WordPress 3.0 is almost out the door and one of the most exciting developments regarding the new version is the menu management system. This system started as a major contribution from WooThemes with their WooNav code but since it’s integration, the WooNav code has been reworked practically line for line to the point where there is almost nothing left of the original. At the time, WooThemes was heralded as an awesome company for contributing such a great piece of functionality to the core of WordPress. I still believe it’s great they contributed WooNav to the menu system but now things get dicey when it comes to how much credit should be given to WooThemes.
There have been a few posts discussing the credit factor and WooThemes concerning the new menu system. Some people think WooThemes deserves more credit while others think that credit has been given where credit was due. Not only did WooThemes get a lot of press when they made the announcement of giving WooNav to the WordPress core team, but I imagine they will be among the list of all of the other contributors receiving props once WordPress 3.0 goes live.
One thing I have not noticed since my foray into the WordPress community is individuals claiming “I did this” and “I did that” as if it put them on a higher place than everyone else. Most contributors have been just fine with props given in the major release posts. Again, I don’t think credit is the main motivator for contributors, it’s just the icing on the cake. I could be wrong though which I hope you’ll tell me in the comments.
I have a few questions I want to ask to the wider community. For starters, is everyone that contributes to WordPress on a level playing field in terms of making the software better, or are certain people better than everyone else? Secondly, what do you consider to be adequate credit given to contributors. Third, if you have previous experience, why do you contribute to the WordPress project? Is it for personal gain or just to make the software better?
The last question I have, do you think the WordPress project would get along just fine if the entire notion of giving props or any credit disappeared. That way, it’s all about the software, not about the people and their egos. Looking forward to reading your feedback.