So, since my last post on the subject of XenForo, very little has changed. Everyone has been left wondering what exactly is going on behind the scenes at XenForo Limited.
I posted on their August Update discussion thread (as you might have guessed) and frankly I thought that my question about XenForo was reasonable. My question was:
Would someone be willing to identify the cumulative number of hours that have been expended altering/amending/improving/patching/etc the codebase since the last announcement on 19 June 2012. Personally I’d sleep better having some proof that things are being worked on even if there is no scheduled time frame for a release.
Now on Wednesday this week it will be a fortnight since I posted that question and as of now it has not been answered.
Unsurprisingly the current moderators of the XenForo community were left with little option but to close the discussion thread as it degenerated swiftly. Personally I did not find the moderators themselves particularly helpful because whilst I understand the logic behind telling people how they should interpret things at the end of the day that makes everything on the XenForo community hearsay.
I sincerely doubt that we are going to see anything back from XenForo Limited any time soon, in fact I predict that we will hear nothing whatsoever until they post a “September Update” or similar.
Personally I cannot see the problem with answering the question that I posed, many other projects freely allow people to draw down information and statistics on the amount of programming being done. For an example you can take a look at the entry for Mozilla Firefox on Ohloh.net which notes that there have been 2525 commits in the period 09 August 2012 to 08 September 2012.
Is the current set of circumstances really so bad that XenForo Limited has to take this xenophobic approach to their own customers?