Just before I switched to the current theme, a beautiful piece of work called deMar by webdemar, I installed the WordPress Stats plugin. This plugin sends the traffic data to your WordPress.com account(yes, just like Askimet it requires an API key) where the statistics are calculated.
Although I didn’t find Google Analytics bad, it’s just easier to keep an eye on something that is integrated into the blog’s dashboard. Furthermore I find the way it presents the data better. I have a way better overview what blog posts attract the most attention and where my readers come from by showing the reffer URLs.
It also gave me some interesting information about what people think of my posts. So did I find this forum topic about Ultimatix at the forum of Ubuntu Ultimate Edition, a project that has strong ties with Ultimatix: http://forumubuntusoftware.info/viewtopic.php?f=32&t=1365&start=70
One of the moderators of the forum found my blog post about the tool that should make the life for linux-newcomers easier: Ubuntu NL warns for Ultimatix.
He was pissed off, I could kiss his ass and should get the facts ‘strait’. Weird, I thought I just presented some facts.
After that some other users continued with this constructed criticism: criticasters of Ultimatix were cornballz, Ubuntu NL is arrogant and we arre all bashing something we don’t know a thing about. They continued with telling how great Ultimatix was; it did work, except for small things like the kernel not liking the mouse anymore or a broken Ultimatix. Fortunately that could be solved by reinstalling the system or removing the program from Synaptics and trying again. Easy!
What strikes me most is not the lack of constructive arguments or knowledge of the location of the Enter-key, but that the people who bashed the hardest were the moderators of the forum. This forum is the official support forum for Ultimatix and its staff doesn’t know how to behave or how to handle with criticism. Maybe they should read the code-of-conduct.
About them telling me to come to the forums to give feedback instead of critcizing. “What happened to being an open source community sharing and helping moto. Some people get super egos.”
First of all I’d like to say that what I posted was not just a rant on Ultimatix. It was a warning containing some detailed information on the problems, researched by members of Ubuntu NL. If I’m right some of them already have been fixed, but that’s not my problem now.
Secondly I don’t like to register on a lot of websites for things like this and I don’t see why it’s required here. I’m open to any discussion and (constructive) criticism and do not delete comments I don’t like. Reactions like this discourage me from contributing.
I hope I don’t sound too ranty, but I just would like to defend myself agains this. I have written better posts than this one, and more objective ones too, but I don’t like it when I’m attacked.
I appreciate that TheeMan tries to make Linux easier to use for newcomers, I don’t want to bash anyone. The intention of the post was to warn users for the possible dangers of the software.