There’s really nothing sensitive or private in that discussion, as the screenshot shows. But there is a reason to keep it private, at least while it’s active, to allow contributors to discuss the topic at hand without being affected by articles in WPTavern, social media mentions, others participating in a discussion they will not be doing actual work. Exactly what happened with the poll, and that was by design.
Some people didn’t like the poll and soliciting feedback, but that was necessary to understand what the community really wants from the project. This was an open space for everyone to share their feedback.
That served as the foundation for the core contributors to discuss how they want to proceed. Just like any good user-centric project, you gather user feedback and people who do the work decide how to proceed.
The private discussion would’ve been made public once it was complete and the path forward was chosen by the people that will be volunteering their time and skills to do the work on the core.
Community wants a lot, but we have to manage their wants based on what we can actually achieve with the small core team we have.
This is why petitions didn’t work, a lot of requests but not enough people are willing to do the work. This is why ClassicPress stalled for a bit, a lot of people talk but not enough people are willing to do the work. It’s really a balancing act, balance community needs vs the reality of what we can accomplish.
Learning from the past, these types of discussions generate unnecessary press and discussions that turn toxic and many people have left because of this.
If we keep doing things the way they were done, we’ll be in the same place we were just a few months ago. Not a good place.
Idealism stalled ClassicPress, we need to be realistic for the project to continue.
If you want ClassicPress to continue repeating history, you’re more than welcome to take my spot as a director and do things your way. You always criticize, but there’s never any follow-through.
You pushed code_potent out of TinyMCE v5 project (not intentionally), which he started, to only stop because you didn’t know how to make a decision on how to proceed. So we ended up losing a great community member and the whole project.
If you want things done your way, do them. Don’t just drive-by criticize here on the forum, on Slack, on GitHub.
Did you come to me or anyone else and say “Hey, I think this discussion needs to be public. Because XYZ.” Or “Why are we keeping this discussion private?” to try and understand the reasons behind it. Of course not, you drove by and criticized in this thread instead. As you always do
It’s 1st of the year and my resolution is to not take any BS from anyone this year.
You want to help ClassicPress, help! We appreciate any help we can get.
Please let me know when you would like to join the board and be a director.