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I'm afraid you got caught somewhere between
"linkbait" and "offensive". I spent a pretty
significant period of time in the "proprietary" world before
seeing the light of open source, and even with my most hated
competitors (who were screwing their customers REALLY badly) I would
never have dreamt of doing such a thing (and we have plenty of guns
here in Oklahoma...).
You're definitely going to need to step up the positive
responses here if you want to have any credibility with the web
development communities at large ever again. The portion of the market
that is exclusively proprietary is far more fractured and segmented
than the open source side, which of course is why it makes sense to
come after "us" collectively. But the bottom line is that
there's virtually nothing a proprietary CMS can field that Open
Source can't clone or best in a relatively short period of time,
so if a customer says to me "you lost because of feature X",
you know I'll evaluate that feature, determine if the client is
correct, and fix the problem. And of course there's the little
issue of owning your own content and controlling your own code... just
tiny little issues that most proprietary CMS products/companies fail
to address with any real satisfaction.
I think your response was very well measured, and fair. Thanks for
that. It's easy to overreact to such material, and I think you
treated it amazingly well given the topic and circumstances.
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