I'm all for a few plugins but here's a few issues I feel really impact the userfriendlyness of WP
1. a few plugins ok but what are we suppose to do enable 10,0000 plugins to do what really should be built-into wordpress ? It's nonsense, come on, so many simple functions should not need a plugin, the developers of WP either lack common sense or really are not thinking about the big picture, many of the plugins i look for I feel should already be built in to WP, i think especially if people are using the same plugins for the same uses WP should really consider making it part of the core, seeing all the requests in the forums, i wonder does anyone at wp ever listen to the users ?
2. many plugins are no longer being developed and/or are never compatible with the latest WP updates. The only WP version that ever really matters is the latest update, this only makes it more difficult for wp users, how much time is wasted trying to get plugins to work that really should no longer be on the plugin list, with the amount of time one spends on getting their site working like a real site should, they may as well have spent $500 to get a fully integrated CMS/Blog software to do the job. Compare time spent in getting all the features you want with shelling out a few hundred dollars which is really the value ?
3. i understand that third party plugins are not WP's problem but seriously, nobody should create a plugin and not suport it for the latest WP, it's just common sense, many plugins should be combined into one and many plugins should simply be part of the WP core period.
i know this sounds negative but I do believe WP rocks, it just hasn't really changed much since it was created a few tweaks and some eye candy but the core functions are lacking and just how many plugins will one have to find and enable to have a site worthy of cm standards, 20 plugins are too GD many he he
It's all good though, WP is open source, this doesn't mean the functions have to be open source quality. I just hope WP evolves to something more capable without so many plugins,
It would be cool to see a survey on the number of plugins people use, that would be interesting.