> you don't have a database to parse by
We don’t need one, you do; and you already have one.
He is not talking about sorting installed plugins. When you want to add a plugin, you perform a search. The results are unsorted which isn’t very helpful. We need a way of sorting by rating, version, # downloads, timestamp, etc.
Frankly, I am surprised that the results can’t already be sorted since sorting is an integral part of any list of any kind and is simple enough to implement.
> Sadly you can't know at a glance, not even with 50k downloads and ratings.
If you are talking specifically about comparing a 6-rating 100% plugin to a 5000-rating 90%, that’s not what is being asked. He is asking that the results be sortable at all. Then we can figure out the details ourselves, but without any kind of sorting ability, the task becomes infinitely more difficult.
(I found my way here because I was just trying to find a plugin to do something specific. I entered a search term and got a list of unsorted results. I clicked the Popular link above the search field, thinking that it would sort the results by their popularity, but I ended up on some other page that listed random, unrelated plugins that were “popular”.)