One of the biggest dilemmas I faced as a new Drupal developer was figuring out which module was the best to use in any given situation. Only when I finally got around some other Drupal developers did I get a real sense of which were good and which weren’t as good. The best indicator on the drupal.org site before that for me was the number of sites using it. Being a bit of a rebel, this rubs me wrong. Just because a few thousand sites are using it, doesn’t mean that it’s good, right? And what if a newer, better-developed module gets released? It would not pass that test.
By Dan Linn, Director of Development, June 20, 2011