Develop forces users to pay for the plugin after offering the plugin as free
So what? Use a different plugin or write your own.
It’s early for me and I’ll try to be concise and direct. I’ll probably fail too.
Why do you or anyone believe that anyone is obligated to write code and support that code for you and never change it? What agreement or obligation do you believe forces anyone to write code as you want and be compelled against their wishes to continue to do or make them support that?
No such agreement or requirement exists here. No such requirement is needed, desired or will ever happen.
No one is compelled to write code for you. If you and a million people find a plugin useful and the developer decides to removed some functionality in new versions and put it into a “paid” or “pro” version then that’s up to them.
What About the Automatic Plugin Updates?
I’m trying to anticipate the replies.
The automatic WordPress updates and that includes themes and plugins was designed for the scenario of “WOW, this needs to be fixed NOW” and it also applies to security updates as well.
Generally that works well. But as you have seen, when an architectural change happens then it is a breaking change.
Perhaps major number updated to plugins and themes should be manually updated and not automatic. That may make a good ticket for a WordPress core change.
A plugin made a breaking change and that was unfortunate. Possibly not nice either. That does not mean the auto updater is broken but, yeah, this scenario should be considered for a WordPress core change. It’s not really an issue with the plugin exactly.
But What Can Users Do?
Vote with your feet. Get a new plugin. Leave a factual review.
But there are some things to remember for behavior in the forums.
- Do leave a plugin review.
Make it factual and disparate. Keep it to the facts, how you liked the plugin, what happened and why you are not satisfied anymore. No name calling, no accusations, no attacks. Breath and write factually. That plugin change should lead to reviews.
- Do not use a plugin review for support.
A review that is used to extort a result gets archived when found. Feedback is good. Feedback of “fix it or the review gets it” is bad.
- Do not brigrade.
What that means is do not go to review and topics and post negativity and unhelpful comments. Those will get archived and the accounts will be flagged for moderation. Keep it positive and help your fellow humans.
- Do not troll.
If your reply to “help” or leave a review is to post about alternatives in that plugin’s support or review section with “Use Plugin X! It-” then don’t. That plugin support and review section is for that plugin only. Do not post a blog post on this site either. These are support forums and you can blog on your own site. We support some great software to do that.
*Reads. Has more coffee.*
That was not concise at all.
This reply was modified 1 year, 2 months ago by Jan Dembowski. Reason: Grammar and spelling