<img src=”http://www.donkeyontheedge.com/images/TPBarf-thumb.gif”” alt=”TypePad is down” height=”154” width=”150” class=”left” style=”float:left” /> I just tried to comment on a blog whose author is taking part in a ‘fair and frank’ with Anil Dash, SixApart’s professional network guy. As luck would have it, when I clicked “Post comment” TypePad barfed (so is that coincidence, irony or poetic justice?)

So anyway, thought I’d post the comment here:

The Man Who Invented the Internet: Scalability issues redux

I think there's a balance where we can reasonably spend our time either fixing things or talking about them...

What SixApart are going through isn’t new, but it still doesn’t justify making this sort of comment.

When you’re distributing a cool Perl script made by a handy programmer with an interface cut by his very talented designer partner it’s ok to be human.

When you go incorporated, sell commercial licenses to your product, start international offices and set sail to take over the world it’s an entirely different matter.

Real companies have departments that build stuff and fix stuff and they also have departments that communicate. In the real world, one doesn’t preclude the other.

From a marketing point of view, I feel the pain of a bunch of really cool people trying to do the right thing for the right reasons coming up against the jugernaught of market forces.