Re: Ethics, Two-Facedness, BuddyPress Forums + the BuddyPress.org Theme…
Can you point me to where BuddyPress.org sets the expectations that BuddyPress will not function the way BuddyPress.org does?
Thanks John James Jacoby, since you’ve known me at least since April of ’09, which is how long I’ve basically been trying to get a functional replica of BuddyPress.org going.
The short version of my post, which I would have edited the thread-starting post down to would have been: “is it ethical for BuddyPress.org to function differently than an easily available BuddyPress install method?”
So, I’m saying, OK, it might not go “POOF” and work, but there would at least be a procedure to follow available.
I will address the “Dainis wants something for nothing” slant that some posters have taken: I find it very unfortunate that I have appeared to you that way. Nothing is further from the truth. I know from first hand experience running http://www.curetinnitus.org that there are a lot of life-sucking trolls out there who just demand more and more and more…it’s amazing. In my case, sometimes such people are suicidal, they send me emails and demand or plead for my input into their lives. Fortunately, the way I’ve recently restructured curetinnitus.org has reduced the number of suicidal pleas…though I do want to make sure that my site is there to help people who are in trouble and that reminds me that I should put a crisis line link on my home page…
Anyway, Erich73, you are right, I need one or two blitz-schnell hot programmers on my team. The thing is that with my level of hacking cracking and code cutting and pasting skills (been writing tech docs off and on since 1991, I’ve been an IT manager, web coordinator, webmaster, etc.). I actually do want to work with someone via skype.
I don’t like “hands off” work, cuz it just goes so much faster together (especially for something like the forums issue I’ve raised). I mean, if I’m on skype with you, I know if you are checking through this and that and you actually don’t know and I’m paying you to find out, or if you can tell me this is here that’s there, put this line of code there and here you go.
That’s what I’m looking for.
I’ve had ace programmers in my corner before, and I can tell you, I loved it. I loved every second of it. It’s a blast working with excellent coders…and when I’ve had the chance, I’ve written, in my opinion, very functional, easy to follow, structured end-user documentation to suit.
It’s a self-aggrandizing aside, but I recently started pitching the following:
“The Documentation Drives Sales, Internal Efficiency, and User Satisfaction Mega-Advantages Report That will Turn Your Documentation into a Super-fun, Time Saving, Just-in-time Knowledge Delivery Cash-Magnet”
So, I’m tootin’ my own horn, but I guess I really just want to say that I am not accusing here, that I’m not a parasitic expect everything for nothing troll, and that I am actually not against paying for certain services, especially if they are explained to me.
I mean I’d have even purchased “Make your BuddyPress install work just like BuddyPress.org” for I dunno, $50, but now, I’m pretty interested in learning how to make it work…
I offered many times to exchange my skill set in technical writing for these solutions. Many times. For those who may claim that my not seeking the solution well enough is where the issue lies, I’d challenge you to find the solution to creating Main Themes in Forums easily, and I request of you to show me where the divergence between installing BuddyPress and using BuddyPress.org is clearly stated.
Also, I am willing to help BuddyPress.org with its wording. I am good at that. Setting expectations is a big part of documentation consulting, and as much music as I’ve written in my life, I’ve sure written a lot of tech docs…and I’ve come to enjoy it too.
Many of my posts end with “I’d be glad to make a video tutorial and write up this procedure, if shown how to do it,” and I hope you find that fair, because I do.
Essentially with the main community I’m setting up, it’s really about saving lives, and I want to get to it. That’s partially behind the tone of my long post.
Mike, regarding just thowing barbs: Dude, I am the only dainis michel on this not so green anymore earth of ours. I am a very public Internet personality, I run the Cure Tinnitus Show, I’ve interviewed lots of folks in sustainable and green living, and I’m even out there talking about urine therapy, which frankly, takes a lot of balls, even if I say so myself. I’ve been made fun of, flamed, targeted, spammed, subject to $300-800 of CC fraud attempts per day, I mean, I’ve been around this Internet block of ours, and in no way am I attempting to post anonymously. I’m really easy to find and getting in touch with me is as easy as googling my name. Just about wherever I post, I use my real name, and it’s totally awesome that you are doing the same here. Huh, I also made two posts almost identical to what you suggested. I really am doing my best.
designodyssey: if my search was flawed, please tell me where my answer is. If you find me impatient, that sucks.
The word “two-faced” in the title of this post is not an accusation, it is a point for discussion, which I feel John James Jacoby clearly understood. It is just human nature that, in a sense, that word wound up catalyzing what will likely bring me to my solution, and what will likely improve this community as a whole. The copywriting lesson is “negative titles work.”
* I’m happy to write documentation and create videos in exchange for programming support.
* I’m also happy to reword BuddyPress.org download pages and such so that expectations are set beautifully and kindly (to minimize these kinds of misunderstandings). Again, in exchange for programming support.
* It’s funny, cuz I’ve already reached out to a few programmers here and offered money, but I haven’t found anyone yet…at any rate…I’d love to have a paid professional in my corner who can present blazing fast solutions while on skype with me.
That’s about it. It’s funny, cuz I really wanted to edit my big long post up there, but there was a tech glitch. I even tried 3 different browsers, restarted my computer, etc. So, in a sense, this discussion was necessary and helpful. I do hope it provides benefit to BuddyPress, and frankly, if I did not have confidence in this community, software, platform, etc., I would have never posted so openly.
The irony here: I really actually only need a code snippet (at least that’s what I’m guessing).
Cheers all, if we’ve ruffled our feathers, cool…that can be fun too…now how do I make them forums, and is anyone open to helping me in one of the ways I described above?