Admins Resign, New Management Moves In – WP Tavern
Recent turmoil in the ClassicPress community has resulted in the resignation of administrators and the installation of new management. The WordPress fork is managed by a non-profit organization called ClassicPress Initiative. It supports working on a lite version of WordPress, based on version 4.9, which uses the classic TinyMCE editor as the default option without a block editor.
The project appeared to be on the rocks a week ago when its administrators posted their resignations along with a call for replacements.
“Over the past few days, it has become crystal clear that the community feels that the directors of the ClassicPress initiative are now hindering the progress of the ClassicPress project,” said former director Wade Striebel.
“As such, Michelle and I have decided to step down from our positions with the non-profit organization that oversees the ClassicPress community, the ClassicPress Initiative. This will allow others to step in and move the ClassicPress project.
“Michelle and I have been here since ClassicPress started, almost four years ago. While it’s sad to leave the community that we’ve seen grow and evolve over time into the most successful WordPress fork in years, it’s time for a change of direction under new governance.
ClassicPress monthly costs in 2021 averaged $99.74 with donations averaging $10.34 per month. When the directors announced their intention to resign, there was $352 in the bank account. The project published its 2021 income statement based on its 2021 taxes.
Over the weekend, Striebel identified Viktor Nagornyy, William Patton and Tim Kaye as the initiative’s new directors.
Community financial support for the project doesn’t seem strong, but the prospect of getting people to do the bifurcation maintenance work in addition to managing its administrative overhead has been a bigger challenge.
“We had committees with elected members, we had team leaders, and we ended up here because they didn’t work, people didn’t do the job they said they would. ‘they would and were gone,’ said new manager Nagornyy. “We have reached this point after four grueling years, including the pandemic.
“If we do the same thing again, we will have the same results. Nobody wants that. We want CP to succeed, so we need to make changes with the support and input of the community. We don’t want to do it alone, we need the support of the community. It is a community project.
Nagornyy today released a new project plan, confirming that the Classic Press Initiative will continue to own the project infrastructure.
“This ownership model removes accountability from any individual and prevents egos from getting in the way,” he said. “This model also provides for limited liability for everyone involved.”
As the project is barely on its way financially, Nagornyy has identified fundraising as its top priority, along with reducing expenses and simplifying server infrastructure. He was also adamant about not having full responsibility for managing the project on the administrators again.
“We don’t favor a rigid committee (or ‘board’) structure,” Nagornyy said. “ClassicPress tried the ‘committee’ approach between 2018 and 2020. Unfortunately, it didn’t work as expected and caused frequent disagreements among members. Voting on issues became divisive and l one of the main reasons for the blockage of the project.
“As members left or became less active with the pandemic in full swing, committees were disbanded and trustees took on the responsibilities no one wanted to keep the project alive.”
ClassicPress appears to be in a precarious position as its new administrators take on responsibility for the organization. The project struggles to get people to contribute and will need to meet its fundraising goals aggressively enough to ensure that individual members do not become financially liable for its support.
“History must not repeat itself and we must learn from it,” Nagornyy said. “Making decisions is worthless if those decisions cannot or are not implemented. Rather, it is far more important that we focus on encouraging and facilitating people to actually contribute. »