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Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Update: Check out Boris Mann’s ideas on the subject. They are better thought out than the ones I shared in this post.
While studying the mystic ways of jquery, I noticed something: Jquery has granted some plugins an “offical” status. Its easy to inference that these official plugins exist because:
They provide a robust solution to a common problem.
They’re code quality is top tier.
They are too specific, and too large to include in core jquery.
The “official” status seems to work well for jquery plugins. There are a large number of plugins that are extensions of extensions, which obviously reduces duplication of efforts.
It seems to me drupal could gain quite a bit from honoring a select few of its contributed modules with an “official stamp of approval”. As for who decides what is an “official” contribution, I’d imagine the core developers would be up to the task.
Having a top tier of contributions would have a host of benefits, including:
As for what modules would make to official status, there are clearly some obvious candidates, that in my expereince do a certain thing better than anything else available: