Last week, Nicholas Dionysopoulos corresponded with me via email about his FoF.
LaSalleMart for Joomla 2.5 and FoF are become very good friends.
Nicholas, in his usual graciousness, let me publish his missives to me.
The way I understand it, it’s best for you to produce short developer-oriented blogs about tips & tricks using FoF. I would recommend doing that in a way which allows people to comment. It’s incredible how much useful information you can get by discussing code. A lot of FoF features owe their presence to discussions help in Joomla! conferences around the globe and discussions with the early adopters. From that point, once you have enough information which may be relevant for other developers, we can pull them into the main wiki at Assembla, of course giving credit where credit’s due.As for contacting me with ideas etc, Assembla is the perfect place. It has a wiki and a ticket system, very well integrated with its merge request facility. As you’ll see, nobody has ever sent me a patch file. It’s all about fork it, fix it, do a merge request. A lot of discussion took place over merge requests. It’s the most efficient method, actually! Talking about code which is right there, spotting problems, fixing them, integrating them, within minutes or hours. It’s a very organic process. It’s fun, even!
Regarding commenting, it’s one thing having public comments for a generic opinion article and a completely different thing having public comments for an article about code. The former attracts all kinds of haters and trolls and I certainly understand why you don’t want comments. The latter, however, attracts hardcore geeks. Discussion can get passionate, but tends to lean towards the “productive” site.
On the one hand, comments are disabled on my Media and Blog sites. On the other hand, I installed a dedicated innovative social site for full blast commenting for my Club Commerce Members. This is my Yin/Yang — I do not want to deal with the public!
Yes, I said it. The retail public is not my cup of tea.
BTDT. At the height of my Virtuemart days, I ran a free public forum to support my free public VM downloads. Most people who contacted me were a bunch of fucking assholes. I tried to put it in a fun, non-offensive way in my Membership is not a Trojan Horse for Free Consulting.
Due to this direct experience, I’m not going to offer LaSalleMart for free download. Ev-ah. Heck, I took down my demo site! –> UPDATE: Actually, planning a special edition of LaSalleMart for free download. See newer blog post.
Commenting is really good for SEO. It adds fresh content, and it promotes more eyeballs. So, I’m a contrarian. I publish my posts to Facebook anyways, so you can comment there. If a comment ever pops up on Facebook that inspires my passions, I will — naturally — post on my own blog.
So, comments will be on for my FoF blog posts.