Interview: Paul M

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Jan 6, 2004
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Interview: Paul M

Paul M is an administrator on Forum - The Official vBulletin Resource!. He kindly agreed to an interview for us and so, without further ado - here it is :giggle:

For those who do not know you, could you provide a little information about yourself?
My name is Paul Marsden, I am 47, married with three daughters. I live just outside Nottingham (UK). I am a software engineer for Perceptive Informatics.

With regards to your "who's online script? I'm always surprised with each release of the vbulletin software this wasn't added? why do you think this is?
I have no idea, it always surprises me as well. In the past, Jelsoft seemed to resist adding popular mods, I never understood why. I think its the most popular mod I know of, judging by google searches its installed on many thousands of sites.

What is your opinion on open-source software versus paid solutions?
I dont really have one. Both have there place in the world, and there are good and bad examples of each.

What advice would you give to anyone about to start out coding in vBulletin?
Download a few mods and look at how things are done - but dont just copy things you dont understand, work out for yourself how/why it works. Also, install a test site you can break without consequence.

What advice would you give to anyone who wanted to learn about coding in general?
I try not to give advice. The only thing I would say is always try to test stuff as much as you can, and dont worry when people find bugs, its a fact of life that bugs happen. As long as you fix them in a timely manner, people will generally accept it.

What projects are you working on right now?
Im finishing updating my mods for vb 4.0 - so much has changed, and is still changing, so I keep re-writing parts of them, either simply to improve them, or in some cases, when a new vb version is released, it breaks them - or has new hooks & features I can make use of.

Do you ever experience coder's burnout?
Not sure what that is, so id say no.

Where do you see your cable forum in the next decade?
No idea, I never look that far forward.

Putting vBulletin's new license policy into the equation and lack of function in vBulletin 4, do you see your community switching to another software if the problems are not rectified?
What lack of functionality ? We have no plans to move to 4.0 atm. We will continue using 3.8.x

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Steve M

Coder Formerly Known As..
Jan 6, 2010
I know many won't appreciate this comment but on your last questions your responded to Paul M, WTF are they thinking with that? Seriously, us coders rely on global_start a lot more than the other global plugins. Is there a reason behind them doing this or are they just doing it because THEY see no point in those hooks? Probably can't answer that question but I had to ask.

Paul M

Limeade Addict
Jun 26, 2006
Well this thread is probably not the best place to discuss it, but there is no reason to rely on those hooks, in fact, there are a number of alternatives now - and all but one of my mods no longer use global_start (and it will be be changed in that one remaining mod soon as well).

The fact is that with the CMS and blogs, those hooks no longer act the way they were envisaged, so they are going to phase them out. There will be an announcement on


Mar 27, 2006
Nice interview. Paul, what I really wonder is what it's like living in a houseful of women! I remember what I was like as a teenager and can't imagine having to live with three of teenage me. :eek: