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

Roy Schestowitz r at schestowitz.com
Sun Mar 5 05:31:28 GMT 2006

_____/ On Sat 04 Mar 2006 22:48:21 GMT, [Robert Deaton] wrote : \_____

> Dear all hackers and lurkers (I know you're out there),

Hi Robert,

> 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.

For what it's worth, I saw newsgroups threads that went along that theme
too. One matter is WordPress as-is and a separate issue is the upgrade.
It's the same scenario for usability and stability as it is a feature-wise
argument (alluding to 2.x in particular).

> - 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?

I know that you will disagree, but WordPress is managed by a collection of
heroes rather than involve a layered delegation of responsibilities. It
makes matters poorly-structured. Can you put together a mental image of
WordPress development, from a social perspective?

> - 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?

I happen to agree with many opinions voiced by the 'leadership'. I don't
think there is much place for improvement in that respect.

> - 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?

Feedback has a cost. I remember times when Matt spent much of his time just
catching up with E-mail, mailing lists, the blogsphere, forums and so

> I'll leave my views out of this message and answer my own questions
> later in the thread.

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