Oh yeah, and the P is capitalized.

The title of this post was the last sentence included on the WordCamp San Diego speaker submission page. It struck a cord with me and here’s why.

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What It Means (if you don’t know)

WordPress is spelled with a capital “P”. It’s not Wordpress, or wordpress, or Word Press. It’s WordPress. I assume that sentence was included on the speakers page as a way of saying “If you intend to speak at this WordCamp, you better know the software you’re talking about.”

Filtering the Posers

Perhaps I’m aging myself a bit, but in my day (did I just say that?), if someone is trying to show their knowledge of something and gets the basics wrong, they would be labeled as a “poser”. Yes, I was an 80’s skate punk;)

If I see anyone misspelling WordPress, my first thoughts are:

  • It was a typo
  • Perhaps it’s a cultural and language issue
  • They really don’t know much about the software

Mostly though, I tend to immediately dismiss that person or content until I investigate further (you know, to make a proper judgement).

The Capital P Function

This issue came up three years ago, with function included in WordPress 3.0 in 2010 and actually caused a bit of a stir in the community. Why? You can read more about the hubbub on Justin Tadlock’s article here.

[note color=”#FFCC00″] I had to include the Remove Wordpress to WordPress filter plugin in order to even write this post properly. [/note]

Purity of the WordPress Community

Again, I took the inclusion of that sentence on the speaker submission as a message to would-be WordCamp speakers that you better know the software, and be there to help the attendees and not to (just) promote your product or business.

What do you think? Are there situations where where the improper capitalization of WordPress is warranted?

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