- wordpress.com releases custom CSS as a paid upgrade
- forseeing themes with options becoming rarer on wordpress.com, (they might detract from custom CSS sales), i suggest that an alternative upgrade to custom CSS could be the addition of themes that include color pickers.
- matt notices the new default drupal theme, gets mesmerized by the
big blue headercolor picker, and asks someone to port it to wordpress, ahead of the new drupal release.
- wordpress hackers tell him this dilutes branding, makes wordpress look unoriginal, and is generally bad form.
- one of matt’s employees emails the drupal developer asking for permission to port the theme (courtesy on top of license grants). drupal developer echoes what the wp-hackers said, asking said employee not to port the theme, at least until after drupal 5 is released.
- that employee is terminated.
- another automattic employee, (who doesn’t ask) grabs the pre-release code and ports the theme to wordpress.com, although doesn’t bother styling many of the elements lorelle considers core competency, nor dealing with image widths. the theme is also structurally incorrect, despite wordpress’ claims to be ‘a semantic publishing platform’.
- the drupal developer calls matt out on his lack of ethics.
- matt suggests trying to put the genie back in the bottle (1st comment on last link)
- wordpress.com users wonder if using the theme is a breach of ethics, or if now that matt’s already thrown ethics out the window, they might as well, since they can.
- matt tells wordpress.com users to get the theme while they can, because he’s going to try to save face by turning off the theme in a few
eons of internet timedays.
- The Fanboys declare that matt is ‘doing the right thing‘, despite the fact that the theme is still available on wp.com
- Garland developers ask wordpress.com users to stop using garland, since matt doesn’t seem to be doing what he said/they asked.
- Matt disables garland for new blogs. any of the 500,000+ users who already have accounts, however, can continue to switch to garland at their leasure.