Webdongle wrote:That I have never disputed ... what I object to is those who criticise the bugs in Joomla without helping to fix them. Constructive criticism is great feed back but negative criticism by those who don't help in that area is what I object to.
I know how you feel. Sometimes I feel that the members of our golf society do not appreciate all the work we do to improve their lives. Some people always find something to complain about and forget the good stuff. The thing that keeps me going is remembering the good comments and trying to forget the bad ones.
Even though I was a software developer in the 80s and managed major IT projects and programmes through to when I retired in the early 2000s I feel I would now be unable to assist much in testing Joomla releases. However I do feel that I should be able to to say what I think about any big mistakes made in the Joomla release cycles. Without fear of being shouted down.
From my perspective the current problem with ordering of featured articles is the biggest error I have seen in Joomla releases since I started using Joomla many years ago.
I am really grateful for everything the Joomla community has done for me. I feel all your efforts have made a major impact on the community feeling in the small town in Spain where I now live. Thanks again but please can you resolve the featured articles ordering problem as soon as possible. So I can upgrade to the latest version as soon as I can.
Also, as a retired IT developer, team leader, project manager and programme manager my one other piece of advice is never underestimate the stupidity of your users. Wherever possible please try to give us, your naive users, some simple, understandable guidance on what we should do if the featured articles problem has an impact on websites we support.
Perhaps something along the lines of "Stick with 3.5.1 for the moment. We hope to fix the issue in version xxxxxx. When it is fixed we will publish some information on how to upgrade - including whether you can upgrade straight to the latest version or whether there is some more complicated upgrade process we will have to describe in more detail."
I feel that a statement like this would be a great way of keeping more of the community of users of your great product on your side.