Could you please stop making one person looking responsible for adding the rider, this is not the first time.What is the rider people keep mentioning?
For approximately 11 months there was a rider attached to the pre-release code for Joomla! 1.5. This “rider” would—if it were implemented-- have permitted propriety extensions for Joomla! 1.5. However, this rider was not approved by the Core Team and, perhaps more importantly, the individual copyright holders—the people who contributed the code that makes up Joomla! and the Mambo release that Joomla! is a fork of—were not asked for permission and were not notified of the change. This failure is contrary to the terms of the GNU GPL license.
At the time the rider was added every core member knew about it and none objected against it, there hasn't been an official vote or a formal process but none of the people on the core said "hey we can't do that" and none has done that for the 11 months the rider was in svn.
Also the SFLC was the one who crafted the rider in the first place and didn't say, we can't do that, sorry.
With this I state that the whole core team was responsible for the maybe mistake for adding the rider and thats the way it should be explained and communicated.
This is the same thing as blaming Johan in person for not delivering Joomla! 1.5 yet because he is the lead developer and promised to get the job done fast while the whole core team is working on it.
Please change the wording and stop shoving it onto one mans plate.
Arno, one of the core members at that time who didn't object but knew and takes his responsibility.