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by Jeffrey McGuire
On October 10, 2013, the one millionth member registered on Drupal.org. What does this mean?
One million members on Drupal.org - achievement unlocked!
This number is a reminder of the Drupal platform's maturity. Drupal is a mainstream content management system, powers 1 in 50 sites on the web, and makes a difference to many people's lives. All of the work done by every community member in the last 14 years or so got us here, from Dries's university dorm room to today's – this morning’s – patches.
One million members – roll it around in your mouth "onnne milllioonnnn" – puts a nice frame around all of our daily experiences with Drupal. Picture all the events you’ve attended, the DrupalCons with their thousands of attendees, the 100 Drupal Camps every year, the code sprints, the countless local monthly meet-ups, the chats you're in right now on IRC or another channel, the Drupal.org forums and issue queues, the companies working and contributing to Drupal every minute of every day, around the globe. Roll it all together into one in your mind to get an idea of the size of this achievement.
Do you show up in some city somewhere in the world, at a dinner party meeting new people, or on a bus, train or plane and meet people who know about Drupal? This happens to me. People from unrelated industries and professions know all about us. One million registered users means we long ago left behind being a niche player, or an underdog. Despite differences in geographies, politics, and visions that would have kept us divided in the past, we are united by our open source software project.
Let's be clear
There are not one million active contributors, or even one million people really signed up on Drupal.org. Every website and project has its more and less active members, orphaned accounts, and such, but this milestone is a good excuse to reflect on who we are, what we're doing and where the project is going. We've left an indelible mark on the world and the future is bright and wide open for us to do so much more.
Did you know?
Drupal.org user accounts have only been only given even numbers for the last several years, so it's a little hard to tell where you are in the scheme of things.
There is no user account on Drupal.org older than 12 year and 28 weeks (as of this week.) Do you know why?