Another reason to love FLOSS: developers are close to the users, and they LISTEN.
I recently started using the Sociable WordPress plugin for this blog. This wonderful plugin by Joost de Valk, lets you put some links to social bookmarking/news/recommendation sites on the web at the bottom of each post, so a reader can send your post to such a site with a single click.
There are many WP plugins that do this, but I liked the looks of Joost's, and the pleasant way of managing it. I chose Digg, Reddit, del.icio.us, Technorati and Slashdot, but I felt that at least two sites that I liked were missing from the available sites list: MenÃ©ame and Barrapunto.
So I boldly decided to contact the developer, Joost de Valk, and ask for them:
I have just discovered your "Sociable" WordPress plugin, and I like it a lot.
However, there is always room for improvement, and as such I would like to suggest you to add links to the following sites:
Both are Spanish "versions" of popular sites: Digg and Slashdot, respectively.
I mainly write in English, but I think that blogs with a Spanish audience could benefit a lot from these links.
Now I realize I even forgot to say "thanks in advance" or anything... I was a bit unpolite, I fear. Anyway, his answer came a couple of days later:
I'll add them in the next version, coming out... tonight I guess :)
Can I trust upon you to promote it a bit there? :)
It is actually true that a new version of Sociable has been released, and it includes MenÃ©ame and Barrapunto as available sites. So here it goes your promotion, Joost ;^)
Isn't it great when people collaborate and are generally nice to each other? Isn't everyone tired of a society where people don't do anything unless they get money or power in return?
Thanks Joost and other bona fide developers for your great work.