1. NW-coder

    Matt is governance. Period. I continue to predict that wordpress dot com and dot org will, in time, be merged by Automattic. Investors will be delighted. No shiny ball needed.


  2. Miroslav Glavic

    I don’t like what Rachel and Morten did. They didn’t really asked for opinions, maybe they asked a few hundreds.

    How big is the community? Why should THEY be in charge? same for the new co-chairs.

    Why should a tiny vocal and loud minority have their way and “take control”? There is a huge chunk of the community that isn’t involved in the community, doesn’t attend WordCamps, participate in local wp groups, participate in facebook groups about WordPress and haven’t even been asked.

    There should be a survey of some sort.


    • Tomas M.

      a huge chunk of the community that isn’t involved in the community

      = they are users of the product, but not community…

      If they are nowhere they could be reached, how you will reach them? If they are not here, do they really care?


  3. Bastian

    This whole project is doomed from the beginning. Right now, WordPress governance is basically Automattic and some devs from Human Made and 10up just to make it not so obvious.


  4. Tomas M.

    To me it feels that WordPress is at the crossroad – should it be a community project as it always was, or should it become (some may think: to “graduate”) a corporate project – a wheel that is being used frequently in the industry, is developed by powerful industry and accordingly, governed by industry? Both ways are viable – WP as a project would survive and probably thrive, but the surroundings of the project, the atmosphere would be totally different.

    I read WPTavern many years and I noticed that people are less and less vocal about important issues… it’s like they are tired of this.

    Perhaps that was the intention – “let them talk until they’re tired and then do it your way”?

    When Gutenberg controversy happened many people said that forking is not the solution (when ClassicPress happened), but we forgot about the Ghost – it looks they are fine and they are thriving.

    So perhaps let it be – let the WP.org become corporate product with it drive for features and cold corporate governance structure and the fork would become community product that would have warm and great community.

    And big thank you to Morten and Cherry for opening the can of worms!


  5. Pro

    Good riddance, this never made sense to me. By the lack of interest/support it appears I’m not the only one.

    Creating an initiative without buy-in to get more buy-in to an initiative where you feel you don’t have buy-in is quite ironic. There wasn’t enough buy-in, now the two driving it are stepping away. Good for them (no sarcasm, they’re investing their energy elsewhere).

    Is there a need for this? Maybe. I appreciate their efforts, but there are better ways to approach it. This time and energy are better spent working with the core team to raise these issues and garner support. I’d probably start with Josepha–she’s quite reasonable.

    We all may not agree, but the fact that we all care about the future of WordPress is enough common ground to start with. From the outside approaches like WP Governance Project always felt too bit self-important to be effective.

    For all of the folks complaining: it’s open source. Those who contribute decide. Want more influence? Start contributing. Invest the years that others have in improving the project, establish yourself and you will have a voice. That’s how these communities work. It’s not perfect, but it tends to work. Think you know a better way? Get influence, get buy-in, then go make it happen.


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