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  1. Sadly enough, I have to admit that I’ve been sitting on 4-5 different projects that are almost ready for release but waiting for that 1 or 2 other “essential” feature to come of age. The problem I see, though, is that this is more of a debilitating issue for freelancers and single-developer shops than it is for organizations like Apple and Automattic.

    If a single developer ships a buggy 1.0 release, they have to handle the outcry and support requests from the community while working on a more polished 2.0 (or even 1.1) update. If it’s a team rather than an individual sharing the responsibility, you can isolate the developers from the support group and get things out the door while addressing the problems they cause at the same time.

    So, while much of my hesitation to release in-development projects has been symptomatic of one-more-thing syndrome, nearly as much of it has also been symptomatic of I’ve-got-too-much-to-fix-and-not-enough-time-to-fix-it syndrome. You can only respond to so many support and feature requests and continue to maintain a solid development cycle …


  2. @Eric Mann – Great response. That’s another thing I’ve noticed in the past few months. Quite a few cool little plugins that are being kept in-house because of the fear that the increased load of support will bring on. Then this all gets turned around into the problem of 80% support 20% development while at the end of the day nothing gets done.


  3. I thought maybe Matt was trying to send a message to Drupal, or lord knows to the Habari community. Not sure why he’d want to goad them into action, but it seems like a message they could stand to hear.

    However, as a user, and a lazy and easily satisfied one at that, I’d be happy if WordPress never had another major update. I realize that’s not the way the world works, but really, it’s fine, guys. Don’t make it so complicated that yahoos like me can’t even figure out how to hack up a theme anymore. I kind of miss those 2.0 days…


  4. I like to err on the side of releasing stuff and seeing if anyone can use or it improve it. I open-sourced three themes that I’ve created, in order to offer my minimalist theme design ideas to the community for one but also because I wanted to be able to say that my WP site runs on a 100% free and open source software stack.

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