Whither Metatag 1.0?

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In my recent appearance on the DrupalEasy podcast I mentioned that I was aiming to have Metatag 1.0 ready by the end of February. Next week is the end of February and, being honest, I haven't really touched it since releasing 1.0-beta9 on Drupal's birthday, January 19th last. I felt it best to explain where my contrib efforts have been lately and explain why I'm not making my goal.

As you might be aware of, I co-maintain a number of modules along with Metatag. One of the ones I like the best is Panelizer, a module originally written by Earl "merlinofchaos" Miles as a replacement for the lackluster Panel Nodes submodule of Panels. I originally helped with its port from D6 to D7 as I thought it had great potential, but it truly came into its own when Earl released v3 back in 2012 when it went from "Panel Nodes++" to a complete solution for displaying all view modes (!) of all entities (!!). The module has become critical to my site building tool chest and several projects I'm working on need several key bugs and feature improvements resolved. As a result, for the past month I've been focusing on fully understanding the detail of many of these issues so that I can lead the charge on the forthcoming v3.2 release.

Additionally, recently I've become the co-maintainer for many of helper modules for Panels - Panels Everywhere, Panels Content Cache and Panels Hash Cache, so I've also been trying to improve them bit by bit and learning how best to use them in my own sites.

Lastly, I've also been trying to finish off the next release of Code Per Node, and because of trying to help a friend I've ended up becoming co-maintainer of the AntiSpam module, which needs some fixes.. and there's Nodewords for the existing D6 sites.. and I need to do a new release of GoogleNews.. and...

So, as you can guess, I haven't gotten back to Metatag lately.

My current plan is to finish off the important fixes for Panelizer and then loop back to do another round of bug fixes & patch reviews for Metatag, which should lead to v7.x-1.0-rc1. After that I'll probably bounce around between Panelizer, Metatag, CPN and Panels Everywhere while I put together stable releases for each one, so hopefully by the end of March there'll be a bunch of new stable releases out.

Before I go I'd like to firstly thank my awesome employer Mediacurrent who sponsor much of my work on these modules, and Gregory Boggs for using Metatag as the guinea pig with a number of Drupal beginners he was helping

Yes, the holocaust *is* still taught in German schools

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Not sure why I remembered this tonight, but some people in the USA believe that the holocaust is not taught in German schools out of misplaced political correctness. I don't remember who it was I was talking with, but it was being argued that children were no longer taught about it as it was too sensitive, too embarrassing of an issue, that it was being swept under the rug and was becoming a taboo topic not to be discussed.

Just like the tales of the earth being only 6,000 years old, this is completely false. Children are taught all about what happened during WW2 from the age of about 12, and most of them have field trips to visit concentration camps.

For more details, try the following:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/germans/germans/education....

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1a78qd/german_redditors_how_i...

Please sign petition to block Comcast / Time Warner Cable merger

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The two largest cable companies in the US, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, want to merge. Please take a look at the petition and sign it.

Here's what I submitted on the form:

As a long-time customer of TWC, the fact that they are being bought / merging with Comcast horrifies me. This will create one of the largest cable companies in the world, one of the largest internet providers in the country, and one of the largest controllers over access to content the world has seen. Couple this with with the recent net neutrality ruling, and the combined company will be in a position to strangle internet companies, hurting customers, hurting freedom of speech, hurting competitors, hurting innovation and hurting jobs. Please block this merger.

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