1. Tung Do

    I know how you feel. My experience while running Wpdesigner.com was quite similar to yours. Take the high road and burn no bridges, I don’t know how many times my readers and peers in WordPress development circle have said those words. Anytime you achieve some sort of success or gain a following in WordPress, people assume you owe it to the community to take neutral grounds. And, if you don’t, they treat you like an immature anomaly who doesn’t get their herd mentality.

    Luckily, for me, those advices haven’t sunk in. I hope they don’t get you down either. I don’t see any good reason in following business or even life unwritten rules for the sake of following them. If you do it just because everyone else does it, you’re a robot or… a sheep.

    As you grow older in life, you learn to be nicer to everyone and avoid the douchebags, but that’s not possible online because you always see what the douchebags are up to and some things have to be said.

    You gotta say what’s on your mind. I look at it as contributing to karma. People on the opposite end of your opinions deserve what they got coming to them. And if you’re wrong, hey, karma works both ways.


  2. rgregory

    Wow, reading this post was kinda like watching a slow motion car crash. Time to get over the grumps man. Things are tough all over. I can’t think of a job that doesn’t require you to bite the bullet once in a while. If you’re not getting paid and it’s no fun, the choice is obvious. Hope you get it figured out before another post like this.


  3. designOdyssey

    Gotta say I’m torn by this dilemna in my work on a daily basis. I negotiate labor agreements with people who the definition of “asshat” certainly applies from time to time. But, unlike a used car sale, I have to deal with them week after week, month after month. I’ve learned to pick my spots – call out the behavior without personal attacks. Once you get good at it, it’s more effective and can be just as fun as “giving them a piece of your mind.”

    Doesn’t mean you need to agree with people or condone their behavior. Doing that may only feed it.

    I do agree that positivity attracts a different audience than negativity. Both get an audience though. Choose what you want to do and do it. You’ll live with the consequences either way.


  4. David Gwyer

    At the end of the day you have to do what is right for you. I for one think this is a great site, and would definitely miss the WordPress Weekly pod casts if they ever stopped – there has been some fantastic shows in the past.

    Personally I would be happy to subscribe to the forum (I am not just talking about the now defunct VIP section). How about offering different tiers of subscription (bronze, silver, and gold), which is purely optional.

    If a forum user decided to take out a subscription then, on their posts on the left hand side, they get displayed a nice shiny badge icon proudly stating ‘WP Tavern Contributor’, or something similar! I have seen this method used on on other sites, usually on an open source type projects.

    Perhaps you should consider this Jeff, you may be surprised how many supporters you have out there! :) Worth a shot in any case IMO. Nothing to lose?


  5. Ipstenu

    Being a blogger (and writing what’s in your heart) is only half the problem. Running a community, and managing/wrangling/moderating the people in it, is MUCH harder than crafting a well written (if controversial) blog post. That’s what eats your soul :/


  6. Jim Hubbard

    Do what you love. If you sell out to please others, then they will change what pleases them.

    Ass kissing only leaves you with brown lips and bad breath. Just say no.

    That being said, success is effortless. That doesn’t mean that there is no work required. It simply means that when you do what you love to do, no matter how much work is involved, it doesn’t take very much effort.

    It’s when you stop doing what you love that you become aware of how much effort it takes to get things done. You must make an effort to overcome the bad taste that doing what you don’t love leaves in your mouth.

    You are worthy of happiness just as much as the next person – just as much as your visitors are – and you should have it. Do what you love to do, and you will.

    I know this all sounds new-age-ish and such, but look at the people that have both happiness and money. They mostly got it doing what they love – not chasing the almighty dollar, and certainly not letting others set their course for them.

    Money follows happy people. Happy employees make the company more money than sad, bitching, moaning employees. Happy employees are self-motivated.

    Be happy. Do what you love. If people don’t like it, there’s a billion other sites they can join to complain.

    Good luck to you!


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