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  • Resolved Bryan Hadaway

    (@bhadaway)


    Hello,

    I’m curious, is there anything here in the forums or elsewhere where people are suggesting new plugins and perhaps even voting on the most popular ideas?

    In other words, for my next plugin, I would really like to try and find a feature/problem that’s been in high-demand for a long time and solve it with a new plugin.

    Thanks

    • This topic was modified 2 weeks, 1 day ago by Jan Dembowski. Reason: Moved to Everything else WordPress, this is not a Requests and Feedback topic
    • This topic was modified 2 weeks, 1 day ago by Jan Dembowski. Reason: Moved back to Requests and Feedback after more coffee
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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    I’m curious, is there anything here in the forums or elsewhere where people are suggesting new plugins and perhaps even voting on the most popular ideas?

    I hope not. That’s been a source of spam and much more spam. And more spam after that.

    *Drinks much coffee*

    There is a (hopefully it will die soon and I’ve been saying that for years) Ideas forum on another wordpress.org site but except for a few people who look at it to zap spammers it does not serve any purpose.

    When someone or enough people have a problem then someone will make a plugin if there’s enough demand. That’s how the 56k+ published plugins on this site came to be. Having a site or section for voting up ideas would become spammy and has before. It would also let people gamify things to try and build their market.

    The moderators on this site develop a face tick when they read “gamify” and I’m sorry to anyone else reading this who does.

    *More coffee*

    These forums are very targeted at support. If you’ve an idea or problem you want to solve then please go for it and submit that plugin. But no one should use this site for anything like market research. That’s just not what this place is for.

    Why would it cause spam?

    Is it because people would suggest:

    “How about a plugin that does XYZ?”

    And then that is like chumming the water for people to self-promote?:

    “I have a plugin that already does XYZ! Buy it here: $$$!!!”

    I totally forgot about https://wordpress.org/ideas/. That’s probably as close as it gets to what I’m looking for.

    When someone or enough people have a problem then someone will make a plugin if there’s enough demand. That’s how the 56k+ published plugins on this site came to be.

    Well, yes and no. That’s pretty much how half of my plugins came to be already. For example, I solved a problem for one of my own projects with:

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/contributor-notifications/

    That wasn’t being done or done in a way I liked, so I created my own solution. I thought it was going to be pretty useful to others too. However, it’s pretty niche and that plugin will probably only be useful to a handful of people, which I’m perfectly fine with.

    However, I like making stuff and I like helping out; it’s fun, but I’m kinda bored and would like to contribute something more worthwhile. I’ve got time on my hands, so I’m trying to get some insight into the aforementioned “demand” so I can make a productive contribution rather than just guessing or solving obscure problems.

    Based on https://wordpress.org/ideas/view/top-rated, there appears to be quite a bit of demand for tags and cats for images, but looks like that’s pretty much been solved already?:

    https://wordpress.org/plugins/categories-images/

    I’m sure just about every worthwhile feature imaginable has already been solved, but I was just curious if there was anything left for me to work on.

    And I realize that you’re down in the trenches everyday so I should probably just take your word for it and move on. I also realize that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, but that’s all I’ve got.

    Thanks

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    Is it because people would suggest:

    “How about a plugin that does XYZ?”

    And then that is like chumming the water for people to self-promote?:

    “I have a plugin that already does XYZ! Buy it here: $$$!!!”

    I am always happy when someone gets me 100% correctly. 😉

    Yes, it’s happened and it will happen again. Probably soon.

    The original poster asked a perfectly reasonable question…

    In other words, for my next plugin, I would really like to try and find a feature/problem that’s been in high-demand for a long time and solve it with a new plugin.

    As best I can tell, the original poster made no attempt to sell anybody anything. The mods should butt out of the thread until such time as that happens. Here’s why…

    I believe I might have a pretty good answer to the poster’s question. If that is true, the resulting product could be of great service to me, and many others. But we can’t discuss that possibility on this forum. Here’s why…

    The mods are volunteers. They’re burned out, and apparently pissed off as a result. And so they invade thread after thread after thread to share their emotional frustrations. Here’s proof. The mods could have simply deleted this thread if in their judgment it is not useful. But instead, they hijacked the thread (yet again!) and used it to express their spam burnout, for about the thousandth time.

    There’s a solution. If the mods are burned out on human beings, I can totally relate to that. Really, I can. So stop being a mod. Retiring mods will either be replaced by fresh faces, or the forum will collapse. Either would be an improvement over the status quo.

    I came to this forum to read about WordPress solutions. Not about the mod’s emotional frustrations. If you just have to rant about spam, could you perhaps create a new category on the forum and limit your spam rants to that section?

    Thanks for listening.

    Actually, someone else already commented to defend me and criticize the mods and I took the time to thoughtfully go out of my way to defend the mods, since I understand both sides of it, but all those comments were deleted.

    In fact, any new comment added after this comment:

    https://wordpress.org/support/topic/most-requested-plugins/#post-12807895

    Just keeps getting deleted. And WordPress is VERY strict about their no-delete policy, so if we’re gonna just keep censoring and modifying this thread, I agree, let’s just delete the whole thing and call it a day.

    Thanks

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