Show Script
This is Malcolm Peralty here from PressTitan and this is The WP Minute, Episode 93

Twitter has been on fire when it comes to WordPress news and drama. First, we have John Blackbourn stating that he is going to step back from working on WordPress core for a few months. John is primarily a core developer employed by Human Made. It sounds like for the next little while, he’ll be doing some project work instead for the agency.

Then, in a continuation of yesterday’s mention of people expressing some opinions about what is and isn’t allowed in the WordPress plugin repository, Carl continues by expressing his displeasure in how Gutenberg as a project has been run.

Tone is so hard to read online, but it doesn’t feel like Matt is taking the criticism very seriously as he tweets “I hope we fail as hard as the iPhone!” in response to a long chain discussing the Gutenberg complexity issue that we talked about yesterday.

I love that we can have these kinds of open and honest discussions about the direction of a piece of software so important to many of us that we have an emotional reaction to it.

Is Gutenberg going to be perfect on release? Probably not. Has Automattic taken control of this piece of the project? Somewhat, but I also think they’ve put a ton of talent and money towards its development, so they do deserve some say in this next phase of WordPress.

In the end, I hope we can continue to have productive discussions about WordPress and that this doesn’t become as divisive and heated as elections in North America. I wanted to say in the US, but being Canadian, I can’t say ours have been any better recently…

That’s it for today’s WP Minute, thank you all for watching.

Sources:
John Stepping Back from Core Dev
Carl Concerned about Automattic
Matt Maybe Not Taking it Seriously

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