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Howdy pardner...

I'd like to welcome you to this here page o'mine, which has been whipped up in no time flat to give some support and outside discussion to the presently stunned Mambo open source project and community.

Why you say? What the heck is this all about? Well pilgrim, you've found yer way to just the place ya'll need to be to get those queries answered. Sure 'nuff this here place is where we can maybe have a chuckle over what's been goin' down of late, maybe even open some eyes to where this all could be headed.

So kick back in front o' the fire and we'll spin some yarns about what could be the biggest showdown Mambo has ever seen in the ol' west

Thankye kindly fer visitin',

The Lone Mamber

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Miro spreads the bullsh... love!

Well, this is a right oddly occurrence in the lead up to the new project name announcement...

Miro International, seemingly, have launched a propaganda site under the name of Mambolove.com. I say seemingly 'cos it aint rightly clear who is responsible, but it has their copyright on it.

In the same line as the popular SpreadFirefox initiative, Mambolove has a banner program that allows users to promote the site from their own sites and such. Altho it could be said those varmits have taken their inspiration from the ol' "Publicity and Advocacy" board on the mamboserver forums, where last year a few pilgrims put forth the concept of SpreadMambo or GoMambo.

Oh, coincidence you say? Well aint it odd that if you pop over to SpreadMambo.com it takes you straight to the "love".

Ironic aint it? Miro proclaiming their love for themselves after showing so little for the hard workin' team that built what they're promotin', or the community that has long supported it. Why I'd hardly call all the deletin' and bannin' goin' on over at the ol' forums any kind of love.

No sir-ee bob.

So let's have a mosey on around their new digs and see what we can see...

First up, there's "Spread the Love":

If you are using Mambo or heard of it and absolutely love it, just like the millions out there and would like to help us spread the word of this amazing Open Source Content Management System (CMS), it is simple.
Heard of it and absolutely love it? Them's messy arrangin' of words, sounds like they're expectin' us to love it just from hearin' about it. Why I believe even this ol' cowboy has a better hold of the language. But I get off the point there don't I...

We want to invite you to become a Mambo Lover and to show your support for this great system, to start just sign up here.
Ah, I see, even if you love Mambo, you have to be invited to become a Mambo Lover. That's almost as backwards as payin' $1000 to develop free addons for the varmits software...

As a Mambo Lover, you will receive the latest news and events updates on the happenings in the Mambo world and most importantly the sooner you get a Mambo Love badge or link on your site, the sooner you will start collecting your Love points.

Oh goody, I do so love meat in a can, especially direct to my mailbox. Better sign up now!

But wait, what's this? Love points!!! Ohhh, I wonder if I can cash them down at Miss Philly's House of Ladies...

We recognize the efforts of our community and we want to show our appreciation of your efforts in helping to spread the word of Mambo around so we've started Love points.
Oh, those kind of love points. So, how does it go again? First you get de moneeeey, den you get de poooower, den we get de looooove points!

Shame they can't be cashed in for de weeeeemeeeen...

The concept is simple, whenever visitors click on the Mambo Love link on your website, emails or blogs, you will start collecting Love points, one click one point*.
Joy of joys, we get a love point for every unsuspectin' pilgrim we sends their way. But what do we get for that, that shows Miro's appreciation of our efforts?

The top 5 Mambo Lovers, with the highest number of Love points will be honored on the Love Scoreboard, which is updated in real-time. We think it is important to acknowledge the top performers and to give the others a little motivation.

We get our username in a list of FIVE others on the front page of Mambolove? What the hell kind of appreciation showin' is that, why I get more appreciation out of Miss Philly's ladies and I tell ya those girls get quite worn out in their line of work.

So, like SpreadFirefox there is a top list of referrers. SpreadFirefox has a top list of 250 referrers tho, and each one is given a link back to their own site from that list, as an incentive. A unlinked up list of five pilgrims, with nothin' to show for anyone below that? So what happens when the five largest sites just keep on referrin' links and stay at the top?

Never mind, ya'll get to show how much you love Miro... I mean Mambo.

As a lil experiment, why doncha go and click on this banner right here, let's see if we can get in the top five eh?

Deflower Mambo For Love!

Looky who is on the top of that thar list! Why it's lily livered Lamont, I knew that smug mug loved himself a bit too much.

Now onto the next area, "World Love":

With Mambo communities all around the world today we would like your help to make Mambo Day happen in every corner. World Love is about spreading Mambo globally, across the borders, interstate, across the ocean, you get the idea.
Yeah, I think I am gettin' the idea. This Mambo Love stuff is all about some marketing mumbo jumbo involving a certain cafe culture lounge lizard lovin' hisself. Oh yeah we can all make pretty words to sound big and official, but when it comes down to it, the guy in charge over there is a smug bugger who cares only for the buck.

World love? I'd think that would have to do with lovin' the world, donatin' to charities or some such. But no, this is about spreading the word of the recently hijacked Mambo project, "you get the idea".

If you are thinking of hosting your very own Mambo Day, write to us and tell us where you are from and your ideas, we want to help you kick-start your Mambo Day project. If you have a great idea for other Mambo-related events and need help to get started, we would like to help as well. All you need to do is to submit your proposal for the kind of event you have in mind.
Here we go again, makin' out like they haven't just stolen someone elses thinkin'. Why, I remember a quite successful Mambo Day event held over in Europe that was planned since last year, and that dint have naught to do with this Miro bullock scrotum. There's a whole forum devoted to it over on Mambers forums...

