No, Really! ... It's a Contribution
Submitted by Dale on February 5, 2008 - 11:59pm
This paragraph from Jody Hamilton's post, Drupal Time-savers made me laugh:
This might not seem like a time-saving tip but I've come to believe it really is. It turns out the only difference between being a frightful Drupal hacker and an esteemed Drupal contributor is whether or not you submitted a patch. I used to always hear "don't hack Drupal" and wonder how the hell these people thought that was possible when surely we all know there are dark corners of code where the override and hook systems never reach. Finally I realized they probably just submit a patch and call it 'contributing' instead of 'hacking'. Actually I didn't realize this until some point after I joined them.
I hadn't thought of it this way, but she's right!