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2 posts from February 2007

Time for a little rant

Inspired by a question I received earlier today, and a few sites that were brought to my attention recently...

What is so difficult about leaving a link to a website on a piece of software you have received for free? So-called "linkware" script authors don't make a penny from their scripts. All they ask is that you link back to their site, and in most cases will embed a link into the script they provide. Now I know of people who have spent HOURS going through a script simply to remove the credit line. Apparently the script in question (Cutenews) has its credit line encrypted or something and it's very difficult to remove. Cue the person asking on every forum and emailing everyone they know asking 4 OMGZ HLP PLZ, and when told that the credit line couldn't be removed, they decided not to use the script. WTF?! I don't know about you, but doesn't it seem like a lot more effort to go about trying to get rid of the credit than just, oh I don't know, leaving it where it is?

Some script authors will settle for a link on a credits page. I admit, I'd rather find a credit link there than nowhere else, but I still wonder why these people go to all the effort when they really, really don't have to.

Removing credits is one thing, but when you change the credit to reflect a different name or URL? That is beyond unacceptable. I had someone rename PHPAskIt to "GoddessFAQ 1.2". It was blatantly the same script, the same workings, the same layout, everything. When I contacted the site owner I got a rude reply saying the person had spent ages modifying the script and it wasn't even the same any more. Oh really? Somehow I don't think so. Everything on that site appeared to work in exactly the same way as PHPAskIt. I don't think there's even a million-to-one chance that someone could write exactly the same script purely by coincidence.

Anyway. I now have a layout for my CMS admin panel! Woo, it's a little bit easier to manage things around here now. :) I've fixed quite a few bugs as well - blank tags should now display without errors, non-existent pages/posts should no longer display a blank page, etc., etc.

Oh, and going back to PHPAskIt briefly... Version 3 is in the works, and will be out soonish (no definite date yet). If you have any feature requests, please get them to me ASAP :)

...and now back to my dissertation. Yes. Must not procrastinate any longer.

Ooh shiny things! *Wanders off*

Edit: Oh, and if you are going to remove the credit, don't give me some stupid excuse like "yeah well the code isn't that great so I'm going to be replacing it with my own soon". I don't care whether the code is great or not - it's good enough for your hundreds of questions at this very moment (and the last couple of years or so that you've been using it), so put the credit back. And for your information, the code "isn't that great" because you're using one of the very first versions of the script. Maybe if you upgraded you'd have more luck.

I highly doubt you'll be writing something better than what I did (if you are even doing so - if the script was as bad as you say it is, how can you have used it for almost two years?), even though it was the first version of PAI (and I knew NOTHING about security and stuff back then. It was literally a copy and paste of several PHP snippets) - you, person(s) in question, can't even design a website (LOLZ PAGEBUILDERZ!11), let alone a script. But thanks for leaving that insecure version up, I hope you get hacked through it. Idiots.

Goodbye Wordpress

Well, would you look at that. While seriously procrastinating over my dissertation (in next week, haven't started it >.< ) I managed to finish my CMS. And here it is.

...nope, there's nothing different on your end, but there's a lot of difference on my end :) Most notably the fact that I don't have a layout for my admin panel and everything is a little bit weird.

Let me know if you see anything going wrong. I *think* everything's been updated for the new system, but knowing me I'm sure to have missed something.

Oh yes, and those of you subscribed to the feed: it doesn't work. It's on the list of things to do though. Fixed it!

Edit: I know about acronyms not displaying in feeds Fixed! I also know about the fact that the archive pages say "older entries" and when you click on that link you get newer entries. Various character encodings in the feed need fixing as well (double-escaped entities and stuff)... That and the random backslashes appearing every now and then. Ho hum.