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  • Resolved Chris


    If I search for a tag in the plugin directory, the results seem to be sorted by the number of active installations. Among the top results are always plugins that are marked compatible with WordPress 2.x.x or 3.x.x – which is quite old considering that we have already 5.0.3. These plugins are only popular because they are already available a long, long time.

    I think it is not a good idea to highlight plugins that are not actively maintained for so long. 2.6.2, for example, was over 10 years ago! Apart from issues around compatibility, I think that authors who keep their plugins up-to-date should be rewarded with a more competitive position.

    Plugins that are behind more than one major release (1.x.x) could be sorted to the bottom.

    (I don’t know who is in charge of the search query – please escalate to them if necessary. Thanks!)

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  • Moderator Jan Dembowski


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    (I donโ€™t know who is in charge of the search query โ€“ please escalate to them if necessary. Thanks!)

    tl;dr Search here is awful. It’s not an easy problem to fix or it would have been fixed years ago. And I’m not sure this is a problem.

    Old plugins, especially trivial one task ones, often work and fit the bill perfectly. Not updated doesn’t necessarily mean it wont work or there’s an issue with that plugin. That’s part of why they may come up for specific searches here.

    This one for example from that page.

    With comments and blank lines it’s 200 lines long in PHP. I just installed it on my test setup running 5.0.3 and there’s no issues. It hasn’t been touched in 3 years.

    The good news is that the plugin search in your own dashboard won’t show plugins like that. I had to download it and install from a file.

    Edit: Yes, you’re talking about sort order and I did read that. Search here remains awful. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 1 week ago by Jan Dembowski.

    Thanks for your reply!

    I think that if a plugin still works, the author should take those 5 minutes time to update the “Tested up to:” line. I cannot imagine that an author who doesn’t spend those 5 minutes can be able to provide support.

    I also understand that abandoned plugins often work, but so do plugins where authors actively invest their time – and that are listed somewhere on page 2 or 3. Also WordPress 2.x still works, but still we are promoting the latest version. I think that this is a core philosophy of software development that we encourage active maintenance.

    This was just to reply to the “old but still working” argument. I would really be happy if one day the sort order could be adjusted.

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