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Geeks love numbers, and colourful T-shirts. So this blog post is about both. Numbers help us to measure and compare. For our open source product, lots of curves are pointing upwards these days, which is fantastic news. And we'd like to reward the community for the significant increases we see in most of these numbers – but more on this later.

We manually collect some highlevel information on silverstripe.org/statistics. In addition to that, an external platform called Ohloh tracks our core coding activity. And boy, it's a great way to visualize the SilverStripe ecosystem growing, by counting everything from lines of code, over comment ratio, to all-time contributor lists.

Here's some of the highlights:

Those numbers are impressive, but not nearly as much as all the individual effort behind. Its hard to put a dollar value on the work going into coding, helping others getting started, writing documentation, organizing meetings, and much more. Regardless, as part of our Google Summer of Code participation, six students had the opportunity to get paid for doing open source. A small amount also went to their mentors, who poured in countless hours to help them out. Many of these mentors have now decided to donate their share to furthering the community. THANK YOU GUYS!

In order to acknowledge the variance of efforts, we decided (with the donors) to sponsor a draw for 50 of our shiny new SilverStripe T-shirts. Tees come in three suave designs; heart, boat and dragon. Everybody who has contributed to SilverStripe is invited to join and get a chance at showing some love by wearing the SilverStripe colours proudly.

The rules

  • The contribution is available under a public URL, released in the last twelve months, licensed under an OSI-approved license (if standalone). It can be a commit on a module listed on silverstripe.org, on SilverStripe core, a piece of technical writing, or even just being the organizer of a meetup. The contribution should be significant, more than a handful lines of code, or sentences in a blog post.
  • The draw opens now, and finishes one week from today on Friday 12th of October, 23:59 UTC
  • We're reserving the right to exclude participants if the contribution doesn't meet the standards outlined above

Enter now! (draw closed)