A response from Matt

While still on holiday, “Matt Mullenweg”:http://photomatt.net/ has written a “response”:http://photomatt.net/2005/04/01/a-response/ on the entire Hot Nacho endeavor. If you haven’t read it already, I suggest you do. Matt responds and apologizes. Which is really, really, great: He is quite humble in realizing the mistakes, and I’m pretty confident that WordPress won’t go down the same route ever again. Which makes me happy about recommending WordPress again to those who cannot use/afford Movable Type.
If any good has come out of this, it’s the proof that Open Source Software projects are being held to a very high ethical standard by their users and contributors. Which is healthy — I just wish that the world of commercial software was held up to the same standards — because there is a lot of shady stuff going on.

4 Comments

  1. Ozh

     /  2005-04-02

    Projects held to a high ethical standard by their community… or maybe it’s just that the communities are nothing but normal people with their well-known ability to yell for scandal and ask for quick justice in a matter of seconds.

  2. No, actually, I do believe people expect better from an OSS project than they do from some commercial outfit.

  3. Sean

     /  2005-04-07

    Yea, Arve, cuz I’ll pay for anything that a company makes… no matter what their ethics.
    But what I download for free? Well, THAT group I expect nothing but perfection from.

  4. Sean, I’m merely suggesting that people are more willing to raise hell when someone involved with free software messes up. Mostly because the free software movement still has a reputation for being “good”.