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  • Shield now spams the plugin manageement screen with prefilled in five star review button via a URL shortener. Dirty, dirty work.

    I.e. https://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/plugins.php

    I like and use Shield but Paul is getting more and more underhanded and sleazy in his marketing efforts (this is WPMUdev, Yoast, WPbeginner style spam). Our whole ecosystem is deteriorating due to poor standards and poor enforcement of what standards we have.

    Paul you can do better than this.

    • This topic was modified 7 months, 1 week ago by  FolioVision.
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  • Plugin Author Paul

    (@paultgoodchild)

    URL shortener is dirty work? lol?

    You should read this and try to get some perspective:
    http://zenhabits.net/meditation-guide/

    If you want to leave feedback for me in a mature, constructive manner, I’m all ears. Otherwise, I have little time though for the likes of that vitriol.

    Shield now spams the plugin manageement screen with prefilled in five star review button via a URL shortener. Dirty, dirty work.

    I.e. https://www.yourdomain.com/wp-admin/plugins.php

    I like and use Shield but Paul is getting more and more underhanded and sleazy in his marketing efforts (this is WPMUdev, Yoast, WPbeginner style spam). Our whole ecosystem is deteriorating due to poor standards and poor enforcement of what standards we have.

    Paul you can do better than this.

    Moderator Andrew Nevins

    (@anevins)

    Forum moderator

    Let’s try to leave out the personal remarks please (to both).

    Andrew, it’s not personal. Paul’s plugin is violating the WordPress plugin guidelines by actively attempting to game five star ratings (pre-filled form). On top of that the URL is hidden by a link shortener which means that Paul is tracking users without permission.

    Here’s the language there:

    5✩ Rate This Plugin

    This is the tracking link provided: http://icwp.io/wpsf29

    In addition, Shield is now pushing an admin dialogue for every single admin user demanding that they rate his plugin. Here is the language at the top of the screen.

    I’d rather not show this support / I’ve done this already 😀

    Clearly this is not appropriate for an admin notice. It’s just spamvertising. Screenshot are available.

    I’m astonished as previously Paul focused on the quality of his software and user experience. The general deterioration of the guidelines and of the open source nature of WordPress is difficult to watch. It’s particularly disenheartening when it’s a good developer going bad. One doesn’t expect much of Corey Miller or James Farmer or Syed Balkhi or Joost de Valk. That crowd set out to exploit WordPress from the beginning as a cash cow. Yet when we lose our good developers like Paul to the same kind of slippery practices, it’s clear that there’s an issue of clarity and enforcement.

    In terms of ethical leadership, it doesn’t help at all that Automattic has unlimited advertising rights for it’s own plugins in the Featured and Recommended section of the plugin directory. When WordPress just becomes an advertising vehicle, adoption will stall and users and developers will abandon WordPress for cleaner fields (read the tragedy of the commons). We (in this case Paul) are polluting our own ecosystem.

    In the end, we will not be able to deploy Shield to our client sites any longer. We were planning to pay for a commercial license for Shield (when Paul separates it from Worp). But not if he is going to harass us and our clients and use the WordPress admin interface as his personal advertising platform.

    Moderator Tim Nash

    (@tnash)

    Volunteer Moderator and spam hunter

    Ok folks, I think this is one of those situations, where you are both going to go for each others jugular fairly quickly and will end up saying things you both regret.

    Name calling in a review is uncalled for, and name calling people not related to the plugin especially so. I’m going to close this thread, both take a few breaths, enjoy some sunshine. Have a think perhaps really neither is so far apart.

    However if you do believe a plugin is using deceptive practices, the best thing todo is contact the plugins team plugins@wordpress.org and let them decide.

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