cutting your nose off to spite your face

Run, don’t walk, to the delightful wp-forums list, where the mavens have decided to pile on a newbie helper who made the HEINOUS mistake of linking back to his sites in every answer he gave, evidently unaware of the official wordpress line that all linkbacks are eeeeeeeeevil (unless of course they are to the developers).

As this official policy was not, at the time, stated anywhere on the forum outside of Podz’s head, he feels a little aggrieved and resorts to talking about fanciful things like ‘democracy’ and ‘openness’ and, bless him, ‘accountability’. Like these concepts have meaning in the wanky world of wordpress.

In every other forum it would rock me to my socks to have someone say, “Awww, thanks for helping, but can you remove the freaking sig?!!?!!”

It’s just you people. And I admit to the failing of finding it hard to understand.

Nowhere in those responses does anybody say ‘thanks for helping’. Are they so used to ungrateful users that they’ve forgotten that the phrase exists? Or do they now have so many support volunteers they can afford to alienate people who actually know about mySQL? Or are they just confident that he will not follow through on his promise to leave the forums for ever and ever, since they have never followed through on theirs?

(You are not a real wordpress support volunteer until you have declared you are leaving the forums for ever and ever. Twice.)

I do like, by the way, the suggestion of adding ‘report this post’ links so that the proletariat can help out with spam-and-abuse spotting. However, the chances of useful features getting rolled into coded-in-a-weekendPress seem slim.

3 Comments »

  1. Vc said

    Oh, planetthoughtful left (unless of course he came back with a different nick – not unheard of…. the “late unlamented root” has been back a couple of times under other names, I’ve heard….)

    Thing is, he was asked several times NOT to do the sig thing…. he basically refused. So now, due to him, we have a rule….

    You like that better, huh?

  2. wank said

    Oh yeah, I have no problems with banning sigs. I just have problems with not bothering to tell anyone they’re banned, and then getting bent out of shape because people aren’t psychic.

  3. Vc said

    Yes. But I have to tell you that heesh WAS asked very politely several times…. the previous “offenders” were happy to comply when asked, so there wasn’t a NEED for a RULE.

    They weren’t banned before, just politely discouraged. They ARE banned now. I don’t suppose you’ll agree, but really it WAS his own fault.

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