On June 1st, I will start working for b5media Inc, a blog network running WordPress (read more here). Early on in the discussions for this position, I put my foot down on this point: I wasn’t interested in taking the job if b5media was going to use me to influence the WordPress project in ways that would be bad for the community. I wanted to retain complete independence with regard to my WordPress contributions. They were surprised that we were even talking about it — “that goes without saying!” I figured it did, but I had to be sure. And now, I want you to be sure.
My contributions to WordPress will continue to be made using my independent judgement. All changes that b5media wants to go into WordPress will have to go through the proper channels, as they always have. They won’t get any special consideration. If it’s not right for WordPress, it won’t go in.
And here it is, from the CEO’s mouth.