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Here’s a (probably ever-growing) list of reasons why I hate MySpace:

  1. User-defined CSS — it might be cool to have a bit of customization, but this takes it too far. Most of the profile pages are either hideous and unusable, or both.
  2. Advertising — I don’t mind ads. But MySpace just plasters them everywhere. And they’re the annoying type — dating services and such.
  3. UI — the user interface is horrendous. Sure, they’ve upgraded the user’s main control panel page a bit, but it’s still overtly crowded and confusing.
  4. Tom — nothing personal against this guy, but he’s everywhere. Oh, and apparently he’s not the age he lists in his profile — kinda creepy.
  5. Spam — spam friend requests, spam comments, spam private messages, where does it stop?!? Facebook is starting to have a little bit of this, but no where near as bad as MySpace.
  6. Music — the music that suddenly starts blaring if you visit someone’s profile page. If I want to listen to it, I’ll click the play button, okay? added 11/12/07

That’s all I can think of. I’ll add more as time goes by. Oh, and if you hate MySpace and need a place to spend your now-free time, you might want to go to I Fucking Hate MySpace.

The WordPress and PHP 5 debate has sparked up (again?), mostly brought on by the discussion on the mailing list and Matt’s post on PHP 5. I think this post on funkatron.com explains it pretty well — what we do now with a mess of code could, in a lot of cases, be made into OOP code that is a lot simpler, plus PHP 5 has many advantages such as PDO, which the Habari project has taken advantage of.

My biggest problem with the post? These few excerpts:

(In 2007, their site still doesn’t have obvious permalinks. They do have a RSS 1.0 feed though, remember those?)

Some app makers felt sorry for PHP 5 and decided to create the world’s ugliest advocacy site and turn their apps in to protest pieces at the expense of their users.

Come on, Matt. This is pretty underhanded. So what if their site doesn’t have a proper blog, with permalinks and et cetera? And remember when the WordPress site looked very similar? You know, all gray and boring? Didn’t stop it from becoming one of the most popular, if not the popular, blogging softwares at a surprisingly exponential rate. Don’t judge a book by its cover.

If you don’t support the move to PHP 5, fine. But at least someone had the guts to move forward with an initiative that has the potential to help WordPress in so many ways. And if WordPress wants to place its bets on outdated software that will no longer be supported by its vendor, then so be it.