It is somehow a pity to see how self-focused the wordpress project (in person: Matt Mullenweg) currently is. For example, on wordpress.com, if you write the name “Word
press” into an article it will be displayed as “WordPress”. That’s no joke, your post gets automattically altered and your own way of writing censored – w/o any notice to you. You do not even get a note about this unexpected change in the post editor nor are you able to control that.
I call it censorship in the name of the Lord. The funny thing is, Matt always wants to look like he is against censorship (and very open, not proprietary BTW) when I read that right in the one or other of his statements. Not that censorship is something bad per-se in my eyes (I do not think it is a provoking term), I put it in here just to show Matt’s twisted tongue.
But back on topic: The first is orthographically correct english for writing names, the second is a marketing gag of
probably Mr. Mullenweg , I do not know that for sure so I do not want to do false accusations here.
(T)his wrong way of writing (yeah I know its soooo fancy – ups, a typo!) does lead to confusion as well. Some just read it as a name consisting of two words. Well understandable but guess who is complaining in the minute. Do not get me wrong, I do have misspellings all over in my writings as well, but what I strongly dislike is to receive commands and auto-correction about that. I’m still a human, not a brain-less idiot. Thanks.
Maybe cases like this one have made Matt so mad that he became angry over everybody who is not writing the term as he wants it (“dammit, those lower-case-p-wordpress-writing …”) and led his coders go create that user-content modifying filter on wordpress.com.
Hochmut kommt vor dem Fall
Technically this leads to diverse problems, for example when you link to internet-adresses in a wordpress blog post that has the term “Word
press” in it – that will render your links into useless 404-not-found pages. Yes in linux those are case-sensitive (does Matt really like linux?).
Or if you do a quote and then the quoted text is changed (ups, maybe silently filtering users content and changing it automatically and invisible is a problem for serious writers … ). I mean with a change like that, it’s obviously that things must go wrong.
All this has been reported to Automattic some time ago but next to confirming the problems, it was refused to stop altering posts (that has been clearly communicated and cross checked so those statements were not done in error). Well at least on automattics servers this might be a good right of the company you might argue, but I doubt that these changes on the user-content are even covered by their own TOS. According to worpdress (.com?) developer Andrew Nacin this has been running on WordPress.com for more than two years.
Next Step: Roll-Out self-mockery to servers worldwide
In fact there are not only no intentions to remove this filter. Even badlier, there are plans to extend that silently over to dot org – the community driven and developed wordpress code-base. wordpress.com should not be the end of Matt’s little world as it turned out:
Forever eliminate ‘WordPress’ from the planet (or at least the little bit we can influence). props matt.
Source: commit message accompanying the changes  (original text might have been edited by Automattic, Inc in this quote on hakre.wordpress.com)
The name of the introduced functions speaks for it’s own as well:
capital_P_dangit, the meaning of dangit can be found in the urban dictionary (bitter-sweet to see as well for whom “his own” coding style-guides are lowered again, but that only as note in the margin).
The flip-side of the story? What’s the argument to keep the criticized changes? – WordPress would be free software so anybody can revert that mess afterwards, and there is already a plugin. Well, that’s really a honorable move to your users freedom, right? (Not that there wasn’t one already to do the job since 2007.) Maybe next to User-Centered there should be the term Self-Mockeried design formed now. I’m pretty sure next to Jane in UX we will have Matt in SM then.
And yes, I really feel pretty bad I didn’t write the term all the time like Mr M. wanted it to be written *snief*. Is that still the boy or has the wordpress project cursed and pwned him?
- Lowercase p, dangit! (by Justin Tadlock; 8 Jul 2010)
- Ticket #14269: Add capital_P_dangit patch to forums
- What happened to the “Thank a plugin developer day”? (by hakre; 28 May 2010)