Re: [videoblogging] Wordpress Secretly Gaming Google = Not Cool
- As long as open source software remains free it doesn't much matter to
me how they make the money that I'm not giving them. Excluding, of
course, selling babies and whatnot. I definitely understand that
there are costs involved with creating and providing the software and
I don't feel like I am entitled to a report of how they fund
themselves. Are all Wordpress users like the board of directors? My
blog runs on WordPress and I kind of think it's cool that Matt is
able to pimp the system like that to meet his needs.
> Questions. This poses some interesting questions. First, do organizers---------------------------------------------
> of open-source projects need to disclose how they're making money off
> the project? Matt isn't disclosing anything about this activity to the
> community. I don't think anyone would be upset about Matt trying to
> support Wordpress with outside sources of revenue, but as an
> open-source project, they should be held to a higher level of
> transparency. Without the users and developers all working for free,
> it wouldn't exist.
> Second, is it ethical for open-source projects to make money gaming
> search engines? Unlike a blog about asbestos news, the Wordpress
> website has nothing to do with asbestos. It capitalizes off the
> goodwill of the Wordpress community, which links to the Wordpress
> website because they support the project -- not because they support
> search engine spam. But as long as there was transparency about their
> plans, I think this is less of an issue.
> Solutions. Personally, I think there should be a very clear disclosure
> of their revenue sources on the website, as well as clearly disclosing
> their commercial plans. Am I donating money to a company? What is the
> money from advertising being used for?