…why anyone would send someone who’s having trouble using a particular blogging package an email telling them that perhaps they’re too stupid to use said package?!? Thats what someone said to Tek on her blog after she expressed frustration with getting WordPress to work the way she wanted:
**addendum**:Oh and yes, perhaps I am too stupid to use WordPress. Maybe I should “just use LiveJournal”. I have no problem with admitting if I am beyond my depth here.
With emails like that, I’m not so sure that maybe I should migrate. =/
What the hell is up with that? I not only expressed similar frustration with WordPress, but I gave up on it after only a minimal of effort simply because it was more work than I wanted to invest in it when I had a simpler (to me at least) solution ready to take its place. Instead of making snarky comments perhaps you might offer up your supposedly superior knowledge of the product in assistance to folks struggling to make it work. Or does the idea of a larger user base spurring a more active community and singing the praises of your favorite blogging package not seem like a good thing to you? WordPress is a good blogging package and I’m keeping my eye on it, but let’s be honest here and admit that it is not the easiest thing in the world to use unless you stick with the defaults it’s setup with after running the install script.
Yeah Tek was cranky, but she made some valid points about the dearth of clear instructions for many of the plugins for WordPress. A failing which surely isn’t WordPress’s alone. There are several MT plugins out there that could use better explanation and, in all honesty, ExpressionEngine’s documentation is a fine example of minimalism in many respects. If you’ve managed to puzzle it out then share your knowledge and help someone else discover the joys of your blogging package instead of insulting them for getting frustrated at something many people would reasonably get frustrated with.
Personally, I’m immersing myself in EE as best I can so I might contribute back to the community in some way. I’m already beta-testing a module revision for Rick Ellis (which is working great so far) and I’m going to be working on testing the trackback issue with Paul. If I can figure out how all this stuff fits together I may even take a hand at trying to revise the documentation a bit. Why? Because I like the package and I think it’s worth it to help out.
Hmmm. Two rants this early in the morning can’t bode well for having a good day…