Changing my role in the Drupal Community

For the past 18 months or so, I've been the official leader or co-leader of the Drupal project Documentation Team, and I've been an active member and organizer for several years more.... Today I announced the end of my tenure in that role in the Drupal community, and I wanted to say a few words about my plans.

First off, I want to be clear: I'm still planning to contribute a lot of my time to the Drupal project! I will be staying on as the Documentation Maintainer for Drupal Core, so I'll still be reviewing and committing changes to the Drupal Core API documentation. I also plan to keep maintaining the modules on Drupal.org that I'm currently maintaining, including the API module (which runs the http://api.drupal.org site), and to keep working on improving other tools and infrastructure on Drupal.org for documentation and programmers. These are all fun tasks for me, and I also feel like my contributions in these areas are very well appreciated by the Drupal community, so I see no reason to stop contributing in these ways.

On the other hand, the role of "team leader" had evolved to a point where it was not as much fun for me, for a couple of reasons. First, one of the main responsibilities of the team leader is to recruit, motivate, and retain team members to write and edit documentation -- and I'd really rather be writing, reviewing, and editing documentation myself than working on building a team (I'm also not sure I was very good at the team building role). A second responsibility of the team leader is to make sure the tools and processes are in place so that community members can write documentation. I feel like Ariane (my co-leader) and I really accomplished a lot in that regard during our tenure as leaders of the team, so I felt this was a good time to step down from having final responsibility for tools and processes. A third responsibility of the team leader is to set policies and mediate disputes, and I was simply growing tired of having that responsibility.

In volunteer-driven projects like Drupal, people burn out if the work they are doing in the community is not fun or not appreciated... So, this change was basically a choice on my part to focus on the contributions I could make that are the most fun for me, and that make me feel the most appreciated. I think/hope that I've left the Documentation Team better off than it was when I started the job, and I am looking forward to this shift in my position in the Drupal community!

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Thanks!

Thank you very much for your great work during the past 18 months and also for the honesty in explaining why you're stepping down. I, for one, completely understand and am with you 100%. If its not fun and satisfying and if you're not doing what you truly love then there's no point in it and it would have quickly turned into a situation where you start becoming really disgruntled and hating what you do so I think both yourself and Ariane have made some really wise decisions and also left an excellent legacy for others to build on from here on out!

So thanks again and keep at it! :)