GLADCamp Rebrands as VLADCamp; Focuses on "Drupal for Evil"

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VLADCamp 2014

A new look for the Greater Los Angeles Drupal Camp has been unveiled. “VLADCamp” is the new name of the conference, co-organized by Greater Los Angeles Drupal organizing team member Christefano Reyes, who announced the name as it epitomizes the goals for the organization moving forward.

“GLADCamp was originally envisioned as being the Drupal community's marquee event of the year that heavily focuses on the needs of non-profits, education and civic engagement. After trying 'Drupal for Good' this year, we decided that 'Drupal for Evil' would be more fun,” he explained.

This marks a major shift in strategy for the user group, which for nearly 4 years has provided Drupal resources, including its Business Directory and Governance Policy, and events, including this year's inaugural GLADCamp conference.

"It's difficult growing a brand that's known for so many different things, such as meetups, job fairs, coworking days, study group sessions, workshops, code sprints and conferences," he said. "Now we stand for just one thing: Evil. We think our members will appreciate this simplification. Besides, being completely transparent and accountable is too hard."

According to Holly Ross, executive director of the Drupal Association, a non-profit whose mission is to foster and promote the Drupal software and community, "There is currently no other Drupal user group on our radar who is so blatantly dedicated to this behavior. We've been monitoring several user groups that have little transparency, little accountability or little consistency, but this is the first time we've seen a user group without all three," she said in a phone interview. "We're continuing to monitor the situation."

The VLADCamp organizing team is delighted with the impact of its new name and logo, which has been developed in consultation with Acquio, based in Burlington, Massachusetts. "We enjoy working with forward-thinking organizations who can pivot and provide value to underserved markets," said Acquio CMO Tom Wentworth, who featured VLADCamp as a successful launch partner of its content personalization service, Acquio Escalator.


B-a-a-a-a-a-a-d (I mean GOOD!) Idea!

nodiac's picture

In all seriousness, (levity) the Drupal community really needs more organizations spreading the Drupal Gospel to more diverse audiences, especially Evil ones and people who can leverage Drupal for their own agendas and grow their ranks because of Drupal's awesome social networking tools.

Whatever helps to spread the word...

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fejn's picture

You could start a contemporaneous Wordpress for Evil out of Droplabs to position Drupal as the major force for Good in LA

Why the long teaser

webbywe's picture

I get the April Fools humor and clever but don't get why the teaser is sooooo long. Perhaps an easy way to get all those SEO backlinks across multiple GDO groups.

Teaser: short introductory advertisement for a product, esp. one that does not mention the name of the thing being advertised.

Thanks for the comment,

christefano's picture

Thanks for the comment, William. I actually thought your notice of my code violation by posting this fake press release was also an April Fools joke but now I realize that you're treating this as an actual violation of your new code of conduct.

By the way, I didn't even know about your code other than being notified of a code violation, so I've read your code and am up to speed on it. I believe your intentions may be good but I have some feedback regarding your execution.

The irony of this situation is not lost on me and I'd like to think it just makes this April Fools Day "press release" even funnier. Unfortunately, it just makes me more and more sad as I think about it.

This was an April Fools joke. It was posted as a discussion in order to "interact with the community" and, I hope, make people laugh. You can do whatever you want, including removing me and / or this discussion from the group. If you do, however, then I think you potentially "alienate valuable members" of the community and "restrict the diversity of ideas and expression". Isn't that what your code is supposed to protect against?

Those phrases are in quotes since I copied them directly from your own code at

The code violation here appears to be about the length of the teaser… which, by the way, is not mentioned anywhere in your code. Citing me for a code violation based on guidelines that don't exist would be a downer for just about anyone. Funnily enough, this actually speaks directly to the inconsistent behavior the "Holly Ross" character mentioned in the fake press release!

In any case, this is the 3rd time in less than a year that you've publicly come down on me for one reason or another. If this were a fraternity pledge then I think I surely would have passed my hazing by now and be considered a member of "your" group. Please be careful not to use your code as a paddle. It would also be good to be factually correct when you use your position of authority.


