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wordpress must be regulated

  1. tweetlikefollow
    Member

    I have wasted so much time loading plugins that, after an hour or more of trying, I realize they don't work. This has happened over and over again. There are also plugins that I am sure would work fine, but I can't figure out how to use them and there are no directions to be found anywhere and no support.

    I would like to see good instructions for all plugins to be mandatory. I would like them to be tested before they are live, so we can be sure that they work.

    I would also like to see mandatory free phone support for all plugins. They are making enough money off the paid versions, they can do it.

    All plugins should be clear about what they do for free and how much it costs to get to full version. Sometimes they hide this information. Sometimes I feel baited. THIS IS UNETHICAL. WordPress should be a scam free environment. It is not.

    Posted: 1 year ago #
  2. ram108
    Member

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    agree

    Posted: 1 year ago #
  3. lovingboth
    Member

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    The possible interactions between plugins are so enormous in number that the level of testing you want is impossible.

    Instead, look at the information provided, and use your judgement. If it doesn't work, post in the support forum, including details of your setup.

    And consider learning some PHP so you can see why it doesn't work.

    For the secondary point - that commercial services should be open about their costs - I agree.

    Posted: 1 year ago #
  4. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Administrator

    While many of your suggestions are reasonable, one is not.

    I would also like to see mandatory free phone support for all plugins. They are making enough money off the paid versions, they can do it.

    That's totally unreasonable. The vast majority of plugins are free. You will never get free phone support from a plugin written and supported by one person. That's totally out of the question.

    This however we are very much trying to do:

    All plugins should be clear about what they do for free and how much it costs to get to full version.

    Any plugin submitted to the repository here is asked to do that.

    Posted: 1 year ago #
  5. I would settle for no phone support for free plugins if there was good clear instructions for it. I don't think asking is enough. Good directions should be a requirement.

    Time is money. I don't know how many times I have installed a plugin to find that the directions are not clear or there are none at all.

    Maybe the problem is that these plugins are not being reported. I bet if every plugin was reported that has no or poor directions, you would see the problem.

    Posted: 1 year ago #
  6. Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)
    Administrator

    I think the problem here is your expectation of what the repository should be, and what it really is, are in conflict.

    What the repository is, is a place for anyone (from newbie to amateur to expert) to host free code for use with WordPress.

    That's it.

    Time is money. I don't know how many times I have installed a plugin to find that the directions are not clear or there are none at all.

    So ... why are you not reading the repository documentation before you install? If you feel that is lacking, I promise you, the internal docs will be worse. Check the dev's website. If they don't link, or it looks bad, don't use it. Do the research before you install :)

    Oh and please don't email/report every plugin with poor documentaion. Report ones that break the guidelines:

    http://wordpress.org/plugins/about/
    http://wordpress.org/plugins/about/guidelines/

    And if it's just that you didn't like the plugin, leave a review with constructive criticism so they can improve. But tell THEM what's wrong. They need to know :)

    Posted: 1 year ago #
  7. You are right. I have evaluated the problem and I know exactly what it is now. I will just accept the plugins for what they are.

    By the way, I don't allow people to speak to me the way you are writing. I will bow out of this conversation now.

    Please don't try to contact me again.

    Dennis Replogle

    Posted: 1 year ago #

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