Sometimes you can smell when it's not going to end well. It's almost like there's a taste in the air. It started with a routine email message in my inbox. But after reading the first few words, I knew this was going to be one of those. Here's how it started: "We bought the seamless donation plugin for our website..." Let's start with a quick bit of back story for those of you who haven't been following along. A few months ago, I adopted a WordPress plugin, Seamless Donations, as my new side project. Seamless Donations helps nonprofits accept donations, and it's got just about 68,000 organizations depending on it to help them do good things for the world. What's Hot on ZDNet Helping users of the plugin and keeping it up to date is a good thing to do and it also helps keep my programming chops up to date. It's a win-win. It's also free, available for download from the central plugin repository. There should be no "We bought" in the email I got from the user. Unfortunately, there are some real schmucks on this planet, and as soon as I read this guy's note, I had a feeling he had been a victim of one of them. A few weeks ago, I wrote WordPress: is it safe to use for my websites?
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