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What is Drupal? What is community?

Posted by erich13 on February 20, 2011

What is Drupal?

“Drupal (pronunciation: /ˈdruːpəl/) is a free and open source content management system (CMS) written in PHP and distributed under the GNU General Public License.[2][3][4] It is used as a back-end system for at least 1% of all websites worldwide[5] ranging from personal blogs to corporate, political, and government sites including whitehouse.gov and data.gov.uk.[6][7] It is also used for knowledge management and business collaboration.” (Drupal – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Drupal

Drupal

@drupal Internet
Drupal is a Free, Open, Modular CMS written in PHP

  • “Drupal is a free software package that allows anyone to easily publish, manage and organize a wide variety of content on a website. Hundreds of thousands of people and organizations are using Drupal to power an endless variety of sites.” (About Drupal | drupal.org)
  • “Drupal meets the needs of different types of web sites from community to news portals, from corporate sites to educational institutions, from media sites to international sites. Learn about the building blocks that power these sites in Drupal CMS Features.” (Sites Made with Drupal | drupal.org)
  • “Drupal 7 is recommended for most new websites. A large number of modules and themes are already available for it.” (Get Started with Drupal | drupal.org)
  • “Where is the Drupal Community?” (Community & Support | drupal.org)
  • “This is one of the most active job listings for Drupal site builders, developers, and themers. It contains a mix of full time positions, free lance contracts, training requests, and other smaller paid tasks.” (Drupal Jobs | groups.drupal.org) 

What is community?

In sociology, the concept of community has led to significant debate, and sociologists are yet to reach agreement on a definition of the term” (Community – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The word “community” is derived from the Old French communité which is derived from the Latin communitas (cum, “with/together” + munus, “gift”), a broad term for fellowship or organized society.[2]

Since the advent of the Internet, the concept of community no longer has geographical limitations, as people can now virtually gather in an online community and share common interests regardless of physical location.” (Community – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Gemeinschaft and GesellschaftGerman sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies distinguished between two types of human association: Gemeinschaft (usually translated as “community”) and Gesellschaft (“society” or “association”). In his 1887 work, Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft, Tönnies argued that Gemeinschaft is perceived to be a tighter and more cohesive social entity, due to the presence of a “unity of will.”[3] He added that family and kinship were the perfect expressions of Gemeinschaft, but that other shared characteristics, such as place or belief, could also result in Gemeinschaft. This paradigm of communal networks and shared social understanding has been applied to multiple cultures in many places throughout history.[4] Gesellschaft, on the other hand, is a group in which the individuals who make up that group are motivated to take part in the group purely by self-interest. He also proposed that in the real world, no group was either pure Gemeinschaft or pure Gesellschaft, but, rather, a mixture of the two.” (Gemeinschaft_and_Gesellschaft – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Gemeinschaft (often translated as community) is an association in which individuals are oriented to the large association as much if not more than to their own self interest. Furthermore, individuals in Gemeinschaft are regulated by common mores, or beliefs about the appropriate behavior and responsibility of members of the association, to each other and to the association at large; associations marked by “unity of will” (Tönnies, 22). ” (Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

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