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  • Resolved Pete

    (@perthmetro)


    I like to think the 5 star rating system is true. I don’t like and can’t see the point in allowing the plugin author to rate their own plugins. Seeing all the latest plugins with a 5 star rating really diminishes the rating system… to a degree. I can’t see any harm (i’d love to hear if there is) in not allowing authors to rate their own plugins.

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  • Moderator cubecolour

    (@numeeja)

    My opinion is that the current system is fine and there is no problem in allowing plugin authors to rate their own plugins. If people behave like adults it does not diminish the ratings system at all. If a plugin only has a single review this is unlikely to be as useful as when there are several reviews and a trend can be seen.

    If the author doesn’t think the plugin is any good they can always give it a bad rating. When you read their review you can clearly see that their account is flagged as ‘author’ alongside their gravatar.

    The vast majority of plugin authors are well behaved and don’t use this privilege to attempt to game the system. They can use their own review to provide some additional information about the plugin, or an example of how they are personally using it.

    What is not allowed is ‘sock puppet’ accounts where people create additional accounts and leave reviews pretending to be from normal users. These are always dealt with by the moderation team when discovered.

    Pete

    (@perthmetro)

    Your reasoning had an element of reasonableness in it until I came across this part…

    If the author doesn’t think the plugin is any good they can always give it a bad rating.

    Moderator cubecolour

    (@numeeja)

    What’s so unreasonable about that? The option is there even if it seems unlikely that you’ll ever see an author leaving a poor review of their own work.

    Pete

    (@perthmetro)

    You’re making it worse… stop now!

    What’s so unreasonable about that?

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    Wait. What? I agree with cubecolour.

    I can’t see any harm (i’d love to hear if there is) in not allowing authors to rate their own plugins.

    Author for plugins or themes can leave a review. Why not? Why restrict them from commenting positively on their own work? Singling them and excluding them from reviewing their own work seems punitive.

    When a plugin author or plugin contributor do that then they get a Green Bar OF GREATNESS™ (you know, author or contributor) that tells everyone it’s them.

    If I published a plugin then I certainly would give it a 4 or maybe a 3. Who else would know the deficiencies better? 😉

    Pete

    (@perthmetro)

    Can anyone show me where a plugin author, or better yet enough plugin authorS (to the level of making your argument substantiated) has voted their plugin less than 5 stars?

    The ‘point’ in a star rating system is for users to see what the community thinks of the plugin… the author is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a fair representation. Lots of plugins have very few ratings, especially when they are new, so an author’s 5 star skews the current rating unfairly. To me it looks silly (and diminishes the validity) searching for plugins via my website and seeing all of them with 5 stars! Oh please! It’s actually a little sad, I use, play with and look at a lot of plugins (especially new ones) and I’ve learned to completely disregard the star rating system, especially via my website’s add new plugin search feature.

    A single rating by a user has infinitely more worth than an author’s rating.

    If an author thinks their plugin is the best thing since sliced bread then they have a a whole description page to tell us… leave the stars for the users.

    Moderator Ipstenu (Mika Epstein)

    (@ipstenu)

    🏳️‍🌈 Plugin Review Team Rep

    My opinion: Stop reviewing your own plugins. It’s silly.

    If you know there are issues, put ’em in the Readme. I would love it if authors could only reply to reviews.

    Mind you, I also think authors should act like grownups when they get a BAD review, handle it with maturity and respect, and not devolve into petty arguments. I’m totally unreasonable.

    Pete

    (@perthmetro)

    I still think authors reviewing their own plugins is stupid.

    Quick someone close this thread before I start waffling on again.

    Moderator Jan Dembowski

    (@jdembowski)

    Forum Moderator and Brute Squad

    *Checks… Oh. It’s Pete’s thread. OK then.*

    Closing topic. 😉

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