WordPress.org plugins page should warn about older compatibilities.
When searching WordPress.org for plugins, I keep coming across plugins that are compatible up to version 2.3 (current today is 2.8.5)
I'm all for them staying in the database for others to gather ideas from, and use on older installs, but 2.3 is REALLY old, and has security bugs.
I propose that there be a gentle warning that stands out as a warning if it's only compatible up to version 2.6 (or whatever)
Nothing annoying, but something to encourage people to really stay on top of updates, and let them know that the plugin isn't new, and might not even work on a newer system.
It does warn you if you are adding a New Plugin via the Plugins Add New Plugin page...
If not tested for your version, it will say so in a box at the top of the page when you click Install.
I agree with this as it should be displayed in the search results list not just have to click the plug-in link to see the details and find out.
Simply add another column with compatibility up to and make it sortable.
Plugins that haven't been updated in that amount of time should be deleted from the site, as chances are they don't work anyway or have been superseded by a better plugin.
The compatibility notices are not always correct though, since if a plugin continues to work, the author might not update the text file listing the compatible version. We are working on a community voting system to try and supplement this info.
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