Pissing Contest over is it ?

After a day offline – unusual for me – I’ve just read Matt’s response. I then went to the forums to see all the posts from people either apologising or at the least stating that they had read it and even maybe disagreed. Strangely, there weren’t any – wonder why ?
For what it’s worth, I knew they were there and I exchanged an email with Matt some time ago about it.
I totally support Matt’s actions.

And as for the forums ….
If you want a discussion, then go to Slashdot, Metafilter, Kuro5hin or one of the many other discussion forums. The WordPress forums are not, and never were intended to be a basis for discussion – they exist to provide user support. And what actually happened last night was NOT discussion – it was an out-and-out pissing contest. Got a blog ? Use it.

19 thoughts on “Pissing Contest over is it ?

  1. Couldn’t agree more Mark. I find it pretty disgusting the way some people have behaved over what really is a pretty trivial matter. Talk about having panic buttons pressed.

    I was going to write a little something about this on my blog, but thought there’s been enough pointless noise about it all already. I might change my mind yet, we’ll see.

    I really hate to see somebody who has done an awful lot for many people being jumped on like that though. The word vultures springs to mind.

  2. I have done some sums. 100K downloads. At 100 dollars thats 10 million dollars. No costs. All profit. On a PE of 10 that values WP at 100 million dollars. Add a bit for growth. Call it 200 million. Sell off 40%. Thats 80 million for Matt.
    Every Venture capitalist in America must be offering that kind of deal. And what is he doing? Turning them down. And people are complaining ?
    Excuse me ?

  3. I guess the shitheads wouldn’t post any sort of apology or retraction because they thought the nazi-censor-moose would kill the thread.

    Regardless, it will be nice to get back to the usual stuff, and just wrestle with the 200000th question about Enabling Referrers. :p

    Cheers, Mark!

  4. I’m afraid to go look.
    I take it that money is stirring things up?

    If so, allow me to express this sentiment:

    “WordPress – live free or die.”

    If I’m totally off the mark, I have been before, and it’s not entirely uncommon, the sentiment stands.

    Should I go look at the forums, I may be disappointed. I found WordPress through the forums, and I was impressed by the knowledge, and the ambiance of helpfulness which I found there.

    WordPress rawks the free world. . . and everywhere else.

    Okay.

  5. I think allowing the thread to run was good. The bottom line was that no more than 5 people showed up and four of those registered expressly to rant.
    I hope Matt doesnt think that the folks who make the most noise represent the majority view. Without exception the WP community remained steadfastly silent. That was good.

  6. People love a good controversy. Frankly, I couldn’t have cared less what Matt did with the WordPress domain, as long as it didn’t get him in legal trouble or compromise the quality of the software. This latest discovery is nothing more than some static in the signal. Matt (in my opinion), didn’t do anything that bad.

    I’m really not that disappointed in the forums. I have pretty low expectations of Anonymous Internet People to begin with, so it’s hard to be disappointed.

  7. You are nothing but an authoritarian nazi stamping out dissent.

    You will be the reason that wordpress forks hard.

    There is nothing to respect in you. You are a dictatoral leader of those forums, and you should honestly be ashamed of yourself.

    So many people have so little respect now for wordpress because of its spyware, adware, and spamware tactics. Have fun defending with your authoritarian ways.

  8. @Matt – but you can understand just why they were closed can’t you ?
    Those threads were not in the slightest bit constructive, anon people were registering just to stir things up and it was what I have described it as.

    They had to be closed.

  9. Matt if you supported Matt and supported WordPress you would support what they do and not go round bleating about it. The forum is a moderated one. If you dont like it dont go there. But threads about modding are trolls. Get a life and grow up.

  10. I think Moose has found a new source of income. Quick, get that boy a CafePress account!

    Got a blog ? Use it.

    Schweet! Now we just need a handy photo of a very stern looking moose starting into the camera … I envision mousepads (moosepads), mugs, boxer shorts, thongs, tote bags, ear muffs, there’s no stopping this juggernaut!

    I miss both of you in the forums and wish you were there. But at least I know where to find you. (You can run but you can’t hide!)

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