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The Rebirth of a Community

By Byrne Reese
Posted June 11, 2007.

One unanticipated by-product of the release of the Movable Type 4.0 Beta was how quickly the community is being reinvigorated. Every day I am reading more and more in the blogosphere about Movable Type, and more and more frequently I am seeing new projects emerge from the community that are dramatically enhancing every user's experience with the product. As a Product Manager, nothing fills me with more pride then seeing a user base so excited for their product.
The latest project is MT Tags, a website created by the community to help catalog and document Movable Type's extensive templating language. Going forward, I see this site serving as the basis for MT4's template tag documentation. Also, because it is built using Movable Type, users will be able to leave comments and notes regarding template tags documented on the site; thereby helping other users with questions or difficulties they might be having.

I can't wait to see what the community has in store next...



Bud on June 12, 2007, 4:42 a.m. Reply

I agree. I’ve seen the knowledge content of the community resources shoot way up, and that’s what was needed. The constant decline was depressing.

I’d like to see a post where you identified what parts of MT 4 are actually in production at 6A. It seems like MT was the initial basis for a lot of the services 6A started (like Typepad where I begain using it within a month of it launching) but then the codebase for the products started to diverge rapidly.

The reason I ask this question is that it seems you are creating the basis for an ecosystem where 6A and the community mutually reinforce each other. My guess is that you’ll look back on this time and see it as the point where close sourced MT stopped being a drag on the company and open source MT started being a contributor.

Your business is a service business, not a packaged software distribution business.

PlasticMind []

PlasticMind [] on June 12, 2007, 4:55 a.m. Reply

Bud’s comments: +1


salguod on June 12, 2007, 10:05 a.m. Reply

I’m excited to see what’s going to happen with MT4. I really hope this does energize the MT community and bring into the MT fold more personal bloggers that now are going to Wordpress.

I have plenty of questions, but I assume that this isn’t the place to ask a bunch of technical stuff. I see that there is a MT4 section of the Support Forums. Why not provide a link to them here?

Byrne Reese

Byrne Reese was previously the Product Manager of Movable Type at Six Apart, where he had also held positions as the Manager of Platform Technology and Product Manager for TypePad. Byrne is a huge supporter of the Movable Type user and developer community. He dedicates much of his time to promoting and educating people about Movable Type as well as building the tools and plugins for Movable Type that are showcased on Majordojo. He contributes regularly to open source; and he is an advocate for open protocols and standards like Atom and OpenID.