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  • Hi Everyone,

    I’ve been using wordpress for a little over a week and find it sooo useful and the kind community is thriving.

    However, I installed a plugin and found google ad sense code inside the plugin’s main feature thus allowing money to be made from me using this developer’s “free plugin”.

    Should I report this to wordpress or is this just something that comes with the territory.

    Just testing the waters so don’t flame the subject matter!

    All the Best,

    LD Chambers

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  • Wow, nothing? nada? Perhaps it’s the holiday thang.




    if the plugin is hosted in the extend plugins area, .. you can always let someone know. Though Ill be honest and say Im not sure how to, at this second.

    if not, then youre pretty much on your own. There is no plugin police, and “wordpress” cannot and does not _vet_ plugins anymore than what the process is for stuff getting added to the extend area.

    In other words, you are ultimately responsible for looking at what you put on your site.

    Thanks whooami for your kind response and thoughts.

    You can make a post in the plugin forum to warn people.

    If you go to the extend page for the plugin, you’ll see a link for ‘See what others are saying’ and below that ‘Got something to say? Need help? Write a new topic’ Click on ‘Write a new topic’ and remember to show your work (i.e. a code clip of where the bad code is).

    I admit, I wish there was a process for vetting plugins, but that would really feel counter to the open source-ness of WP. A way to flag plugins as inappropriate or otherwise needing review due to possible bad behavior might suffice.

    Thank you Ipstenu, your reply is as good as it gets. 🙂

    I thought there was action early this year to prevent such “commercial” activity in the Extend area of It was all the talk about how themes and plugins shouldn’t be commercial that way?

    I’d contact matt mullenweg, et al and at least send them the link to that plugin.

    I think this activity is worse in themes, which is why I NEVER use any themes I don’t build myself.


    I totally agree with the flag idea. It was posted in the Ideas section for a function for Ideas – to control the spam that seems to now appear there regularly. It would be an awesome addition to the plugins section, too, but you say, the “What Others Are Saying” comments help immensely to determine if you want to install a particular plugin BEFORE doing it. I have taken to using that as a major part of my evaluation of a plugin before installing.

    Flagging Ideas:
    Flagging Plugins:

    VOTE… it DOES make a difference

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