WPWeekly Episode 327 – Truth, Misinformation, and Good Ideas

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss what’s new in the world of WordPress. First, we talk about Syed Balkhi’s growth accelerator fund and learn that Jacoby pitched a similar idea to Balkhi at WordCamp Miami 2017.

We discuss the new feedback surrounding Gutenberg thanks to the call out in WordPress 4.9.8. Near the end of the show, we have a thoughtful conversation around misinformation, truth, and the fine line of allowing freedom of speech on private platforms.

I apologize for the audio quality in this episode. During the Live hangout, there were no issues detected. However, once the video was encoded by YouTube, audio issues were present, the video was choppy, and the length of the show was shortened.

Unfortunately, I’ve been complacent with Google Hangouts’ reliability and have not been recording my audio locally. Beginning next week, Jacoby and I will record our audio locally so if this issue happens again, we’ll be able to combine the audio tracks. Although there are parts of this episode that are difficult to listen too, I believe there is enough good audio in the show to warrant its publication.

Stories Discussed:

Syed Balkhi Launches A WordPress-focused Growth Accelerator Fund
Gutenberg Plugin Garners Mixed Reactions from New Wave of Testers
Mythic: A WordPress Starter Theme by Justin Tadlock Now in Open Beta
Advanced Custom Fields to Add Gutenberg Compatibility in Version 5.0, Slated for September
Ephox, Creators of TinyMCE, Rebrand to Tiny Technologies Inc.
This Company Keeps Lies About Sandy Hook on the Web

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2 Comments


  1. I was interested to hear a good rational discussion of audience perception of gutenberg. The podcasters completely dismiss all criticism of Gutenberg. They just mock the users, hahah “Installed it 5 minutes hate it” and”these reviews are not indicative of ..(garbled)”, “the one star reviews never get amended they aren’t indicative”. “Yeah, you have to read them” (in a mocking derisory tone)

    They completely dismiss all criticism and the views of people making them.

    I’d just like to say that I’ve been trying and testing Gutenberg since it was first announced and publicly available. I’ve commented and asked questions. Many of the negative reviews on Wp.com are from very very experienced people. There are far better developers than me who have pointed out issues with the conception and implementation of Gutenberg. Sure, there are some baffled novices in the mix, but there are also the important voices.

    All of them are dismissed in this podcast. “The comments and the reviews are Just a metric”, “you have to read them but they arent the be all and end all”.

    They laugh about it “didn’t like it. lost in shipping” hahahaha.

    Terrible. Completely dismissive of the participants

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  2. I’m not sure if it was Jeff or JJJ who said it, but “kit” is actually a good way of describing themes like Mythic and WPRig. I might have to borrow that term for use on the landing page. :)

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