In WordPress a Spammer -- Tell Me It Isn't So, I joined the coversation over WordPress' poorly implemented fund-raising effort that resulted in the creation of search engine spam. Only hours later did I read Matt's response to the flap.
What a clear example of the power of blogs to engage with consumers and critics! Although on vacation, Matt produced a lengthy response to the flood of criticism flowing over this clumsy fund-raising attempt. It is a reasoned response. It was a mistake. Efforts have been made to fix the mess and restore credibility and confidence. As a reader, it is clear that WordPress is listening. How refreshing to read:
"I strongly believe that WordPress can and will be independent in a way that doesn’t involve begging for money, annoying users, or selling out."
Instead of wishing it wasn't so, I personally am moved to wishing Matt and the folks at WordPress well.