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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Do find it "timely" he gives an interview close to Christmas. I mean, is this an attempt to get people on the good side of him because he needs some fresh inflow of cash? But has ended giving an interview, one he didn't give much thought about what he was saying. Find it odd also he should give this interview and yet fail to update the XenPorta 2 topic on XenForo at same time, which it seems they reopened on purpose same time as interview for him to do the "right thing".

Don't get why Digital Doctor is defending him for? Using his personal issues as an excuse for it. He's not the only person with issues, and that in no way excuses him from ripping 3k, or was it 5k from people?

Read that Pozible stance is one they don't get involved if the project isn't completed, what a joke. Saying it's between you giving money and the developer doing the project. A huge problem with that is how many people are going too, or can afford too bring action against a developer who does a runner with the money afterwards. There should be far greater regulation on this and can see it will happen at some point because it's basically a very easy way to commit fraud and get away with it.
 
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punchbowl

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Do find it "timely" he gives an interview close to Christmas. I mean, is this an attempt to get people on the good side of him because he needs some fresh inflow of cash? But has ended giving an interview, one he didn't give much thought about what he was saying. Find it odd also he should give this interview and yet fail to update the XenPorta 2 topic on XenForo at same time, which it seems they reopened on purpose same time as interview for him to do the "right thing".

Don't get why Digital Doctor is defending him for? Using his personal issues as an excuse for it. He's not the only person with issues, and that in no way excuses him from ripping 3k, or was it 5k from people?

Read that Pozible stance is one they don't get involved if the project isn't completed, what a joke. Saying it's between you giving money and the developer doing the project. A huge problem with that is how many people are going too, or can afford too bring action against a developer who does a runner with the money afterwards. There should be far greater regulation on this and can see it will happen at some point because it's basically a very easy way to commit fraud and get away with it.

How much did you invest?
 

Jake

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I didn't say you were wrong for having an opinion different mine

Yes you did.

It was an example. Much like your Pizza vs a 5,000 custom add-on thread.

Which is why I gave you a better example,
Read the first 10 pages. You have to pay to have an opinion... duh

Unless of course you aren't involved in the xenforo community, then you have more of a right to an opinion than those who are
 

Azareal

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That doesn't sound good.
And this is why you should never wait until the last minute to start work on something.
You might think that it'll be easy and you can just get it done.. But then, there will be all sorts of unexpected problems popping up.
 

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I think it's interesting that none of the XF staff developers have replied to his question, they was all online. Is he being ignored because he didn't reply in that XenPorta 2 topic staff ended up locking and advised "he did reply in it" beforehand?
 

Sheldon

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I think it's interesting that none of the XF staff developers have replied to his question, they was all online. Is he being ignored because he didn't reply in that XenPorta 2 topic staff ended up locking and advised "he did reply in it" beforehand?

There are plenty of topics in that forum that aren't answered by any of the XF team.
 

Alpha1

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I think it's interesting that none of the XF staff developers have replied to his question, they was all online. Is he being ignored because he didn't reply in that XenPorta 2 topic staff ended up locking and advised "he did reply in it" beforehand?
I read that they reached out to Jaxel in order to fix the situation, but they were ignored by him.
 
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