As said you don't get it. We are perfectly on topic. The first post and a few reactions exemplify what the problem is:
*) Attempts to purge addons independent of whether that motion suits their authors
*) Attempts to get authors banned for not hanging on IRC even though notable active authors don't like to hang on IRC.
*) Attempts to get hosting removed even if some like the hosting aspect
All of these take something away from someone who finds it useful and valuable. That is the real problem, that some people presistently seek to take away working solutions from people and limit their choices.
Basically the first post was idiotic and mods initial reactions were appropriate except for not locking it.
It may be too late to lock this now though I still believe that would be the right move.
Indi doesn't even use the SVN it seems and still gives the rest of us that happily do, grief about it. Seriously this thread never was productive. And if its purpose is to keep a forum troll happy and some of us annoyed. Well it's working.
Such drama over hobby programming for a hobby game. I haven't said anything about this until now, but some people here seem to expect the same level of discipline and rules as at a company. Well, this isn't a company its a group of people that decided to make some mods for WoW for themselves first (usually), and then to share them with other players. Sure, the SVN here isn't used as it "should be" if this was Wowace Inc. a software firm in the real world, but that shouldn't matter. We're on the internet, we're going to get some dim bulbs on the forums from time to time. Deal with it.
Stop moaning about a developer versus user community. In reality the two should never be separated. Developers just think differently than users, with out input from both some mods that have found a home here wouldn't be as good as they are.
Ok guys, watch it, I see the potential of flames starting here. Lets keep it cool.
I will never require people to sign into irc to have access to the repository. I've thought about it, A LOT, and I can't conclude that it'll give more than it'll take away.
I WANT those new developers here that don't have a clue. Hell I want the users that don't have a clue here too. Because I firmly believe that the only way we'll be able to improve the overall community is through acceptance and teaching. The only people I DONT want here are those who are so hardheaded they refuse to see another point of view or at the very least respect it. I'd much prefer people who are capable of learning and intelligent discussion, but hey you take what you can git.
I am very busy which is why, as time has gone by, I've handed off more and more of my responsibilities to trusted people who can handle them. This community will survive for a long time to come. I firmly believe that this is due to the diversity of the memberbase.
Oh and Indie. We where pushing out a veritable shit-ton of addons during patchday. It was absolutely amazing. We're very fortunate to have a highly scalable system in place designed and developed by a group of very bright people. I can't say how happy I am about how successful its all been. We're also very fortunate to have some killer servers provided by Curse.com. There is no way that my meger advertising income could cover all the bandwith, especially on patchdays (600mbit/s bursts hurt like hell).
I know I've been promising a lot over the last year or so, and I hate that I've not been able to deliver already. I would like to let people know that I'm getting close to being able to deliver. It won't be in the form that many people are expecting, but it will contain a lot of the features that people have been asking for.
I'm looking forward to my workload lightening in the next few months and being able to be more active in the community though. Its going to be great to get back to my addons.