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Who approves plugins? (6 posts)

  1. robthecomputerguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Why is this plugin in the repository without a screenshot?

    I don't know what the rules are and if someone was supposed to enforce this or not, but I am sick and tired of wasting my time sifting through this plugin directory, which ALWAYS pulls up so many absurd results that the only choice you have is but to sort by relevance...... and then I click in and out of plugins, taking all day, and then I find one I'm willing to try and THERE'S NO SCREENSHOT.

    Unless your plugin simply cannot be pictured with a screenshot using the current default WordPress theme, UPLOAD A SCREENSHOT!!

    Where do I go to find out more about the policies of plugin review and approval and how to get any necessary policies changed?

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/st-insert-post-plugin/

  2. robthecomputerguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Bump.

    As we learned last year when malicious code made it into the WordPress plugin repository, we need to know who approves plugins...

    And there aren't any screenshots of this product on the author's website, either.

  3. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 2 years ago #

    "Why is this plugin in the repository without a screenshot?"
    There is no requirement that they have to have them.

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

    "we need to know who approves plugins..."
    Generally, I do.

  4. robthecomputerguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Alright then, people submitting plugins for download should be submitting a screenshot so we can see the facility is there. We need to embark on a process to make this mandatory, because it's customary practice.

    And, who are you?

  5. robthecomputerguy
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    The point about it being customary would be moot if I could search the directory and actually apply a useful filter, so that every search doesn't return 20,000 plugins and then sorting it becomes fruitless.

    30 seconds of the writer's time saves me 30 minutes every freaking time I have to go looking for a plugin.. and it saves bandwidth... of course searching on par with the technologies available since the turn of the century would be awesome, but in the meantime, working with what we have, screen shots need to be mandatory, because this is a ridiculous waste of time when we're looking for something new.

    Please don't write sincere or snarky replies about the ways I could go about finding out the de facto plugin to download, the point is it all takes time that if I didn't get 20,000 results for every search, we could get on with our work.

  6. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 2 years ago #

    Alright then, people submitting plugins for download should be submitting a screenshot so we can see the facility is there. We need to embark on a process to make this mandatory, because it's customary practice.

    Some plugins do not require a screenshot.
    Plugin authors can see what others do and as their writing the plugin is already something they are doing for free for anyone then imposing a condition that may not apply will just discourage people from creating plugins.
    If you are unhappy about how a plugin is presented do not use it.

    And, who are you?

    Meaning what? I have been here in these forums and involved with WordPress since version 1.0 back in 2004.

    Search is not perfect but it is improving.

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