Late night abuse

I was playing Quake Live last night when I found myself on the receiving end of some 'colourful' language. I had undoubtedly the lowest skill of all of the players present in a Clan Arena server. My aim is not as good as many of theirs was. This doesn't excuse some of the abusive language I was subjected to.

After the game I checked the skill level of the two players in question, indeed they are among the top 50 players in the world, with what must be years of continuous play under their belts. So what is the problem here? You are some of the best players in the world, clearly MOST players are worse than you. By cursing other people, are you assuring yourself of your own ability in a video game?

I guess I'll never know. I mean, I can only imagine these players are young and don't have responsibilities in their own lives yet - especially if their social development is hindered by hours upon hours of video gaming. But that's not an excuse! Somehow being online gives them a perception of untouchability. Being an outstanding player somehow excludes them from being respectful.

I haven't decided if I'm bothered enough by the whole episode to report the players; some of the language used - which I'll not repeat here - wouldn't be tolerated even on a football (soccer) ground. I may look up the procedure to report individuals though, that way I can prepare any necessary evidence (edit: if it happens again).

Until next time (tomorrow, if I stick to my schedule)...

Drupal all the way...?

I read through an extensive thread on reddit (the great) about the end of drupal as a content management system. There was the usual comparison with WordPress, how WordPress offers ease of use and speed of setup at the expense of flexibility and depth. An argument was made, which I agree with, that Drupal takes longer to understand and learn, but pays more dividends when you invest in doing so.

There was also a point made about the income of the respective developers for each platform. The argument is that Drupal is better suited to bigger, complicated jobs, and so average contracts were in the multiple 10,000s (tens of thousands), whereas the average WordPress build was much lower in value. Of course, that is not to say you can earn just as much in WordPress (or just as little in Drupal).

There was an interesting point made further down the thread that caught my interest - and I will have to investigate further on this - that as Drupal specialises more and more, third party module developers will move away to other platforms. As someone who primarily builds websites out of custom modules (with very little of my own module development) this concerns me.

The thread is about two years old, and a lot has changed since then; Drupal 8 is on the horizon and looks set to change things again, but that its for the better seems undeniable now. My reading and understanding the field is still at an early stage, but I'm still happy about my choice to focus on Drupal.

Welcome to RominRonin

As a test, I'm going to try and post something each day this week. Let's see how far I get :)

First Basic Post

Here we are again, posting a test page on a fresh install of Drupal CMS. This version is 7.36, version 8 is in beta and should be here by the end of the year (fingers crossed). In order to brush up on many web development skills (PHP, MySQL, PHPMyAdmin etc.) I thought I'd go through some basic tutorials, but in researching which skills to focus on, I just thought 'this is all redundant!'. I mean, after all, so many great CMS's have been developed to eliminate the trial and error, step-by-step development of your own custom tool.

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