[wp-hackers] Putting the P in WordPress

Christopher O'Connell jwriteclub at gmail.com
Tue Jul 6 18:14:21 UTC 2010

The P function is horrendously offensive and improper, but that is nothing
compared to the way in which this is being treated by the core team. I
shan't rehash all of the arguments, others have said it far more elegantly
than I.

But, Matt, the difference between disagreement and disregard is that when
one disagrees one still takes a moment to consider the pros- and cons- of
ones argument.

The P function is a purely self-aggrandizing decree -- the sort of hubris
and abuse that I had resonably hoped the WP community had moved beyond. As
the Wall Stree Journal states in their editorial philosophy

[We stand] against ... the ukases of kings and other collectivists; and for
individual autonomy against dictators, bullies and even the tempers of
momentary majorities.

WordPress is meant to be a community, and the reason this has people red
with rage, writing, instead of hacking, is because they are rightly filled
with disgust and horror at such low action.

~ Christopher

On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 10:39 AM, Matt Mullenweg <m at mullenweg.com> wrote:

> On 7/6/2010 1:30 PM, eric at eamann.com wrote:
>> Some time ago I wrote a patch in response to a user's request that we add
>> Skype
>> and Facebook and LinkedIn and other fields to the profile page ... it was
>> rejected because "There's a filter there, which means a plugin can easily
>> control all of this." (ticket #11367)  It makes sense that we not include
>> additional (trivial) functionality like this into core ... it made sense
>> there
>> and it still makes sense now.
> For what it's worth, I think it would be nice to modernize those fields,
> and even go a step further to authenticate them where possible. I would have
> said so if I had seen that ticket.
>  It doesn't paint a pretty picture of the core teams' opinion of the rest
>> of the
>> community ...
> One of the core tenets of Open Source development is that people can
> disagree, strongly, but still respect each other.
> --
> Matt Mullenweg
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