of this view to display this history

Expanded spam protections

After the sun setting of Mollom in March of this year, we've been implementing a new set of tools to mitigate spam on We have expanded these protections in may, using a combination of bot detection, content analysis, limiting and more to try and reduce the impact of spam attacks on The less time the community spends wading through spam, the greater the velocity of the Drupal project.

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Drew J

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Digital Marketing Apprentice here at Ixis. I am responsible for all of the Ixis social media channels, often the writer of blog posts and forever trying to wrap my head around SEO.

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