I have had it. As an Open-Source startup that we still are, I believe we give a lot. Magnolia is one of the top 30 CMS vendors/systems on the planet, as exemplified by the CMS Watch report, the most relevant report of our industry. We give it away for free. We provide free infrastructure to the community. We provide free webcasts. We provide free trial versions of our supported Magnolia Enterprise Edition. You can call us, we provide free feedback on your ideas. We provide a free Evaluation Center and discuss your architecture – for free. We write new modules like the first ever JSR-170 forum (nearly released now) and give it to the community, for free, of course. We even stop by your office and present Magnolia without even getting a glass of water from you. Still free.
Now, there are those companies out there that have marketing budgets of billions. Staff of 100 thousands. IT departments the size of a small village. And someone gets the job to evaluate content management systems. So what do they do? They craft (or download) an RFI – a request for information – they send out to everyone they find in CMS Matrix. Never mind that all of this information can be found in the excellent CMS Watch report, or in the technology evaluation center report (for which I answered more than 3000 questions). No, they want us to answer all of their exact questions (however out-of-this-world and far away from their real needs they may be) in exactly their format within their deadlines – for free.
Well, the buck eventually stops somewhere. Do your own homework, or pay gazillions for the likes of Vignette to provide that service to you. In my world, I have to focus on what is effective for me. And I have decided that RFI's don't work for my company. I'd rather help those that go the extra mile and do their own evaluation.
I don't believe in check lists. I believe in working software. Download Magnolia now. And trash that bullet list.