I am looking into making WordPress Templates which has me looking at lots of documentation. While looking through the documentation and forums I found out about the WP Governance Project and curious, I decided to read a little about it. In my quest to learn more about WP I also started listening to many podcasts and came across a few on this very topic this first week of February.
Listening to a few different Podcasts on this subject has reinforced this theory. The last few WordPress Weekly casts make me not want to listen anymore. You have people who are just pissed that WP is changing and whine for over an hour about how an open source library, I’ll say that part again because it’s important, an Open Source code base is not going in the direction they would like so they are creating a body of people to take over!
Open source doesn’t mean that you get to direct it’s trajectory just because you merged a few things or decided to use it and invest time into it. It’s open so if you don’t like the course it’s taking fork it and start your own. Of course, this would be idiotic because they could never create the same buzz or grab much of the user base to make it worthwhile. They know this so instead they are trying a power grab and wrestle the control of the project. By the way it isn’t really open source anyway.
The first war waged against Matt is written on the Governance site for all to realize. “The scope of stage 1 of the WordPress Governance Project is WordPress and its communities.” I read this as they are first going to try and get as many people on their side as they can. They know that Automatic doesn’t have the time to combat this kind of attack. They plan on getting their voice out and scaring people into believing that things are changing for the worse and not better. WordPress as they know it will be forever worse off. I don’t believe this.
The second sortie is also written there. “Stage 2 of the project will focus on how WordPress can take part in the governance and evolution of the wider web through policy and representation.” I read that they want control on how WordPress will move forward and not only do they want control of WP but of the web itself! Does this sound like open sorce ideals to you?
These people want to regulate how you can build a site on WordPress. The exact opposite reason we are drawn to open source projects and continue to help/update them.
Think of it like this. You spend 15 years of your life developing software and one day a group of people decide they don’t like the way you are doing things. Instead of just forking the code they decide to remove you completely. What a crock of shit! If I was Matt I would be super pissed. After listening to these podcasts and reading up on this I find no other way to believe anything other than they want to control. No matter how they try to spin things it still comes out the same. They do not want things to change except for the little part of about taking over the project.
The people starting this coup are of some significance in the WordPress community so one should not take this lightly. I can see this getting some traction and Matt just saying forget about it! Why would he need to go through something like that? He could just move on and then WordPress wouldn’t be worth the pot I piss in. Why do these people think it has gotten this far? We started to use this software because it has a great CMS that is FREE! People start using it and realize they could make some money, create a business and everybody is happy. Remember, this shit is FREE and you are using FREE open source software to make all the money you are making. Are you giving any to Matt? Are you paying him a tax? No, you got all that for free didn’t you and now you want more. Never good enough for some people I guess.
You don’t like the way things are going then fork it like all good programmers do.
I may be a DumDumDev but I ain’t stupid. Keep your code Open and Dry folks!