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[resolved] [closed] How to report a plugin for the violation of Plugin Developer guidelines? (10 posts)

  1. mayuxi
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello!

    I'm curious if there is any way to report plugin for deletion from plugin repository? We have a few threads on this topic in AdRotate support forum:

    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/what-a-kick-in-the-teeth/page/2?replies=36
    http://wordpress.org/support/topic/adrotate-free-will-be-crippled

    So basically our point is (written by Daedalon):

    A quote from http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/about/guidelines/ that this plugin change appears to violate (emphasis mine):

    5. Trialware is not allowed in the repository. It's perfectly fine to attempt to upsell the user on other products and features, but a) not in an annoying manner and b) not by disabling functionality after some time period. Similarly, you cannot "cripple" functionality in the plugin and then ask for payment or provide a code to unlock the functionality. All code hosted by WordPress.org servers must be free and fully-functional. If you want to sell advanced features for a plugin (such as a "pro" version), then you must sell and serve that code from your own site, we will not host it on our servers.

  2. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I'm not 100% convinced that the plugin's author is violating the guidelines given that the free version is still usable as evidenced by http://www.adrotateplugin.com/features/ and, according to the plugin's developer, none of the omitted pro features cripple the free version of the plugin.

    If the plugin's author has moved some features to the commercial version of the plugin, that is not a violation of point (b) ("disabling functionality after some time period") which, as far I understand it, refers to software that allows access to specific functionality for (say) 30 days.

    However, if you wish to take this further, then I would suggest that you email plugins [at] wordpress.org with all of the relevant details.

  3. mayuxi
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    OK, thanks for the reply.

    Here is discussion about which features has been removed from free version, and now only available in PRO-version without any warning/notice from plugin's author.

    - the ability to batch renew ads is gone
    - you can no longer set priorities for ads
    - Fallback groups have been removed

    and more.

  4. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    I did read all of the topics you mentioned in your original post above before replying and I'm still not convinced that the plugin's developer has broken any guidelines. Whether I, personally, agree with the changes is another matter entirely. :-)

    However, a plugin author is at liberty to remove functionality from the free version of the plugin at any time as long as the final free version is still functional. This one, as far as I can see, is. It may no longer have all the bells and whistles that it previously had but it's still usable "as is".

  5. Daedalon
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for looking into this, Esmi!

  6. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    As I said, I could be wrong. Please feel free to email plugins [at] wordpress.org about this.

  7. Samuel Wood (Otto)
    Tech Ninja
    Posted 1 year ago #

    @mayuxi: That sort of thing doesn't violate our guidelines. If he wants to remove features and put them in a pro version, that's his call.

    The guidelines specifically prohibit:

    - Trialware, as in features being in the free version that self-disable after a time period, and

    - Unlock codes, such as having features in the free version, hosted on our servers, which you must pay to unlock. Having a feature removed and moved to a pay version does not fit this description.

  8. mayuxi
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Thanks for explanations!

  9. jp2112
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

  10. esmi
    Forum Moderator
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Please email plugins [at] wordpress.org with all of the relevant details.

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