kvetching gets the official stamp of approval

Prompted by Habari’s emphasis upon development by the community rather than the elite few, Matt launches a PR exercise to dispel the popular image of WP development. Hey, don’t knock it. Matt discovering PR (that’s public relations, not page rank, of which he has been well aware for some time now) is an interesting development in itself, even if he does end up having to mark down any suggestions he doesn’t like and abandon the idea of displaying the kvetches.

10 Comments »

  1. Alan said

    I wonder if kvetching will backfire…

  2. Well, kvetching’s anonymous, and even though he says he’s planning to display them I doubt this will really happen. If it does, they will be heavily censored and probably restricted to stuff like ‘I love WordPress so much, why can’t you bring out a new release every WEEK!!!’ and ‘why don’t you post on the dev blog more? I really like hearing about new developments!’. Not to mention ‘my only complaint about WordPress is that it’s free, and you guys should be millionaires for all you do for us!’

  3. Alan said

    Ah, so my complaints about Kubrick, spam systems that rely on outside serves, and even the long strings of pointless profanity will never see the light of day? How disappointing.

  4. Matt said

    Non-profane kvetches will be public, probably next week when there’s enough stuff there to make a random a good time waster. Besides the occasional profanity the kvetches have actually been really great, about 200 sent in thus far. Ideas will have a more direct impact on development though, and there have been more than twice as many of those.

    Wank, have you sent your kvetches in yet? I bet you could push it to 300.

  5. atthe404 said

    I could be really cynical and suggest that the guys who are earning the big bucks could develop their own software instead of profiting off the backs of the community. Still – it is a novel concept to stop treating people with ideas like they had the plague or something. It probably won’t last.

  6. Alan531 said

    My guess is most of the kvetchs could be a general complaint on many open source projects (note that I did not say all).🙂

  7. Alan531 said

    OT: Hey root, what happened to your TextPattern site?

  8. I’ve only dispatched two kvetches so far, since most of my annoyances these days are wordpress.com-specific (dodgy themes, pointless doodads, getting promised discounts that don’t happen, that sort of thing). But I’ll try to think of a couple of others.

  9. atthe404 said

    Some of the folk at WP – and they know who they are – have a very seedy track record of opening up *inclusive dialogue* and then editing (deleting) the contributions they don’t like without the courtesy of informing the participants.

  10. timethief said

    :0 What? Editing non-profane invited “input” without prior notification – WTF is that if not censorship? As Alice once said things just get curiouser and curiouser.

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