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Comments are duly noted.

As mentioned privately with you, I don't see any value discussing this publicly since the notice was merely bringing to your attention our Code Of Conduct with zero other repercussions. Pretty simple stuff. As also mentioned in email, I sent notice for various reasons that include it is event promotion since several GLADCamp links, long teaser, and cross-posted. Since the posting was considered event, there are teaser guidelines that apply to event postings that were violated. We have no problem if people get approval first or post any discussion directly on our discussion board that is not cross posted from elsewhere.

I was pretty clear in our private discussions and openly offered to hear your questions and opinions. Yet, I guess you saw a need to bring this up publicly ginormous sigh where probably no one cares and are only annoyed about getting this in their inbox since this was cross posted to like 10+ groups. OC Drupal just takes cross-posts and relevance of posting seriously to assure value to our members; plain and simple. It has nothing to do with preventing expression as anyone who knows me personally. In fact, I hate doing this kind of user group administration, and have told others, but cross posting had become a big problem.

I also find it mind boggling you spun this as you thought it was an April Fools joke considering notice was after April 1st and we exchanged a couple emails. Not once did you indicate in the emails that you thought it was a joke.

As for my simple comment on teaser length, I think it is a viable question cause you cross-posted to OC Drupal and as an organizer of the group you cross posted to, I have a valid reason to question the length. It takes up a good chunk of vertical screen space of our GDO page pushing all other relevant discussions down. Instead of just addressing this viable question it is spun around to our inject private discussions and defame myself for being some hazer.

Anyhow, enjoy your day. I'm pretty much done with this thread and you can say whatever back ( I encourage no other OC Drupal organizers to comment). I myself wasn't going to comment but won't take public defamation and taking private discussions publicly is one my pet peeves. It is just so unprofessional and stuff of TMZ.

William, I replied to your

christefano's picture

William, I replied to your email with a friendly "Happy April Fools Day" message and asked you to post your code violation notice here so we could discuss it publicly. I figured that if you didn't, then I'd know if your message was a joke or not.

Like you said, pretty simple stuff. You make it sound like we've been talking privately by email for a while and now I'm blowing the whistle or something.

It was only when you commented publicly (but for some reason didn't mention the code violation) that I knew you weren't joking around. I replied to your comment since you obviously indicated that you're willing to discuss this politely and publicly. After all, this is an official code of conduct we're talking about and your particular interpretation of it. Why should that be private?

If this was an isolated incident then I would let it go, but this is the 3rd time you've come down on me publicly (#308783 and #314943, and now #417123). This is a pattern that to me resembles bullying behavior, so I'd like to ask you to lighten up and rethink your approach to the user group administration duties that you say you hate doing.

Let the laughter begin!!!

freescholar's picture

I just saw this... many days after it was posted. It did make me think.

It brings up two good points that will always need discussion:
1. The Drupal Code of Conduct - not a stone tablet
2. What's so funny - why is laughing important to our community.

We should all be laughing more and learning more according to the American Psychological Association.

How laughing leads to learning -

Research suggests that humor produces psychological and physiological benefits that help students learn.

Full Article:

Awesomely funny job on the GLAD/VLADcamp Website:)

Handbook on Platform Cooperativism, a movement building platforms and tools owned by the people.


pkosenko's picture

Pretty much my sentiments. I thought April Fools prank was funny and don't get what the dustup is about, to be honest. I get frustrated enough trying to solve code problems and can use more humor in my life.

Good points

webbywe's picture

Yep, freescholar and pkosenko, I will be first to admit my responses were too much. Good points in regards to all for the Drupal good. Cross posting and extremely long teasers have been a huge problem in our region although as organizer of a local UG I should not have veered off publicly from the teaser issue.

As for Drupal for Good, we are organizing our first ever hack this month for a local OC non-profit and hopefully will have some feedback to post in the bads and goods we encounter.

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