[Greasemonkey] Goals for the user script directory (very long)

Michael Bierman greasemonkey at thebiermans.net
Fri Apr 8 19:10:52 EDT 2005


Well said, Steve.  He only thing I would add is that some people have other
reasons to host their user scripts.  They want to drive some traffic to
their site to get people interested in something else they have to say or
another project.   I have found a lot of cool stuff that way.  

Michael

-----Original Message-----
From: greasemonkey-bounces at mozdev.org
[mailto:greasemonkey-bounces at mozdev.org] On Behalf Of Steve Krulewitz
Sent: Friday, April 08, 2005 5:22 PM
To: greasemonkey at mozdev.org
Subject: Re: [Greasemonkey] Goals for the user script directory (very long)

Scott R. Turner wrote:
> My real point is this:  Users and developers already have a model for 
> Firefox/Mozilla browser add-ons -- extensions and themes.  I think 
> that if you make scripts mirror that model as closely as possible, 
> you'll get wider and quicker acceptance.

I think Jeremy is trying to create something that follows the current trend
of decentralization.  People are moving away from centralized publishing
(forums, usenet) and moving towards decentralized publishing
(blogs) that are tied together by other services (delicious, technorati,
etc).

Distribution of a user script should be as simple as writing a blog post.
Paste the script into your blog and ping userscript.org with the link back
to the script -- and userscript.org takes it from there.  Of course this
system requires the script author to have a place on the web to put their
script.  Would this really be a barrier for your average script writer?  I
personally don't have a blog, but I do have half a dozen places on the web
to publish something if I wished.

Certainly a traditional "log in and upload your script" site would be
sufficient, but I'm not sure it would foster the blog-like grassroots style
community that people desire to create around userscripts.

cheers,
-steve
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