will the last person to leave the forums please switch out the lights?

Everyone with actual power has left already:

Also, sonific died. Since they did not actually offer any music that people wanted to listen to (that is why they died), autoplay never proved to be the scourge that some of us feared. Nonetheless it is odd that wordpress.com continues to offer a widget which people have been advised to remove asap and which will cease to work a week from now.

Never mind, widgets and themes are so 2006. We’re only meant to care about gravatars now.

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  1. timethief said

    Meanwhile, the many requests for lastfm fell on deaf ears.

  2. Roads said

    Meanwhile, you can get projectplaylist.com to work in wordpress.com … just about …

    … but it’s a bit of a faff, to be perfectly honest.

  3. Richard said

    Should we start a pool to see how long the widget will remain available in the dashboard after May 1?

  4. Should have taken the picture Monday. Modlook went back five days.

  5. Richard said

    Five days is as good as 500 when it comes to a modlook tag, I’m surprised they didn’t just ignore it completely.

    I think I’m now finally ready for self-imposed inactivation.

  6. Meanwhile, the many requests for lastfm fell on deaf ears.

    I get the impression that when it comes to widgets and spurious new features like SnapShots and AnswerLinks, Automattic sit back and wait for third-party providers to come to them with the code and the kickbacks all ready, rather than going out and seeking new partners to provide features requested by users. (How long have people been asking for polls now?) last.fm are doing pretty well without wordpress.com, so they had no real incentive to come courting them. Sonific, on the other hand, needed all the help they could get.

    The net result of this is that widgets and spurious new features end up being provided by struggling second-division try-hards rather than the leaders in their field, and choice of widgets is determined by whoever happens to approach Automattic rather than by user demand.

    Modlook went back five days.

    Nobody is careless enough to leave spam in place that long by accident, not when they’ve been running forums as long as Automattic have. Anyone for nachos?

  7. Matt said

    I get the impression that when it comes to widgets and spurious new features like SnapShots and AnswerLinks, Automattic sit back and wait for third-party providers to come to them with the code and the kickbacks all ready . . .

    . . .or they just take GPL’d plugins and integrate them without any sort of compensation or even notification to the developers, as they did with the newest gravatar feature.

    http://blog.gravatar.com/2008/04/22/identicons-monsterids-and-wavatars-oh-my/#comment-4989

    I get that GPL means that Automattic can do whatever they want with it, but this is a bit hostile toward the ‘WordPress Community’ that they talk about appreciating so much.

  8. They’ve been doing the same with themes for years. They take them, hack them about a bit, use them for commercial gain, and the actual developer is lucky if they get as much as a public thank you. So I’m not surprised they have now extended the same gracelessness to plugin authors. Truly, how long would it take to shoot these guys an email saying ‘hi, we really love your plugin and are planning to roll it into our core product, would you like to send us your PayPal address so we can recompense you for a) your work and b) taking down your blog when we link to it?’

    (I’m CC-Sharealiking that email text, so if anyone from Automattic wants to copy/paste it to save even more time from their busy schedule, be my guest.)

    I’m sure nobody expects a donation in return for GPL code, even if it is used commercially by a multimillion dollar corporation, but it would be a nice gesture nonetheless. And if they’re not prepared to make it, they should really get around to removing http://wordpress.org/donate/.

  9. Root said

    I mention this in passing. And I bear no resentment. Really. But in the days when Gemini was in it’s heyday; Matt never mentioned it once. Except to diss the developer in the thread from hell. Funny that. From that day forwards I have always believed that in the dark recesses of its lead developers mind: WP sucks.

  10. options said

    prehaps, not only you had somewhat similar belief.

    author of that post (being a WP expert) switched OL to Mefisto, Joen to Joomla…

    somewhere in the comments around here thousand of contributors into WP core were mentioned as the copyright holders. now I wonder how much of that right do they hold in this product (sic! distributable product, not service)?

  11. […] answer is probably lack of that said “attractive” (for Automattic) deal. TGA, as always, nailed it again: last.fm are doing pretty well without wordpress.com, so they had no real incentive to come […]

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