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[resolved] Activation error and a few ideas (3 posts)

  1. tzdk
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Nice idea but during activation I get this

    "The plugin generated 3 characters of unexpected output during activation. If you notice “headers already sent” messages, problems with syndication feeds or other issues, try deactivating or removing this plugin."

    Fixed by saving file as UTF-8 without BOM. Is UTF-8 out of the box. I also removed ending tag for PHP + the blank line above that. May be that helped as well.

    I wonder if a future version would be even better if it allowed user to exclude plugins? Some red results are by design, will be red forever. I think some will be annoyed about that. Is fine non-org entries starts being red, user must actively exclude.

    Could be more of a notificaton tool I guess is what I mean. Less scanner which spit out debatable score.

    Regardless, this should be explained on page itself as to avoid people passing out or worse acting crazy seeing results. All "not enough data", "unknown" = CHECK, more than uninstall.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/plugins-security-level/

  2. Renefs
    Member
    Plugin Author

    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thank you for the feedback tzdk, I uploaded a newer version of the plugin and this error should not happen again (Don't know why It happened the first time, maybe the editor did).

    I made some changes to the plugin to make it more a "notification tool" as you suggested, I think now is clearer what the purpose of the plugin is.

    Hope you like it more now :)

  3. tzdk
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Yes much better.

    May be a good idea to make number of plugins listed on 1 page optional - or increase from 10 to 25?

    Last column "compatible versions" should list "If the plugin is compatible with the WordPress version you are using." but output is a bit weird. Like

    1.1.0 - 1.1.1 - 1.1.2 - 1.2.0 - 1.2.1 - 1.3.0
    Can not determine compatible versions.

    Always say "Can not determine compatible versions." - regardless if there are any or not.

    May be I misunderstand column but I would expect it to show direct info from .org entry, "Compatible up to 3.5.1" or just "3.5.1". If plugin then put WordPress version number at the top, for those who use this type plugin and have no clue what WordPress version they have... + made any non-matching entry RED it would be more useful? If I am on WordPress 3.5.1 and X plugin is only compatible up to 3.4.2 there should be a warning - or notification.

    Is a bit tricky as old plugins can be ok and some devs. dont care for that number. I have a dream of .org site automatically placing all plugins not compatible with latest WordPress in an "archive" repository. Or somehow keep them out of std. search/lists. You will see devs. suddenly getting very interested in keeping up :) Also easier to separate/ignore plugins that seem alive because not THAT old, but really are dying as dev. have left the building long ago.

    Another thing. For any non-org entry it says "An unexpected error occured" in all columns. Correct from view point of plugin code but seem a bit dramatic? "No info available" would do. Since plugin can only check .org plugins why even try checking the rest? Will give error again and again, is 100% expected. But may be not possible to separate .org from non-org before running the check?

    If you simply removed all non-org entries I think I would nod.

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