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Final Words

Published on Tuesday, 23 August 2005
What follows is Robert Castley's response to the community:

Back in early 2002 I discovered a stray file in the depths of SourceForge, this file was MamboV3.0.7.tar.gz (http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/mambo/MamboV3.0.7.tar.gz).? What I didn't know then was that I found a file that would change the face of open source Content Management and become an awarding winning product.

A lot has changed since then most notably I am no longer responsible for its destiny.? Recently, I decided to come back.? A good idea or a bad idea?? Whatever people conclude I came back to be part of what I created in the hope that I could help out in some small way in taking Mambo further.? What I didn't come back to do was to destroy it, or more importantly to me destroy what little reputation, good or bad, I may have in the open source community.
A lot has happen recently in a very small space of time.? My leaving probably gave Mambo a fresh lease of life, when you are being kicked and punched by the likes of Brian Connolly, and other community bullies, there are only so many times you can keep picking yourself up to continue fighting for what you believe in.? My spirits were down and my faith destroyed, not exactly a person you want leading an award winning product.

I resigned from the Mambo Foundation for two reasons and two reasons alone. Number one was to protect what is left of my reputation and integrity in the open source community, this was coming under fire and there was no way I was prepared to see this destroyed further.? Number two I didn't come back to spend hours every night on the computer and this was fast becoming the case.? As many of you know I have a family and they are more important to me than anything else.? For the record I was no way forced or pushed to resign.? This was completely my own decision.

The only request I have for you all out there is to watch out for people like Brian Connolly, they are evil, vicious people that seem to revel in destroying what has taken you years to build.? He may have been the first but he most certainly won't be the last.? Just be on your guard and protect what you believe in.

These are my final words to the Mambo community and I am sure it will please some out there when they hear the following words: I ain't coming back again!? That's a promise.

All the very best to each and every one of you, and who knows if I ever get ?Project Decent PHP Wiki' off the ground I may meet up with some of you again sooner rather than later.

Robert Castley
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