I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.
— Bill Cosby
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I think that WordPress should pattern all future development upon the wisdom Bill fucking Cosby.
What am I missing? Que nous reserve l’avenir ?
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.
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.
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