Flexible Content Management System


An Update from the Trenches....

Contributed by on Aug 27, 2002 - 12:52 AM

There's quite a few issues that have surfaced on the mailing lists, as well as the article comments boards, so in the interest of organization, and general sanity, I will be spreading the various issues out to individual articles.

That way, we can keep the various issues segregated, and don't end up with a hodge-podge of uncontrolled commentaries.

The way I see it, there are a number of issues that are important to you, and I hope to be able to address them all in a satisfactory manner. But before I do, I feel I need to address one major issue, and that is one of expectations and differing needs.

Now, I'm also well-aware that it is nearly impossible to make everyone happy, and that some of you might not agree with directions and ideas I'm about to share.

That's okay. People disagree - if we didn't, we'd be robots. All I ask is that if you disagree, you rationally and calmly explain your disagreement, and the reason behind the disagreement. I don't pretend to know it all, nor do I assume I know what each of you need and want.

Now, that being said, this project is not here to satisfy the needs of everyone - as stated above, that's impossible.

The nature of Open Source is to 'scratch an itch', so all of us involved in the project do so because it meets a need of ours. Where Open Source becomes fun is when others look at a project, and suggest "How about...", and if your suggestion or contribution happens to fit our roadmap, and the direction we're going, or is even something we never thought of ourselves, so much the better. The project grows, everyone gets something they need, and we sing 'Kumbaya'.

On the other hand, if we see PostNuke as a weblog/CMS, yet you want it to be an espresso machine, then you need to realize that we are not a good match for you, and find something like or to pursue your goals. No harm, no foul, and we still end up singing Kumbaya.

That being said, I do consider it important for those of us managing this project to take the needs of the community and its contributors into consideration, which is why I try to make these articles a regular feature to solicit and digest feedback from all of you.

The last batch of articles resulted in a lot of really valuable feedback, and many suggestions and ideas that have influenced our decisions regarding 'what to do next' . While I certainly have a definite vision and idea where to take PostNuke, and how to get there, as stated earlier, I don't pretend to know everything, and different folks contribute ideas and suggestions from a different angle, an angle that we may not have considered - again, that's what Open Source is all about. We show you ours, and you show us yours....

Now, onwards to the issues....