Every proposal submission will be taken into consideration, if your proposal has been accepted, we will provide you with the information you need to start your own Mambo event, put you in touch with the people who will be able to help you plan your event and in some cases Mambo communities will offer financial subsidaries* as well.

* Financial subsidaries will be considered on case by case basis, which would be subject to the nature of each proposal.
Should change the durn title to "Make My MamboDay" rather than some World Love misleading tomfoolery. Hey, in some cases mambo communities will offer financial subsidiaries! So, ya'll can put an event together for these varmits, and if some other varmit is lucky, they can foot the bill. That's mighty generous, Mr. Lamont.

Aw hell, I get ahead of meself here, I should be consultin' the FAQ first. Oh gawd no, it aint the FAQ here, it's the Frequently Loved Questions (FLQ). I guess all the questions the community has asked so far haven't been so loved then, given the lack of attention they've been given...

Frequently Loved Questions

What is Mambo?

Mambo is a 'free' web-based content management system, which allows its users to create, organise and update content using a web browser, without the need to know the web technicalities usually involved in producing content for the web.

'Free'? Is that free as in free beer, or free as in free as a pilgrim in a noose?

Mambo was developed 5 years ago by Miro International to be a simple to use web publishing system. It was released to the Open Source community and since then has been developed by members of the community into one of the most powerful Open Source Content Management Systems available.

Hey now, this aint right at all. Seems like Miro's spin department are forgetting the dedicated core dev team who have been developin' this thang since Miro dropped it on it's ass to pursue their commercial flop years ago. Varmits.

What is Mambo Love all about?

As a non-profit organization, Mambo Communities have very limited resources at its disposal to market Mambo to the world. Mambo Love has been setup based on the principles of community involvement - much like forum.mamboserver.com, but this site has a focus on the global marketing and advocacy of Mambo.

Mambolove.com has been specifically setup to form a global marketing network to strengthen the marketing and advocacy efforts of Mambo around the world.

Mambo Communities, non-profit organisation run by Miro employess. Hell, this whole thing stinks higher than a varmit in pig shit at noon. Setup on the principles of community involvement? Why is it that the community weren't told none about it on forum.mamboserver.com? I only happened across it while wanderin' thru Mambohub.com which has become what seems to be an advance affiliate...

Who manages the Spread Mambo Love website?

A team of dedicated volunteers from the Mambo community oversee the day-to-day running of the site, this includes updating news and information, managing enquiries etc.

The question, I reckon, was WHO MANAGES THE SPREAD MAMBO LOVE WEBSITE? I aint seein' no answers right there, just a bit of spin that says to me lily livered Lamont and co run the thing. And what do we see here in the question? Spread Mambo Love. Ah. I see.

I spose they realised Spread Mambo weren't highly original, and that GoMambo concept was well and truly cornered by pilgrims that aint too impressed with Miro's behaviour.

The objective of the site is to increase community involvement in the advocacy and marketing of Mambo. If you are interested in becoming part of the team or you know someone who might be, click here to provide us with the relevant information.

Yeah, click away, never mind they aint even bothered to tell anyone who's runnin' that there site...

How can I be involved in Mambo Love?

The simplest way to start is to sign up as an affiliate Mambo Lover. Once you have signed up, add your Mambo badges to your website, blog or in your email signature. And start spreading the Love.

An affiliate Mambo Lover? Sounds like one o' them kinky european menage o' trois situations. That can get right complicated, pilgrims.

Own Some Love Points Today!

So we just haveta add one o' them banners to anywhere at all and then we be spreadin' the Love, eh? Round these parts we'd call that spreadin' the spiced ham in a can, with plenty of cow dung to make a good fertiliser...

What are the perks of being a Mambo Lover?

When you sign up as a Mambo Lover, you will receive:

  • Regular news and event updates
  • Love points

Ok, do I have it right here, that what you get for bein' Miro's obedient lil love pony, is spam in your mailbox and some points that will get you into the top five names to be ridiculed. If you have a big site that can make it to the top that is.

Lovely, we appreciate your efforts, now fight like dogs for our love!

Those Miro characters are down right queer.

What are Love points?

Love points are points awarded to you everytime someone clicks on the Mambo Love link on your website, emails or blogs . It is as simple as, a point for every click-through we get. Love points are setup to recognise members for their effort in helping to spread Mambo. The more points you get the higher you rank on the Love Scoreboard.

Love points, love 'em or hate 'em. Tho I guess the spin here is you'd sound kinda simple if you went around sayin' "I hate love points!". How it's setup to recognise anyone for their effort in the community is beyond me, all it's gonna do is garner Miro some clicks, and a few sites at the top get to show their username in a short list.

Whoopee. Time to celebrate.

My, that load of bullshit has just tired out this ol' cowboy, I reckon I'll catch some shuteye before the real news comes in. New name soon folks, we'll be lookin' ahead, and movin' away from these mutinous varmits and into greener pastures.

Thankye kindly for readin',

The Lone Mamber