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Interview with Jonathan Wainwright (AKA Waindigo)

The Sandman

Well-known member
#1
We've just published our Interview with Jonathan Wainwright (AKA Waindigo).

Here's a sample -
What is your full time occupation now, and what was it previously?

I now work full-time as a XenForo developer. When I left university, my first job was a training contract with an accounting firm. After nearly 3 years, things got a bit messy and I was threatened with legal action over some software that I had written that the company decided they owned. I had already decided that I wanted to do something more IT-based, so I left and went back to university. After a year at university, I applied for another accounting company in an IT role, but just before I was due to start the job they received a devastating reference from my old boss and said they had no choice but to revoke the job offer. At that time, I thought my life was effectively over because I would struggle to get a job anywhere.

Which single add-on of yours are you proudest of?

This is difficult because the ones that I am most proud of are the ones which I want to spend time on to make them as good as I can, and then they become the ones I am least proud of because I don't have time, so they feel unfinished. The one that I am really excited about at the moment is Tabs by Waindigo – I have so much planned for it, and will hopefully actually have some time to make it into something really amazing.
 
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Tracy Perry

Well-known member
#8
@Waindigo, I know the first time (when I first started using xenForo) that I thought someone had misspelled Wendigo. Said to myself - Self, don't know if you want to use anything by someone that is half demon.... but then saw you were from the UK and probably didn't even know what a wendigo was. :D
Some of the most useful add-ons I use are from you and @Chris Deeming. Ya'll are my go-to guys for the good stuff. ;)
 

Jon W

Well-known member
#9
Yer, that is a little unfortunate. It actually took quite some time for me to get Google to stop saying "did you mean wendigo?".

But no, I'm not a half demon. Just a regular sinner like everyone else.

Glad you find the add-ons useful.
 

Claudio

Well-known member
#10
Jonathan, thank you for give us the opportunity to know more about you. I like almost all the addons you've created and you have done a fantastic job. XenForo is what it is thanks to coders like you that contribute with free addons, the great community and of course XF developers.
 

Rudy

Well-known member
#14
From the interview...this is just...wow...

Waindigo said:
...but just before I was due to start the job they received a devastating reference from my old boss and said they had no choice but to revoke the job offer.
In the US, labor laws are such that the only "reference" a company can give, if asked, is to verify that the employee worked at their company. A nice company will write a letter of recommendation as a reference, but by law they are not allowed to give out negative information. But you went on to better things, so it's all good!

Great interview! :)
 

Jon W

Well-known member
#15
From the interview...this is just...wow...

In the US, labor laws are such that the only "reference" a company can give, if asked, is to verify that the employee worked at their company. A nice company will write a letter of recommendation as a reference, but by law they are not allowed to give out negative information. But you went on to better things, so it's all good!

Great interview! :)
Thanks.

I probably shouldn't comment on this any further, although it was pretty clear to me that they had spent some serious money on legal advice before sending the reference. It actually took quite some effort just to get a copy of the reference. So, as you can imagine, seeing how vBulletin were abusing the legal system to throttle the growth of XenForo touched a nerve for me.
 

Jon W

Well-known member
#18
@Waindigo - are you making paid addons yet ?
Time for you to make some money !
While members of this great community are still willing to contribute towards the development of add-ons AND allow for that work to be released under the usual Waindigo license (which it should be pointed out only allows non-commercial sites to use the add-on for free), then I am happy to continue to subsidise that and we will never release an add-on that everyone has to pay for.
 

Digital Doctor

Well-known member
#19
While members of this great community are still willing to contribute towards the development of add-ons AND allow for that work to be released under the usual Waindigo license (which it should be pointed out only allows non-commercial sites to use the add-on for free), then I am happy to continue to subsidise that and we will never release an add-on that everyone has to pay for.
Ahem, can you snuff out the incense plz ?
Is your custom working going *THAT* well ?
... even if it is ... as a group, xenforo.com members have lots of money to go around.
Financially stable xenforo addon coders benefit everyone, whether they know it or not.
Make some good paid stuff would 'ya. It's time for you to make the leap.
 

The Sandman

Well-known member
#20
Ahem, can you snuff out the incense plz ?
Is your custom working going *THAT* well ?
... even if it is ... as a group, xenforo.com members have lots of money to go around.
Financially stable xenforo addon coders benefit everyone, whether they know it or not.
Make some good paid stuff would 'ya. It's time for you to make the leap.
I don't think Jonathan is acting on a whim (or under the influence of "incense"). He believes in what he's doing and he's happy with the way things are - at least that's my take on it from what he wrote in his interview.