In the wake of MyPillow CEO and pro-Trump conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell‘s launch of his new social media site FRANK, coding experts are saying that the platform was doomed to fail because his developers failed to take “elementary” coding steps to stop outside attacks, Salon reports.
As Salon points out, the site has crashed numerous times since its launch last Thursday.
The ridicule is reportedly coming from a community of “grandmasters” around the content management software Drupal. One “Acquia Certified Drupal Grand Master” told Salon that Lindell’s site was doomed from the beginning because its developers failed to carry out basic “Drupal 101” tasks.
“Drupal can power high powerful websites, sites with lots of traffic,” one coder told Salon, adding that it isn’t the right software to build a social media site with because it can’t handle large amounts of content. “Lindell’s website was basically trying to make soup for scratch for everybody.”
“In my professional opinion, it will be extremely unlikely, if not impossible, for Lindell to accomplish his vision with Drupal and his own servers,” the expert told Salon. “Despite how much I love it, Drupal simply isn’t the right tool for the number of users with the features that he wants to provide. It would take a massive effort of 12 to 18 months to build out the needed hosting setup and application architecture, and this would come with an enormous degree of risk. The idea that he could do this in just a couple of months is patently absurd, and I think the results speak for themselves.”
Another coder told Salon that the site was launched “while it was still in development mode.”
“Their files were not aggregated, and by the way, that’s a check box in Drupal — you literally check a box and click save, My jaw dropped when I saw that. I was like, ‘They did not try to launch this thing without aggregation turned on!'” the coder said.
“This is a sh** show,” the expert added.
“One expert concluded that, based on the evidence, Lindell’s developer team was inexperienced and lacked basic knowledge, and described the output of the pillow magnate’s alleged 10-person staff as ‘not even student work,'” Salon reported.