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I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
– Bill Cosby
mnolin, Mark Jaquith, Jane Wells, and 8 others are discussing. Toggle Comments
I agree to a point. My site is more successful because I do try and please every one but I do acknowledge that I can not.
There are several web hosts I have been when that try to please every one but acknowledge that they can not and it is hosts like these that I feel are great hosts and are the only type of hosts I will do business with.
I will admit if you try and please every one with out realizing you can not is a waist of time but trying to and realizing you can not is different.
Who is WordPress trying to please, and who is WordPress not trying to please?
and THAT is the fundamental question!
As fake-Sarah Palin recently said on SNL, “Ooh, that one’s got a hidden message!”
Trying: The community behind it.
Not Trying: Everybody.
We should really have a mission statement (or something like a mission statement that we don’t call a mission statement) to clarify this. It would be nice to have something to point people to when they start taking discussions in a direction we’re not interested in going.
To democratize publishing.
Okay, then also a list of general goals/approaches that we stand behind.
Wine, women, and song.
But seriously, Andy P is actually working on a first draft of some core principles for the philosophy page on WordPress.org. Think of it like a “frequently defended opinions” page: fewer options are better, 80% rule, 1% rule, etc.
My slightly more verbose version: “To bring free, intuitive web publishing to everyone who has something to say.”
Yay @ philosophy page. Death to “make it an option” as a solution to disagreements.
Don’t forget we can always say the things that WordPress isn’t in addition to things that WordPress is.
What am I missing? Que nous reserve l’avenir ?
I think that WordPress should pattern all future development upon the wisdom Bill fucking Cosby.
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