May 22nd, 2009
Recently I decided to add a one-sentence informational message to the contribution pages and project pages of many of the eZ Publish extensions I wrote in the past, that are still in use and which I’m willing to further maintain and improve.
Paid maintenance and support are available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for conditions and pricing.
My goal was to let people know that there is more available than just the free (GPL-licensed) code which comes without any guarantees. Getting some small money out of support and guaranteed maintenance versions that are compatible with new eZ Publish versions, would give me eventually a bigger margin to contribute more free code and improve what exists already.
However, eZ Systems decided against this. I received a mail from them to notice that my message would be removed, because the community is not a place for commercial messages. I do not agree with their decision though, as I think it’s just about sharing information (I did not fill the whole description field with commercial/marking “blablabla” talk). Sharing this kind of information is probably a privilege for eZ Systems partners only. Isn’t everybody who contributes a partner in some sense, even if you don’t contribute fees?
I say bye to eZ Projects, since I do not want my extensions’ description to be censored this way. Bye to the ez.no contribution section as well, which was supposed to be closed actually already for a long time in favor of eZ Projects.
I’m really wondering how long it will take until I turn my back to all other things that contain “eZ” in their name.
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