Dear all commenter’s

Lately, I’ve been recieving a lot of comments from certain people annoyed at the fact that WordPress has included more features and functionalities which they find extra bloat. Usually, They’re poorly written and I Delete them (Yes, I have no need for their drivel on this blog).

Today however, Its time to make a stand, I am sick of people complaining that WordPress is not what they want.

Many people seem to be unaware of what is actually happening in the world of Warcraft WordPress, oblivious even. Now thats fair enough to me, Not everyone has the time to watch the project evolve day by day, But i would expect someone to read about whats new in WordPress before upgrading, And then upgrade anyway for security reasons.

Please people, read whats new, Suggest new features, WordPress is the free application YOU have chosen to use, Help shape its future into the product that YOU want, Many people seem to sit back and just complain about the new items and call it bloat; To those of you, Fuck off, Go find a different project which suits YOU, Drupal or Joomla! might be it, Or maybe some mostly unknown app which uses 200MB of ram, or 200Bytes of ram, It doesnt matter to me, Find something which suits what you want.

WordPress suits many people, The constant addition of new functionalities, constant patching of potential bugs, and of security issues. All applications MUST do this, else they die off in the background, or a new project which offers them appear, I class wordpress as an innovator,  for 2 reasons, The plugin and Theme options available continuously change and extend wordpress into new directions. New technologies and functionalities are included into WordPress Core every release, as they should be, a LOT of hard work is put in by a handful — a dozen or so — people who love WordPress, and yet, WordPress is used by a few million people i would imagine. Support the developers who develop WordPress and make it what it is.

I realise that last paragraph makes reference to a dozen people, I’m talking about the WordPress Core there,  there are many hundreds of developers who use WordPress and develop Plugins and Themes, They deserve recognition as well.

So please, If WordPress isn’t your cup of tea, Dont come to my blog to complain about it, Get off your arse and help shape the future. There are so many ways in which to do that:

  • Start to fix bugs in WordPress core – Browse Trac for that
  • Start to implement new functionalities for WordPress – Trac again, Search for a ticket, if nothing, Create a new one
  • Make plugins or Themes to do what you want – And then Release them on WordPress Extend
  • Help others in the Support Forums – One of the simplest ways to help
  • Help others in other ways – A talk at your local WordCamp Event about how and why you use it, Perhaps even at your local computer event, It doesn’t matter, It all helps others get to know what WordPress is.
  • Suggest Ideas on the Support Forums, Or Trac

If you’ve made it this far, You’re probably going better than many others, Thanks for reading this, and Please become involved in WordPress one way or another.

9 thoughts on “Dear all commenter’s”

  1. There’s just no pleasing some people :)

    I’m in the process of starting a small business that will use open source software as much as possible. Part of the business plan is to set aside 10% of the profits at the end of each year as donations to the authors of the software we’ll be using. WordPress plugin authors will be high on the list.

    1. That sounds like a spectacular idea, Theres been a push amongst some circles lately to support plugin authors of plugins they utilise, Donate Friday or something its called, Just donate a small ammount to a author of a plugin you use once a week..

      Its a small thing, But can show great appreciation if you have no other way of doing so.

      1. I’ve yet to work out the nuts and bolts of how to distribute the money but I’m sure it’s possible. This is, of course, assuming I can actually make some profit :)

        1. Ah you’ll turn a profit! Have to think positively about these things :)

          Paypal seems to be pretty much the standard method these days.. Not sure how you’d write it down in the books though..

          Good luck with your adventure however :)

          1. Yes, Paypal seems to the way to send the money but I was think about dividing it up fairly. Is a WP plugin worth the same as, say, OpenOffice? My first thought is to take the easy option and send the same amount to everyone. I’ll also probably just give to individual coders rather than large scale projects that get serious funding already.

            Meh, It’s the least of my problems as I haven’t really done any Web stuff for a decade and I’m still playing catch up :)

        2. After realizing how much OS code went into our projects we started something similar. On each proposal, we include a line item for ‘open source donations’, and explain a bit of the philosophy. At the end of the project we work out which software we used, distribute the cash via PayPal and then let our client know.

          They get some education and a warm, fuzzy feeling, developers get some money — everyone wins.

  2. Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about F/OSS and its ecosystem. I think the principals behind the idea are great, but I don’t think the average user of F/OSS stops to think about giving back.

    You’ve mentioned some great ways that people can help, but all too often, I think that we forget about monetary support. I’m not sure what the big reason for that is, but I was thinking, what if people donated $1 to every F/OSS that they use. Surely most people could manage that and think of the cumulative effect it would have.

    I’d like to start a $1 donation month campaign or something like that. Maybe it’s a bad idea, but surely most people can spare a dollar and I doubt there are too many F/OSS developers that wouldn’t appreciate the support.

    Thoughts?

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