I'm sure I'm not alone in this, but i think it's time WordPress starts to separate plugins a bit further.
It's annoying crawling through all the plugins to find one that " might " suit your needs, and usually, when you find one that seems to fit your EXACT need. It turns out to be GIMPWARE.
What is gimpware you ask.. It's where a developer of a plugin, or software intentionally makes it less useful in the hopes a user will buy the missing or " gimped " functionality.
How would you feel if someone gave you a free car.. only to find out you have to pay for the doors, seats, tires, engine, windscreen, mirrors, turn-signals, and seat-belts separately, at 5times a reasonable price. Or worse.. you had to pay for each of these bits monthly.
That is what these new plugin developers are doing. They are senging out Gimped versions, wordpress is hosting them for free.. and they get all the money. Seems like a bad deal for WP, and it's users.
Some of the worse offenders are people like WMPUDev, with their myriad encrypted plugins that are gimped, and nag the user all the time.
There's no sane reason for wordpress to keep this going. It costs WP bandwidth by hosting their plugins for them, but doesn't get wordpress any funds.
Here's the proposal.
Normal opensource, free, non-gimped plugins goes onto the plugins page under category:
FREE - No strings attached, free to distribute / edit etc
OPENSOURCE - has GPL or other opensource license, and isn't gimped.
Licensed - Free, but has license for branding removal (otherwise fully funcitonal)
Payed / gimpled plugins go on a totally seperate page, using categories such as:
Subscription - monthly fee to use full version
Teired - you pay for each bit of functionality
commercial - one time payment for ungimped version
Free - Doesn't cost the user anything
Any plugin that isn't gimped, limited, or otherwise hobbled unless paying extra goes in this area of the site.
Commercial - Costs user money.
If the plugin has any sort of paid " premium " "extension" or otherwise paid-for-usability goes in this area.
I'm sorry but just because you hand out an almost useless plugin for free so you can sell all the " bits " that make it work as it should have from get go, doesn't mean your plugin is free.. it's GIMPWARE.