I have also experienced some oddness with waiting for WordPress approval for plugins... I submitted my plugin to WordPress/extend/plugins/add/ over a week ago and heard nothing... I started wondering if they just needed more information, so i resubmitted the plugin as [my-plugin-name]-re-requested with a detailed account of what the plugin was about along with a note that I was re-requesting it.
Later that day, /extend/plugins/add/ showed that my plugin had been accepted and I should receive an email within an hour... a day later and no email... so I rechecked /extend/plugins/add/ and saw that the plugins had resorted back to waiting approval... but thats not all, my extend profile page started showing mySQL errors (which I then promptly reported).
3 days later, I get an email saying:
Your plugin hosting request has been aproved.
Within one hour, you will have access to your SVN repository
Unfortunately, this was for the [my-plugin-name]-re-requested (do they not read the description of my plugin (required))?
So feeling very disheartened at this point, I attempted to access the SVN repository... It does not exist (7 hours later) and my pending requests for plugins have now dissapeared.
I have always liked WordPress and currently use it as a backend for 10 sites, this whole process has left me feeling quite left out of the so called WordPress community!
I think WordPress should make a better effort to email the plugin submitters as their current seemingly underhanded approach disheartens new coders and more mature coders alike.
As a mature coder, I feel as if I have been shunned and it now feels quite pointless continuing any work on my project (of which there are currently 2 developers).
I would definitely feel more positive if at least I had an email stating:
"We appreciate your efforts but unfortunately are unable to host your plugin, please feel free to host the plugin on your own site - maybe try again with any other plugin ideas you have soon. keep up the good work!"
But I guess never knowing is currently the preferred method!!