One concern about the WordPress REST API has been adding a new authentication system. I think this is because of all the excitement about fun new apps that we could build connecting outside of WordPress. That’s cool, but WordPress’ existing authentication system is all we need for the cool things we could use the REST API for in WordPress core as well as plugins and themes.
When we deny compliments we are not only being rude to a person who is being incredibly kind to us, we are tearing ourselves down. I’m working very hard not to do this, and I’d like to combat that publicly by taking stock of all I’ve done in 2015.
Don’t just start with why someone needs your product or service. Start with why you made it in the first place. Start the journey there.
Earlier this week my company CalderaWP announced a new partner that was made possible by the GPL, but goes beyond what the GPL requires. The GPL fosters community. It does not make community. Our community is based on how we use those freedoms and nurture our relationships.
When I first wrote a patch to add a “Contribute” tab to the WordPress “About” section, I was hesitant to share what motivated me to do so–the news that Kim Parsell had died. I didn’t know here well, but I know she inspired others to get involved, and that is what this tab is about–helping people visualize themselves as contributors in whatever form is realistic for them.
The WordPress community is woven from gifts–gifts of code, support, Meetups and WordCamps–gifts that people have given because they need them to exist.
Recently someone posted to a Facebook group I frequent an article that was wholesale copied from one I wrote. I was flattered. I know that sounds sarcastic, but it’s true. Really, it doesn’t bother me. I’m used to giving freely. Am I getting screwed a little on this one? Sure, but I don’t focus on every little exchange. Overall I’ve benefited more than I can possibly calculate by what I have taken from the WordPress ecosystem. Keeping score would be pointless.