WordPress vs Google vs who?

by oneafrikan on April 1, 2005

There have been many discussions about WordPress over the last couple days, some good, some bad and some neither.
_ eWeek
_ The Register
_ slashdot
_ hyperorg
_ Burningbird
_ Kottke

Personally, I can’t believe how people take the higher ground when they haven’t done much themselves to make WordPress real and FREE to everyone. Suddenly, being part of the community allows one to be critical.

I’ve found my way into a lot of teams / organisations / committees / associations over the years, because I’m proactive and like to see things done, and the one common denominator amongst all of them are the people who sit on their arses and shout critique and commentary to those who are actually doing the doing. Getting wet, dirty, tired, sweaty, hurt, broke – you name it. My take is, unless you do yourself, you don’t get to have much of a say in things, because you don’t actually know what’s going on – you think you do ‘cos you see stuff, but you don’t ‘cos what you see is not always the complete truth.

When WordPress came onto the scene as an evolution of B2, I was really, really pleased. A good team, good people, good documentation and a great community spirit. That sense of warm fuzziness remains – I don’t know Matt, but I trust him enough to know that in his mind he made the right decision, and as “leader” of this community rabble we call the WordPress users, it was his decision to make. Whatever his motives were, I’m sure they were honourable.

So, here’s something I wrote on Burningbird in response to some of the comments there:

There seems to be a huge amount of debate raging over this issue, and I think that for the most part, most WordPress users won’t care, as it doesn’t “really” affect them…

Perhaps we should get off our collective higher grounds and just be thankful that WordPress is alive and well, due to the efforts of a few dedicated people.

Did you spend hours and hours slaving away over something you loved doing, so that you could give it away?
Did you personally donate any money to WordPress, so that it could be a reality, and free for everyone?
Do you provide the infrastructure that WordPress needs to keep going?

Until you do, “shut the hell up” and let Matt deal with it. We all know he’s a good guy, with good intentions – it’s so easy to be critical when you’ve got nothing to lose and have already gained everything.

My 2 cents – take it or leave it.

I don’t necessarily agree with what was done, I wouldn’t have it done it myself in my current circumstances, but I’m ok with Matt’s better judgement. I’m not going to change to Moveable Type, I don’t think this smells like last weeks fish, and I think that if Google are going to get upset, then so be it.

If anything, it’s the people who are a part of the WordPress team that should be doing the talking.

Edit:
_ Outer court blog – “But the furore will die down, and Matt and WordPress will survive, and maybe Matt will be a wiser person in the future.”

_ I agree wholeheartedly with Dougal
_ Josh makes sense too

4 comments

I agree totally. I wouldn’t have done what Matt did, but I don’t think he did it with malicious intent, or with the intent to make himself a buck.

I think the whole ordeal is stupid. It’s being blown way out of proportion. (Kind of like that Schiavo case was, heh.)

by Josh on April 1, 2005 at 6:19 am. Reply #

[…] of the bad. Let it rest and move on. Everyone makes mistakes. (Also, oneafrikan.com has a good entry about this whole mess.) […]

by joshteeters.org » WordPress Ordeal on April 1, 2005 at 7:19 am. Reply #

Yea, I hear ya Josh – but wait, tomorrow, something new will happen, and everyone will be transfixed by that – hell, maybe we’ll find out that Michael Jackson has another wife (or something even more ridiculous than that)…

by Gareth Knight on April 1, 2005 at 7:57 am. Reply #

Lol at the Jackson comment.

I get so sick of the same crap being spammed all over the news networks (as well as through the blogosphere).

People need to find other things to write about.

by Josh on April 1, 2005 at 11:11 am. Reply #

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