[wp-hackers] Developer portal

Nathan Rice ncrice at gmail.com
Mon Dec 14 23:47:23 UTC 2009

On Mon, Dec 14, 2009 at 6:32 PM, Mike Schinkel
<mikeschinkel at newclarity.net>wrote:

> To Nathan's point, Nathan writes because it gets him exposure which
> ultimately helps him pay his bills.  For entrepreneurs (vs. employees of
> some organization) that exposure *allows* them to continue contributing to
> the WordPress community.  Automattic, OTOH, is making money from all this so
> they don't feel the pain.

For the record, I don't have a dog in this race. I rarely write tutorials on
my blog. It's a LOT of work to write a quality tutorial, and I honestly
don't have that much time, nor do I need the traffic (or the money the
traffic might generate).

> I have zero qualms about Automattic making money, it should, I just want
> everyone to realize that free help to WordPress grows Automatic's revenue
> but does absolutely nothing for those individuals whose bills are paid by
> the ability to get paying work because of their *visible* contribution. Not
> acknowledging that and not considering how to make it easier for those
> people to get business who have contributed seems very disingenuous to me.

You make a decent point, though I'm not sure how a central documentation
site makes Automattic any money.

But it does stand to reason that if you want to encourage participation, it
seems likely that some sort of perceivable personal benefit might do the
trick better than high hopes will.

That said, WP.org is Matt's site and he can do whatever he thinks is best
with it. I'm just trying to make the case that he'll catch more flies with
honey than nothing. I could be wrong, though.


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