Attributing contribution Authors when WordPress morphs Plugins
Howdy! I’m digging deeper into WordPress and enjoying the challenge very much. Right now I’m picking apart the WP_Widget Class and looking at various core files to see the code and such. One line leaped out to me and actually disturbed me so I came here looking for some clarification. In the wp-includes/widget.php file the second paragraph reads:
This functionality was found in a plugin before WordPress 2.2 release which included it in the core from that point on.
Now I don’t know how the WordPress community attributes works to it’s contributors and supporters but I would think that this would be a perfect place to give the author a mention. I don’t know if the original plugin had a license assigned to it but from what I’ve seen most every piece of software has some type of attribution clause attached. Even if the plugin had no attribution clause I think this would be a good place for an honorable mention anyway. Now I’m not trying to stir the pudding here but if I ever write a plugin and I hope to someday and WordPress morphs that plugin into the core I would hope to have some attribution statement. Hell it might throw some work toward that person. I’m looking for thoughts about this. If you have any or maybe I’ve missed out on a community board where those things are posted. Have Fun!
One line leaped out to me and actually disturbed me so I came here looking for some clarification.
I think you could be misinterpreting what you are reading. If I remember correctly, widget-ready themes in WordPress versions prior to release 2.2 required a WordPress plugin to activate that feature. I think the WordPress Widgets plugin referenced was actually a product of Automatic ( Matt Mullenweg ).
“If you are running WordPress 2.2 or later, you do not need to install the Widgets plugin. Widgets are now part of WordPress core.”
See also: Version 2.2 Release Notes
see:” Widgets (no longer a plugin but available under Presentation tab”
Thanks for that line of attribution. That is what I think should have been in the introduction of the file wp-includes/widgets.php version 2.9 that I am using. That is my point. That line of attribution is not in that file. I’m not misinterpreting. It’s just a blanket statement in that file. I’m just saying it would be nice to have an attribution similar to what you put in your reply
WordPress Widgets plugin referenced was actually a product of Automatic ( Matt Mullenweg )
. For example it might read something like this if appropriate attribution was to be given to the contributors of WordPress.
This functionality was found in a plugin(a product of the Automatic theme(by: Matt Mullenweg ) before WordPress 2.2 release which included it in the core from that point on.
Now isn’t that better and more appropriate if one is to address the matter of attribution correctly? If members of the WordPress community build upon a work previously released by someone they generally give a line of attribution. I was just wondering why the WordPress Group didn’t/don’t follow the same practice.
Now isn’t that better and more appropriate if one is to address the matter of attribution correctly
I understand what you are saying, and I agree with the premise. However, in this case, I don’t think you are seeing the whole picture yet.
Matt Mullenweg is the founder of WordPress/Automatic.
In this case, why would there need to be a line of attribution placed in the core files if they decided to integrate a plugin they developed for use with their own product?
I’m not misinterpreting. It’s just a blanket statement in that file.
This should dispel any doubts. From the original plugin file used prior to 2.2.
Plugin Name: Sidebar Widgets
Plugin URI: http://svn.wp-plugins.org/widgets/trunk
Description: Adds “Sidebar Widgets” panel under Presentation menu
Author: Automattic, Inc.
Author URI: http://automattic.com/
Now that’s funny. I gotcha. Thanks for the clarification. I thought that name sounded familiar. Guess I should become more familiar with the people and not just the code.
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