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Posted on March 31, 2006 in WordPress by Andy @ Yellow SwordfishComments Off

Id31101When I first started this site I preferred to use a desktop client to construct my items – quick spell check, local saves until ready and a rich editor that wasn’t slightly clunky and idiosyncratic. My tool of choice was ecto, as I have mentioned before.

Over the months I haven’t always been able to use it. WordPress upgrades would often break compatibility for starters and then with WordPress version 2, the default image storage locations were changed and ecto got left behind again although this was fixed in 2.0.1 by – I rather think – user demand.

But my most recent reason for abandoning ecto was when I started to use Ultimate Tag Warrior, surely the most common and successful tagging plugin for WordPress. Except that ecto could neither create nor download the tags.

Which is why I want to thank Robin Lu. Copy his code amendments and follow his simple instructions and ecto can handle the tags as if they were built in. An excellent and simple fix for a nagging problem.

Thanks Robin.

Posted on March 14, 2006 in WordPress by Andy @ Yellow Swordfish5 Comments »

Please Note:

This WordPress plugin has now been discontinued.
If you would like to take a look at my plugins that are currently available please visit my plugin site and follow your nose – Stuff at Yellow Swordfish.

Posted on March 7, 2006 in WordPress by Andy @ Yellow Swordfish2 Comments »

I touched on the question of WordPress support back when this site was quite new and now, several months later, the frustrations are getting more marked. And this is, in part, because as I have a couple of home-grown WordPress plugins that I have to support.

This is really an old-fashioned rant about discourtesy, which is a bit of a modern 21st Century disease.

OK, I know that open source software is freely given to all. And when such software – like WordPress plugins – is mainly in the hands of amateurs – people like me, individuals who work away at their code and then offer it freely for others to use – then it is unfair to be overly critical of the support they offer. But when you put a piece of software into the public domain, then I would argue that you accept the responsibilities that go with it.

I currently have 5 support questions out with plugin authors. The oldest is now about two months. No response. No email. No help whatsoever. In the end, if I haven’t done already, I’ll make my own repairs. I accept that these people are busy and their software writing is in their own time but support and bug-fixing goes with the territory. If you don’t like the heat etc…

Just as bad are those that email a support question to me. Maybe I can identify their problem and sometimes I need more information. Sometimes, they will send it to me. And sometimes, just every now and then, they will say thank you. I even had one user, just last week, thank me for my quick response to the problem, send me screenshots and then, when I asked my next question, disappear.

Please fellow plugin authors – if you do not intend to support your code then bloody well say so before I download it and find I want to use it.

Posted on February 9, 2006 in WordPress by Andy @ Yellow SwordfishComments Off

Please Note:

This WordPress plugin has now been discontinued.
If you would like to take a look at my plugins that are currently available please visit my plugin site and follow your nose – Stuff at Yellow Swordfish.

Posted on January 25, 2006 in WordPress by Andy @ Yellow SwordfishComments Off

Please Note:

This WordPress plugin has now been discontinued.
If you would like to take a look at my plugins that are currently available please visit my plugin site and follow your nose – Stuff at Yellow Swordfish.