R.I.P. WP-Pro Mailing List

Those of you who counted on the WP-Pro mailing list to either post jobs or receive job offers will be disappointed with the news that the mailing list is going away. Announced by Jane Wells on August 18th, the list will be de-activated at the end of this week.

Let’s face it: when someone says they want to hire someone for a WordPress job, making them sign up for a mailing list just to post an ad is a little ridiculous when they could go to a site like http://jobs.wordpress.net and put up a post that can be easily managed/updated in moments as well as being seen by far more people.

The reaction from those who use and have received client work because of the list are not too pleased to see it disappear and would rather have it stick around. However, the discontinuation of the WP-Pro mailing list could be what the doctor ordered for WPCOOP.org. To get an idea as to what WPCoop is all about, check out this interview I had with Jayson T. Cote back in September of 2009. A number of people on the mailing list have expressed interest to help Jayson get WPCoop back in action and if you’re one of those interested in helping out, you can sign up to the list.

While I’ve never used the list myself, over the past two years I’ve seen the number of WordPress specific job boards increase. In fact, WPTavern.com forum now has one although it’s rarely used since only VIP members can post job offers. Outside of Codepoet.com, you can also check out this handy list of job boards that was published to the Tavern forums by Nick.


2 responses to “R.I.P. WP-Pro Mailing List”

  1. Hi, Jeffro.

    My name is Nicolás and, as a former member of the recently dead [wp-pro] mailing list, I would like to invite you to visit a new website I did because of the imminent close of the list (although I couldn’t get it finished before they shut down the list and I couldn’t spread the word to my co-listers): http://wp-p.ro/

    It looks like a Job Board… and it is BUT with many differences with the currently available Job Boards over there. It has a bunch of features (which I’ve collected from ideas sent to the mailing list since 2005 and) that makes it such a very good tool for both posting and looking for a WP related job and I’m currently working on many more features which I expect to be releasing as soon as I finish each one of them.

    Some of the key features are:

    the users’ reputation based on real transactions’ feedback
    the public users’ profiles with bio (and a brief portfolio in the near future)
    the informative mails sent on certain actions into the transaction flow
    the pretty simple job posting form
    a personal and private area to manage all the user info, ongoing offers and/or job applications
    and more is coming!

    All the features and services in the site will be free during a limited period of time (until December 1, 2010). After that, some services and actions will become paid (at a really low cost in comparison with other site of this type). Yes, I know it sucks but there are some (valid, I think) reasons to do that: the cost by job post will be 5€ (for 1 month) and the cost by application will be 1€ (such symbolical costs, aren’t they?) and they will help to keep the reputation ecosystem clean of scammers (they don’t like to pay for scam) and all will go directly to pay hosting, user’s support, and future development of new features. However, the rest of the features and services (as the site sign up, the RSS feeds -even by category and searches-, etc.) will remain free forever.

    This website is an old idea I had many months ago because of some strong discussions which have happened into the mailing list but the very main reason I’ve put hands on work (finally) was the imminent cancellation of the mailing list and the idea of make a great tool that could make the list users happy. What you see was made in just 1 week (trying to launch before the people at Automattic shut down the [wp-pro] list, objective that I couldn’t achieve :() and I don’t have any doubt it will help many people to “get their things done” far better than most of the current offer. BTW, do I need to say it is done on WP?

    Please, be my guest. Sign in, give it a try, test it and use it however you want. I’d love to hear any thing you would want to tell me about it :)

    I’ll appreciate any support that you, or any one would like to give to the project.


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