This is a response to a post by Rogers Cadenhead on his blog today.
1. I wanted to get feeds.scripting.com running again, and had had a good experience with Rogers on work he did for me on weblogs.com. I outlined a plan and sent Rogers a draft of a written agreement. I told him that I wouldn’t do the deal without a signed agreement, and he agreed to that. I sent him $5000 as an advance, but he never signed the agreement. I asked him many times to please sign it and send it back, but he never did. Finally I gave up.
2. I still want to do this project, so I asked him to return the money so I can pay someone else to work on it. He refused. I also want Rogers to stop running the site because it is not his to run. He is using content that I created in his site. I wrote the software that he converted, and gave him my source code.
3. It’s not true that the site is all based on public data. He is using data that users trusted me with, that was not made public, that they did not give permission to be made public.
4. Rogers wanted to discuss this privately, and we kept it private, until today when he posted his story on his weblog.
5. It is surprising to me that he acts like I have escalated things by having my attorney write to him about this matter. He suggested that we stop communicating directly with each other, and that we instead go through our attorneys, which I agreed to do. Now he’s apparently changed his mind and wants to try to have his way by starting some kind of flamewar in the blogosphere. This is disappointing, and it won’t work, because I insist on being treated fairly.
6. This matter could be resolved very quickly. He can take down the site, return my software and content, and pay me back the money. If he has spent the money and can’t return it, he should say so, and we can try to work something out. But this is not a good way for a contract programmer to do business with a customer, and that’s all that’s going on here.