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Product Management 101

Lauren Wood: Four basic rules. WordPress gets them right. Other products do too, even when they don’t have the same amount of support from a user community. Call it Product Management 101.

I feel the same way.

I'm on my third iteration of weblogging software and I left the first two because they violated the third rule in my opinion at the time, namely It looks like people still work on it.  In the case of my second iteration of weblogging software, blosxom, my determination was clearly premature.

It is not just weblogging tools.  I feel the same way about browsers.  I started with OS/2 WebExplorer.  Switched to Netscape when WebExplorer no longer actively being maintained.  Switched to InternetExplorer when Netscape stopped being actively maintained.  Switched to Mozilla when IE stopped being actively maintained.  I'll switch again if Mozilla development sputters and stops.

Lauren's post is timely because a number of people were surprised by MovableType's recent licensing changes.  Personally, I am entirely untroubled by MT's changes.  At the moment, I don't pay for my software, but I do pay to have my weblog hosted.  Only a portion of that is for hardware and bandwidth, the remainder is to have somebody other than me figure out why a RedHat update broke SMTP authentication on my machine.

Money well spent.

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I've seen your Code link and the contents therein.  I'm working under the assumption that this is your current choice of blogging software and that you have written it yourself.  Is this true?  And if so, what are the licensing terms for this software?  I have a feeling that I might want to fire it up on my server for some hacking.

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Scott: that indeed is the code I am running, and unless you see an indication otherwise, I wrote it myself (for a while, I included some code written by Mark Pilgrim, but I no longer believe I have any dependencies on this).

If you are interested, I would suggest that you start with the mombo directory.

At the moment, I'm operating under an informal "if you ask, I will say yes" policy.  However be forewarned: if it breaks, you get to keep both halves.

Should you happen to get it working and want something more formal, I will go back and officially license the code under some sort of no attribution required, commercial usage permitted license (most likely, Python's).

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