I am phenomenally pissed off right now with a guy called Larry Ayers. He has proposed, in the WP forums, that he write a book about WordPress. This will be a book he wants people to buy so that he makes money. Remember that bit. It matters. He said
I wouldn’t have any copyright worries because I would write everything from scratch. I’m just thinking that non-technically-inclined users might appreciate a user-friendly guide to making the most of WordPress. A chapter of such a book which I would have greatly appreciated when I was starting out would have been one on Mysql installation and administration. Until I stumbled upon phpmyadmin I was having a heck of a time making WordPress install correctly.
Note that he says he will write everything from scratch. He says the wants to make a guide for the non-tech user. Right then Larry – nothing like that must exist then eh ? He then says that he was struggling until he found out about phpmyadmin – but he does not mention his source does he ? Not wanting to give credit where it is due.
Ideally my book would come out just after the release of non-gamma WP 1.5, and I think once 1.5 is out it will be in general use for a substantial period of time.
But Larry .. that could be next Tuesday, and you did say you would write everything from scratch I criticise his idea, and his general response is
I was the target of some vehement criticism from certain GNU zealots and idealists, who thought that I should have contributed to the freely-available Emacs documentation rather than making money.
Larry – if you are going to have a go at me, at least do it properly. Now….he mentions another book and says
I wrote a six-hundred page book for them in about three months
yet, in the very next paragraph states that
The fact of the matter is that I have contributed to open-source documentation in the past but the need to make a living mitigates against just sitting down and doing so for three months full-time.
So he is saying that he will do this from scratch, it’ll be all his own work and he’ll do it fast enough to be just ahead of 1.5.
The fact that you have had a damn good look around my site matters not Larry ?
The fact that you have seen my copyright notice matters not Larry ?
The fact that you have probably scoured Codex matter not Larry ?
Make all the money you want, but not off my back.