[wp-hackers] Community Views on Now and the Future

steve caturan scaturan at negimaki.com
Sat Mar 4 23:30:26 GMT 2006


i'm more of a lurker, not a programmer or a web developer. :)

i think the WordPress platform would benefit if it were to undergo a 
security audit by an independent contractor like Gulf Tech Research 
and/or Netcraft - these folks have eyes that are trained differently 
(imho), unmatched experience & have tools that can point out weak points 
that can be exploited and overlooked - no, not to undermine the existing 
efforts being made. not necessarily a line-by-line code auditing like 
the OpenBSD project does.

also, I'm wondering if the project has plans to release patch files as 
an alternative to downloading entire packages just to get a bump from, 
say 2.0 to 2.0.1 - a simple patch -p0 -s < patchfile would really help 
speed up the process for those mainting 100s of WordPress blogs, like 
myself. why does WordPress have to include *new* features for revisions? 
why not just release something like 2.0.1 to address bug fixes, nothing 

i also think the WordPress project should maintain both development & 
support channels, separately. and that more core developers & testing 
folks should be part of it, at least the ones that can make a genuine 
commitment, not just lip service.

in closing, i believe the WordPress codex is one of the best. props to 
all the contributors. :) Podz, looking forward to your planned 
contributions to Gallery 2 codex, another project I monitor.

Robert Deaton wrote:
> Dear all hackers and lurkers (I know you're out there),
> With the growing frequency of topics that are frustrated with the way
> WordPress is currently moving, especially this post from the forums
> list ( http://comox.textdrive.com/pipermail/wp-forums/2006-March/001532.html
> ), I'm growing curious as to how the hackers community as a whole
> feels, so I'd like to throw up a little survey, and find out what some
> people honestly think.
> - How do you think the Development model of WordPress is now? What are
> its strongpoints? What are its flaws? What do you think should be
> changed and what should be left the same?
> - What are your views on project's leadership? Are they steering us in
> the right direction, or are we going downhill? Is community feedback
> weighted enough with personal views of the developers? Are we
> interacting with people outside the coding community enough to get a
> fair view of what could be the best for everyone?
> - Do we get too little, just the right amount, or too much feedback
> from the developers on things discussed on this list and elsewhere? Do
> you think this has a positive or negative impact on the project as a
> whole?
> I'll leave my views out of this message and answer my own questions
> later in the thread.
> --
> --Robert Deaton
> http://somethingunpredictable.com
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