Support » Plugin: WordPress Importer » [Plugin: WordPress Importer] FYI: readme.txt file – Out of Date

  • I rated this plugin 5 stars and I recorded that the plugin works with the installed version of WordPress I’m using.

    The readme.txt file, associated with this plugin, only shows compatibility with WordPress, up to version 3.0 while the compatibility information displayed on the plugin directory page shows it is compatible to WordPress 3.0.4

    I’m wondering why is there no procedure in place to make sure the readme.txt file is kept up to date. There are thousands of WordPress plugins available in the plugin directory, yet only a limited few have an up do date readme.txt file.

    If you read my WordPress Plugins and the readme.txt File article, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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  • Plugin Author Jon Cave


    Since the changes in minor version of WordPress are so small (e.g. changes from 3.0.0 -> 3.0.1 -> 3.0.2, etc.) the plugin repository will sometimes automatically show plugins which mark themselves as compatible with the major version as compatible with the latest minor release.

    If the only change for a plugin would be to update the readme.txt file for compatibility then a developer might not want to annoy every user by making them upgrade just for the new readme, and so the change may only go into the plugin development version in SVN trunk (which is where the repository grabs information from AFAIK). However, this will not show up in the readme file which is included in the downloaded package.

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