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Such a Nomination is a Really Nice Thing

Yes, the nomination for Texy is a really nice thing. It lets you learn many new and interesting insights, discuss things with nice people, and as they say, it moves you a bit forward.

To introduce the unsuspecting reader to the story: Texy is a little tool that I once programmed a long time ago (those were the days! I was still young and promising) and made it available for free to ease the blogging and web development for bloggers and developers. It became quite popular, running on many blogs, and unexpectedly entered a popularity contest among similar tools called Czech Open Source. This article is a showcase of the insults I’ve read because of it. I'm not someone who expects praise (even if it was deserved, bah! ?, but such an atmosphere doesn't really motivate…

Texy is no longer just sexy. František Brakon found new epithets:

I wonder WHO exactly selected the individual nominations. It must have been done in some closed group over beers, it’s not possible. How can, for example, the lame “one-evening” Texy and the global NetBeans be side by side?

Spalda proves the worthlessness of Texy using Google and the link operator:

For example, the previously mentioned CMS, if I consult brother Google: phpRS: 2,190,000 results, United-Nuke: 692,000 results, BlogCMS: 170,000 results

It’s definitely not used by just a handful of people, compared to the total fluke named Texy

Spalda continues to be upset that his favorite CMS was not nominated:

Otherwise, I only started promoting these CMS because when a fluke named Texy is nominated, these CMS rightfully deserve it many times over

Spalda deduces one poem:

The nomination of Texy nicely completes the level/profanation of the jury and thus the entire poll

Spalda is seriously troubled that I might even make a slight profit from Texy! (how could I, how could I?):

And when you brandish that Texy is free (as if everything else wasn’t free). We both know Texy isn’t so free… it's not much about selfless work for the community… but only about using the formulas of free software and open source to promote and sell commercial licenses

Millions of DONATE icons on all open-source project websites should be ashamed (Texy doesn't have one), let the MySQL price list blush in shame. Comrades, this is not how we build communism!

But then comes something that Spalda literally disarmed me with (just to add, I can't be blamed for the nomination, I don't know anyone from the jury and I certainly don't defend it):

Don’t you find it embarrassing to defend the nomination of something that took the place of something that deserved it more?

I was gasping for air, and when I finally caught my breath, the kicker came:

I understand that connections and business do their thing, but at least don’t smear it so vocally.

František Brakon reminds of an ugly spit recently left on Texy! by “someone” (RH):

You are right, Texy! is about an idea. And lo and behold, it could have occurred to anyone in the world. And indeed it did. Even before Texy saw the light of day, there was already the formatter Textile. And lo and behold, it has almost the same not only name but also syntax!

Dgx recently quarreled to the blood with he-who-must-not-be-named, who accused him of theft. The

discussion concluded that dgx obviously did not steal the source codes, but was inspired by Textile and achieved a similar result with his own code and added some extensions. Nonetheless, the brilliant idea of a “nowysiwyg editor” does not originate from dgx, and even the name could have been less eye-catching.

Words fail me. Yes, “NOWYSIWG” editors were here before WYSIWYG – they came with the invention of typewriters. Including all the entrenched conventions, which today I call Texy syntax. There’s no point in comparing who was first, but who is better. However, František Brakon has more serious objections to Texy:

The proposal seems like a hurrah action “I know regular expressions, let's try to write a parody of lexical syntactic analysis”. The only thing I can appreciate is the persistent effort for PHP4/5 compatibility. I appreciate it in the sense of “he sure struggled”, not in the sense of “that's good”. If you had given up on PHP4, the result would have been better. And you could have spared the comments and pieces of code php4_sucks. You probably didn’t want to lose the fame among lamers, dependent on questionable hostings.

In response to my note that Texy was created in November 2004, while the first usable version of PHP 5.0.4 dates to 31 May 2005, he responds

… in the changelog, I see “version 5.0.4 31-Mar-2005”, that’s 31 March 2005, you’re skewing it by two months. But let's not be prudish.

Incidentally, I don’t like narrow chests on women at all.

So, um

Thus, the first result of participating in a poll meant to promote open-source ideas and highlight domestic projects is that I have once again a huge desire to tell the entire open-source community to go to hell and never write another line ;)

Added 5 years later: today, I have a much bigger project (again for free), so there are even more insults ? Personally, I find it rather funny, no kidding. My family sees it a bit worse. However, the fact remains that in our country, an unusual number of assholes need to rub against you, so I would recommend to all open source creators to throw a poop on their homeland, refuse participation in such dubious competitions, and create only in English, for abroad.

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