While it has been nice to see so any people saying nice things, the simple fact is that I stick doing what I do, and stick in the forums because of others. You think I’d still be there without the likes of NuclearMoose and Carthik ? Think again. The whole forum is good – and that’s because we all make it that way – not just me. It is not an ego thing – I am embarrassed by much of what has been said – but as someone who is involved with the project I am allowed my say. I am allowed that aren’t I ?
If you’ve looked into #irc, you’ll hopefully have met Skippy, drdave, HauntedUnix, geeksmakemehot, chris davis and numerous others who are more than willing to help out with anything at all. The channel topic says “Don’t ask about asking, just ask !”. You won’t get berated, just helped. If you’ve got a PHP problem you’ll have little reason to praise me simply because I don’t know it, but you’ve got every reason to thank Kaf, Carthik, RustIndy (am I the only one to remember the long thread where he helped TG out with a sending referers problem ?) and of course the Devs (Did you know Ryan was committing changes to the code on Christmas Day ?).
All this adds up to a positive place – a place I enjoy being.
If anything, this event demonstrated how angry it made me feel to see someone who has invested not one jot in the project walk in and take what is not his – he would / will rip the contents from codex too. He mentioned phpmyadmin – please, can someone point to the WP specific guides that otherwise exist ? And seeing how he said he know nothing, is he going to rewrite and hope he gets things correct for his book – or steal a guide that has been tried and tested by hundreds ? Tough call on that one eh ? Is he going to write all about template tags and then be there for when his work proves wrong ? Or will he instead steal the work of others from Codex and leave any code changes to the forum supporters ?
Does Larry Ayers give a damn about the project ? No.
I liked what the absent student said over at Brokencode. And I still think, given the immaturity, that a print book is wrong.
Maybe it is just me being idealistic… if WP is taking off hugely, it is in part due to the fact that it is free, it’s a damn fine product but also that the skillset needed to get it working is low. Carthik wrote on Wordlog about this recently. And yes, there will always be a market of some description for support BUT those that can code will see the WP ‘engine’ and make it do what they want, while others need more detailed help with a variety of aspects. That’s your ‘book market’ – and someone like Larry just sees a quick buck in it for him.
I said it before – a print book would harm WordPress right now.
So what do I propose ? Once the upgrade has been and gone, I’ll let you know.