1. Michael Torbert

    I can certainly understand your position that Ma.tt doesn’t have mostly content relevant to WordPress news these days, and wanting it to be removed from Planet WordPress. However, the argument could be made that, unlike many other highly used utilities, WordPress has a creator who is close, reachable, and more personable. Anyone who uses WordPress is immediately exposed to its creator’s personal life, something which is rare in far-reaching companies.
    Aside from that, it’s his software, why wouldn’t he want to use it as free advertisement for his blog? NextGEN Gallery’s main page has the feed for Alex Rabe’s personal blog as well. Of course, you can always easily change the feed shown in the Dashboard.

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  2. Jeffro

    @Michael Torbert – Yes, that argument could be made. And you’re right, if it bothers people that much they can remove that news or change the FEED url to something they like. But, I think an even better solution is Matt aggregating a WordPress category or tag from his blog.

    However, I wonder if it is beneficial to the community as a whole to look at their dashboard in the backend of WordPress and realize Matt just went on a trip to Paris and he has cool photos. With all due respect, the widget is called Other WordPress News and I think pictures from a trip Matt took to Paris falls out of that category.

    Now, we all know WordPress is Matt’s baby and he going to do what he damn well pleases, he has that right. But, is he really doing the right thing by having that non-WordPress related information showing up in areas where people want WordPress information?


  3. Michael Torbert

    I suppose I should point out that most people probably aren’t aware they can easily change the feed.

    It may not be immediately beneficial to a person’s WordPress to see Matt’s personal blog posts, and just feeding a WordPress News category would certainly correct that. However, I maintain that WordPress is unique. With a million WordPress site owners, every one of them can feel involved. You use MySQL, PHP, and Apache on more projects than WordPress, but can the average user name any of their developers, much less their creators?

    Aside from the fact that Matt can do whatever he wants, one thing that initially drew me into WordPress was the community. Drupal, CentOS, Joomla, MySQL, etc could only dream of having a community like WordPress has. At the head of that community is a creator that is very reachable and involved. He isn’t some distant executive whom nobody has ever heard of. As soon as a new WordPress user logs in for the first time, they are able to see this significant distinction that WordPress has from any other large scale application they’ve ever used.


  4. Andrew

    Let me ask a more wide reaching question: Why do users (not that I said users, not developers, not fans, not designers, but actual end users) need WordPress news at all?

    If you develope a site for a plumber does he need it? no. Do my parents need it? no. Do they care who created it? no.

    It should be off by default, and I don’t mean hidden, I mean the dashboard should be setup without any feeds so that it does nothing by default.


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  5. Chip Bennett

    So, is WordPress a community project, or is it Matt’s baby?

    We can’t have it both ways.

    The primary reason that I changed the “Other WordPress News” feed url from planet.wordpress to Ozh’s Planet WordPress is that Ozh’s feed generally has more useful posts/information. So, I agree wholeheartedly that the Planet feed would benefit from having non-WP specific posts culled.

    Posts about Matt’s trips to Paris (or any other non-WP posts from anyone else on the planet) do constitute spam in the context of the WP admin dashboard.


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