in which i do not start a campaign

Further sorties in Matt’s ongoing crusade to ensure mere designers do not profit from their work:

  • Small Potatoes is rewarded for caving into pressure to relicence his CC themes as GPL with precious linkjuice from the master’s PR 8 blog. (Remind me how he got that ranking again? Oh yes, I remember. It was the blogosphere’s collective fascination with his myspace-esque posts arranging meetups in random cities.)
  • Matt takes his bright new ‘censor all mention of sponsored themes’ concept to the Ideas forum (h/t Adam). Now, if I were in the business of activism and believed there was, or ever had been, such a thing as the wordpress community (as opposed to a loose grouping of rabid fanboys and the occasional malcontent, none of whom can seriously expect to have their views taken into account), I would be urging everyone to go and vote this down. You know, in order to remind Matt that wordpress.org is not his sole property and that the ideas forum was invented to give the community a voice, seeing as Matt has more than enough outlets to parade his prejudices already. Except, of course, wordpress.org is Matt’s sole property and the ideas forum was invented as a PR exercise in the aftermath of a kinda-sorta fork project by people who objected to his control-freakery. So that would be pointless.

    Awesome if it happened, mind.

  • I don’t like defending sponsored themes but thin ends, wedges, the Voltaire principle, all that. I don’t like people being kicked off forums for the crime of making money. I don’t like people using sponsored themes, attempting to conceal their origin, and then coming all holier-than-thou about the evilness of sponsored themes. If they’re so evil, don’t bloody use them. Or use them, and quit whining about their evilness. As I’ve said before, if SEO people have discovered the joys of theming you only have the default blogroll to blame. And if, in the face of getting banned for being honest about what they’re doing, they resort to putting their links in divs styled margin-left:-9000px I don’t really see how that’s going to help the users avoid spammy layouts either.

6 Comments »

  1. Dead_ said

    Matt needs to reread GPL. Or relicense WordPress to his own ‘NEVAR MAKE MONEY’ scheme, so he at least has a foot to stand on.

  2. ttancm said

    I think everyone should vote it down just to see if the WP people actually honor the vote, or just do whatever the hell they want anyway.

  3. It’s an unworkable idea anyway. Who’s going to police Codex? I somehow don’t think Matt has the time, and I doubt anyone else cares enough to a) go through every single theme listed there checking for traces of spam and b) keep the weeded list pristine. Ditto keeping sponsored themes off the forums — does he not think the moderators have enough to do already? Does he seriously believe that the handful of volunteers he has left are going to bother following up every ‘look at my kewl new theme!’ thread rather than spending their time doing, you know, support?

  4. ttancm said

    I’d have to disagree there. I think the vast majority of the people who are supposed to be doing support would much rather break people’s nuts for some inane reason or another.

    I actually saw a thread the other day where someone was posting replies to himself over the course of a few days as he tried to make progress on a problem with not a peep from anyone else on the forms trying to help him. Towards the end of the thread someone came in to make fun of him for posting replies to himself and he replied angrily and all of the sudden mods swooped in from nowhere to lock the thread, although there wasn’t a peep from them when this poor guy was struggling to resolve a problem.

    I also found the comment from Matt about not wanting sponsored themes around because most WP users can’t edit php to remove the sponsored links funny, in light of having seen posts where some of the mods over at the codex out and out state they didn’t think anyone who didn’t know php should be using WordPress in the first place.

    Holy mixed messages batman.

  5. Root said

    Don’t know who the *odd malcontent* might include. :)

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