Several months, after a lengthy mailing list discussion about Chameleon, a so-called CMS that ironically was built on WordPress. I say ironically because nowhere on their website or spec sheet does Flip mention this fact. The software was being sold by FlipCorp for a lofty $6,800 USD, I wrote an entry about it spouting about GPL licensing especially as it pertains to plugins.
Now as I’ve said multiple places, I have no complaints about forked open source project. I don’t even have a problem with forked WordPress-based projects. However, give some credit where credit is due, especially since most of the workforce that built a rock-solid product is volunteer labor. Flip is simply stealing it without attribution, thanks or acknowledgement. Of course, none of the above is required by GPL which perhaps highlights a weakness in the license.
I bring this up again today because Martin Diessner is wearing out his Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V keystrokes by finally catching up with the news that (whisper) people are talking about him and is pasting identical responses all over the net.
My gripe remains. I don’t give a rats ass if you use WordPress, Martin. Lots of people use WordPress. Hell, I even use it as a CMS on some sites, a chore it was never tasked to do but does nicely. But cite your sources on your site. Don’t hide behind the fact that you use WordPress. Use it as a badge of honor. Are you afraid that clients won’t cough up $6,800 USD for your CMS that you give no public demonstration or proof of concept for if they know it is WordPress?
And I ask again, as I did on Technosailor this afternoon. Cite your plugins. Name and URL, please. Have the authors signed off on you using their work for a commercial venture that they undoubtedly make no money from you on?
Just curious. Inquiring minds want to know.