Warm Southern Breeze

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WordPress CrashBlog: “We created new bugs that made things worse.”

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Monday, October 4, 2010

By most accounts – including my own – WordPress 2.6 for the iOS is an abysmal failure. While this blog entry (http://ios.wordpress.org/2010/09/29/introducing-version-2-6/) lauds many “new and improved” features, reports from the users’ community – as read on the Apple app store – are anything but complimentary, and instead reveal a miasmatic cornucopia of problems, not the least of which is “crashing,” the unexpected and sudden failure if the app. Equally concerning among the complainants is the perception that the parent organization – Automattic (http://automattic.com/) – has little regard for their own product, at least to the extent that seems to be self evidently demonstrated by promulgating such an obviously poor quality product.

Now, the “code is poetry” WordPress/Automattic app writers (that’s the slogan on their page), are declaring that “there are five major issues that users have reported,” confessed that “it [WordPress iOS app v2.6] obviously needed further testing,” and that “we created new bugs that made things worse.(http://ios.wordpress.org/2010/10/02/version-2-6-issues/)

Any famous last words?

We are much better at writing code than haikus.”
— Matt Mullenweg, founder of Automattic

Wow! Judging from this failure, if “code is poetry,” they are certainly NOT “much better at writing code than haikus” – not by a LONG shot!!

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