PluginDoc to withdraw?

by Antony

Michael Hendy "Hendikins", the maintainer of popular PluginDoc, has decided he might withdraw PluginDoc completely due to issues with Mozilla Update.

Following message is visible in PluginDoc Home,

Note: Work on PluginDoc has been indefinitely suspended, due to recent (and mostly political) problems with a related Mozilla Foundation project I contribute to. If an acceptable solution is not reached, PluginDoc may be removed completely. I will not have work on PluginDoc taken over by somebody else if that happens. Watch this space.

Michael explained in this MozillaZine Forums thread.

PluginDoc is the resource for end users of Gecko based browsers including Netscape, Mozilla, Firefox, etc to get plugins.

> MozillaZine's report: PluginDoc Suspended Due to Mozilla Update Conflict

Update 1: This situation seems to be resolved.

The fate of PluginDoc depends on the an acceptable solution (or lack thereof) to the problem with Mozilla Update.

Michael's explanation in this MozillaZine Forums thread.

I've currently suspended work on PluginDoc, pending resolution of (mostly petty political) issues with Mozilla Update.

I may cease work on PluginDoc, or even remove it entirely, if a satisfactory solution to the problems with Mozilla Update is not reached.

My goodwill and patience with the Mozilla Foundation are stretched to breaking point, due to petty politics, and the apparent "Market Firefox at all costs" attitude that seems to have taken root. This isn't the project I started looking at in 1999.

I do not wish for any inconvenience to users, however, I think certain parties need a reality check.

I'll post a follow-up if a. I kill off PluginDoc, and b. the post survives.

Update 31st December 2004
(From Hendikins' Live Journal)

I've had more dealings with moz.org staff in the last 12 hours than the last 12 months, mostly positive and/or clarifications.

I feel ashamed that I've had to play the blackmail card to get any attention to the problems, and I feel worse that people are supporting/thanking/complimenting me on doing so.


Posted by Antony Shen on December 30, 2004 4:58 AM

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