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  • Cronka


    Hello, there,
    so I think you should sort out the official plugin page of WordPress – namely, delete all plugins that are no longer supported or supported by the plugin programmers and are older than 1 year. I’ve had a problem for some time, and landed my website on the Google Blacklist. It was a plugin that is no longer supported. Don’t think it’s okay that website operators have to suffer because older plugins aren’t removed.


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  • Joy


    The repository is there regardless of what version of WordPress you are running.
    Plugin authors can contribute plugins, and then go do something else. They are not bound to their code.
    The Plugin search already doesn’t show you plugins older than 2 years, and is weighted to account for active installs and 5 star reviews. There is a lot of good code that doesn’t show because of its age, but it still works just fine.

    Even if all the older plugins were deleted, you could install it a day before deletion and not know that it was deleted.

    The WordPress team reviews initial plugin uploads, but not every upload. There is never a guarantee that any plugins will work or that you should use any of them.



    There’s also a lot of cases where plugins haven’t been updated for years because they don’t need to be. I regularly use one that hasn’t been updated for over 5 years. I use it because it’s small, simple and fixes a problem that I need. It hasn’t been updated because nothing has changed to alter the way that it needs to work, so updating it not warranted.

    I do understand that this is not the same for every plugin, but that’s a very good example of why what you’re proposing isn’t the best idea in every situation.

    Thread Starter Cronka


    Yes, since you’re also right. But this plugin here:

    It’s definitely too old. I assure you that the next one that uses this plugin will be on the Google Blacklist. So it came to me!

    Because then there are people who might have a lot of fun.

    It’s also true that plugins older than 2 years are no longer in the search index. But also keep in mind that the search engine bots search the whole site.


    • This reply was modified 4 years ago by Cronka.
    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)


    🏳️‍🌈 Plugin Review Team Rep

    Hi, I’m the current rep for the plugin team.

    We don’t delete plugins unless we HAVE to and the current criteria are:

    * The developer’s email doesn’t work
    * The plugin is insecure
    * The developer and plugin don’t comply with our guidelines

    That’s pretty much it.

    If we were to close them, new developers would not be able to download and learn from them, fork them, or adopt them. They’re marked as being old, as you can see by the header warning:

    This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

    We email developers for every major release of WordPress (and some minor) so we have a pretty good bead on who’s email is still working. Usually we close a few hundred a year due to people asking us following those emails, and this year I’m till working through over 1000 bounces and sorting out what happened there.

    We absolutely do close old plugins, but not unless there’s a GOOD reason.

    If you see a plugin that’s insecure, please review this:

    We appreciate all reports 🙂

    Thread Starter Cronka


    ok, thank you!


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