Interview with Jaxel - XenPorta Creator

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Interview with Jaxel - XenPorta Creator

Jaxel is Jason Axelrod, creator of XenForo add-ons including the very popular XenPorta Portal among many others. Early in 2014 Jaxel started a crowdfund for XenPorta 2. After it was funded, Jaxel stopped talking about XP2 completely, missing several self-defined milestones and creating quite a bit of concern and speculation among his investors and the XF community in general. You can see a summary of the XP2 crowdfunding timeline Here.

Jaxel was kind enough to sit down and do a candid interview with TAZ including answering some questions about the status of XenPorta 2.


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Please tell us about yourself.


Not much to say. I'm a German Jew with obsessive compulsive and avoidant personality disorders. I am also a strict adherent to rules, and believe in brutal honestly; which gets me into a lot of trouble, because I constantly call people out for misleading and lying to others (yes, I sense the irony here). I am also a varsity certified umpire and officiate many amateur tournaments during the spring and summer months. I am also a Libertarian (Old-Right Republican) and am staunchly against Socialism.


What is your educational background?

I have a degree in Biomedical Informatics from DeVry University; however I didn't actually receive an "education" while pursuing this degree. Everything I have learned has been self-taught from reverse engineering other people's code, or asking questions to people more knowledgeable than me on places like StackOverflow.

When I started programming though, object-oriented design was still a new idea. So I learned to program procedural code, and object-oriented design is still a weird concept for me. I wing it though, and I get by; but I often have to go back to Google to look up the meaning and syntax of terms. I still rarely use IDEs if I don't have to. Its because of this, I still consider myself a terrible programmer.


What is your full time job?

I don't really have one. Because of my personality issues, I don't work well with others; so I have no desire to hold a 9 to 5. Instead I work freelance, which basically has me working in spurts where I program 16 hours straight a day, and then going "dark" in between jobs. This "dark" area is often where I find time to program many of the add-ons I've released for free in the...
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Daniel Hood

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I mean, its not for a lack of time. I've had the time to work on XP2. I don't plan on ripping off anybody, but I end up staring at a empty document and getting nowhere. I eventually close the document and just start working on something else.
You were honestly better off continuing to stay silent man.

[Edit] While that is the only part I quoted. This was a terrrrrrrrible way to try to get people to like you again.
 

Sheldon

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Just exactly how in the blue monkey piss are you planning on being even with those that have invested $5k into your vaporware? How do you even continue to log into Xenforo?

I read it all, not sure if people are supposed to feel sorry for you because of the disorder, or doubt you because of the history.

You, your products and services (what little there are) should be removed from XF until you deliver 5 grand worth of XenPorta.
 

Daniel Hood

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So of course, there is the question... Did I take the money and run? Well, that wasn't my intention, but I have no evidence to prove otherwise. I planned on having XP2 released by now, but it hasn't worked out that way. Why not? Well I have no real excuse; I can give an explanation, but it doesn't excuse me from failure to produce.
So, can we assume you still have the money of these 73 people? If so, have you considered giving it to a dev without writers block to do the job? if not, have you considered refunding those 73 people? Or, now that your ridiculous year time frame is up and you basically admitted it can be done in a couple weeks are you actually planning to do it?
 

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I mean, its not for a lack of time. I've had the time to work on XP2. I don't plan on ripping off anybody, but I end up staring at a empty document and getting nowhere. I eventually close the document and just start working on something else.
I can understand that, I feel the same way sometimes.

But then again... I've never opened a $4000 crowdfunding campaign for any of the stuff that I later get writers' block on...
 

Daniel Hood

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I can understand that, I feel the same way sometimes.

But then again... I've never opened a $4000 crowdfunding campaign for any of the stuff that I later get writers' block on...
I've never seen writer's block last a year and stop someone from all communication.
 

Lisa

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Hell, I've managed to rewrite my XSplit Panel Writer; a program I make no money on because I sell it for a literal penny.
That doesn't sound much like writer's block to me.
 

Mike Creuzer

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I think one of the reasons people are so upset, especially developers, is the fact that it was the first crowd source attempt in XenForo (that I know of) and man does this bring in some trust issues within the community. A trusted third party developer rips off the community as a whole, its a huge step back. Quite disappointing.

We all have issues, people who use their issues to make excuses get no respect or sympathy from me.
 

Lisa

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I think one of the reasons people are so upset, especially developers, is the fact that it was the first crowd source attempt in XenForo (that I know of) and man does this bring in some trust issues within the community. A trusted third party developer rips off the community as a whole, its a huge step back. Quite disappointing.

We all have issues, people who use their issues to make excuses get no respect or sympathy from me.
Third crowdfund... where one had already had been a spectacular fail.
 

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He should simply pay the money back. This is the only way to heal the writers block.
 

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He should simply pay the money back. This is the only way to heal the writers block.
Wanted to rate funny... for obvious reasons. Just don't want you to think it was anything other than the suggestion of him paying it back.
 
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