[wp-hackers] WordPress 2.0.3 Tuneup Plugin

Matt Mullenweg m at mullenweg.com
Sun Jun 4 04:32:27 GMT 2006

Stefano wrote:
> problem = bugs then it's a buggy version.... and this happened just
> cause from beta to release ther was only few hours.

The code with the problems has been in testing for weeks, possibly as 
long as a month. The code was new to the 2.0 branch, but the bugs were 
identical in the 2.1 SVN, which supposedly has more testers. (A 
surprising number of people run off trunk, including all of the active 
contributers I know of. However those folks, including me, seem to miss 
or ignore bugs sometimes.)

The lack of people testing SVN is part of the reason I've been 
encouraging frequent syncs of SVN to the WP.com live site, because that 
has so many people using it even obscure bugs get reported very quickly.

However because of Donncha's wedding and honeymoon, we hadn't synced the 
codebase in about a month (before nonces were added) so these seemingly 
obvious things weren't caught.

Testing is not sexy! We've tried writing guides, mailing lists, nightly 
builds, short betas, really long betas, nothing that has been suggested 
hasn't been tried. At the end of the day, more people using every little 
part of the system every day is the only way that has consistently kept 
development pretty stable. On the downside, it's a lot more work to 
constantly sync and it often makes WP.com less stable.

That was a long-winded way of saying I've finally found something that I 
think works, but has some drawbacks. The same thing could be replicated 
on a smaller scale by any dedicated developer who hosts blogs for 5-20 

> If you think that having 2 rlease in one week sounds good.. ok.. I
> dounbt it is, just for the image of the software

Very true, we can roll up these and any other bug / security fixes that 
come up for another release in the 2.0 series in about a month or so.

(Sorry to respond just to your email, this was something a few people 
have brought up in the thread.)

Matt Mullenweg
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