I appreciate the fact that this plugin is made freely available but I find the recent injection of a link to the developer’s freelance business in the footer disappointing. Even when “disabled” it injects the link as commented html into the page output. It’s disappointing to see this breach of trust in an otherwise very useful plugin. I’d like to encourage the developer to rethink how this feature is implemented, make this behavior a clear choice and truly disable footer when the user chooses to do so.
The plugin must not embed external links on the public site (like a “powered by” link) without explicitly asking the user’s permission.
So, it is ok to have a link in the admin side, but if it adds it on the public site, it is not allowed within the repository, it would seem.
Oddly enough, Intense Debate made by Automattic also breaks these terms. Its crazy.
You can have a credit link on the public side of the site but you also have to give the site owner the means to remove it.
Not used this plugin yet, was thinking about using it on a domain mapped setup if I ever get it working 🙂 and downloaded it today (still got the issue code).
Anyway, looks like it’s easy to disable, this is what I’ll do before using it:
Change line 689 to
Will prob delete the yd_wpmuso_linkware function as it won’t be called. That is a bizzare way to disable a link, comment it out. That is so 10+ year old SEO technique to believe a HTML commented out link would still pass SEO value! They should have gone for noscript tags if they wanted it hidden, but count SEO wise. SEO amateurs 🙂
That should stop the footer link and for those with the issue of having to edit each site, no longer an issue.
You could also remove the link from the admin as well, line 662
#add_filter( ‘plugin_row_meta’, ‘yd_wpmuso_links’ , 10, 2 );
This plugin should be removed from the repository until the issue is fixed, someone who has used it should email firstname.lastname@example.org and report the problem. Since I’ve not used the plugin wouldn’t be right for me to report it.
@esmi that is not what the repository rules state. While you can have links, you must not add them “without explicitly asking the user’s permission”. Unfortunately, this plugin does not do this.
I came here today as I was sent an email saying that David Law had added a reply in which he said that you can remove the code that generates the link. What I found shocking was that the action used was “yd_wpmuso_linkware”. Linkware?
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