Why are user approved links from Plugins a problem? (9 posts)

  1. bpmee31
    Posted 6 years ago #


    I wrote several useful plugins for WP over the past few months, which aggregated news and stats for various sports leagues.

    I read that plugins can display links if the user is notified in advance, for example within the installation notes that come with each plugin.

    So, I clearly stated that users would have link advertising appear on their blogs. I did not ambush them with hidden text or links that appeared within the footer without warning.

    Now, it seems 9 of my plugins, which represent a sizable portion of my business, have ALL been removed.

    This begs the question: If I *tell* someone in advance they will have advertising, and they *accept* this condition of using the plugin, why does WP have a problem with it?

    Again, there was no trickery here. The user got a service in exchange for text links. Happens all over the internet and is mostly the way business and commercial advertising works.

    Can WP please reinstate my plugins? I would be grateful. Also note that I had hundreds of downloads for my plugins, and it seems that people have generally used them without issue.

  2. mrmist
    Forum Janitor
    Posted 6 years ago #

    You could try mailing plugins@wordpress.org about it.

  3. bpmee31
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Thank you MrMist. Yes, I have emailed that address and am waiting for a reply.

    I sincerely hope they will understand that my links were not displayed by tricks but as a result of user-end agreed conditions.

  4. From http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/about/

    The plugin must not embed external links on the public site (like a "powered by" link) without explicitly asking the user's permission.

    I suspect release notes isn't enough, and there has to be a way to turn it off.

    Also see this: http://markjaquith.wordpress.com/2010/02/11/how-to-get-plugin-removed-from-dir/

  5. bpmee31
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Ok...so I read that page. Much of it still hinges on asking user permission, which I did with all my plugin submissions.

    What if I programmed a button to turn links on or off?

    This would hurt my end of the operation, since this is how I monetize my plugins and keep the servers running, but would such a compromise be acceptable to WP?

  6. bpmee31
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Alternatively, what about another reminder on the Plugin's control panel page in clear font and wording that links will be displayed?

  7. This is oft confused, but asking permissions means someone has to actively click and say "YES I want to show your ads on MY website." This does NOT mean that a license agreement is okay. This does NOT mean a warning in the control panel is okay.

    This would hurt my end of the operation, since this is how I monetize my plugins and keep the servers running, but would such a compromise be acceptable to WP?

    I'm not sure I follow, and if you're saying what I think you're saying, I'm pretty sure people will disagree.

    Is the link a link back to YOUR site about your plugin?

    If so, I would instead have an option to turn ON the added-in link.

    If it's NOT a link to your site, then I'm pretty confident in saying your SOL. That's called 'link spam' and no one likes it. If that's the only way you're monetizing your plugins, then the WP plugin repository is not for you.

  8. bpmee31
    Posted 6 years ago #

    Ok, understood. Here is my final question...

    Suppose I reprogram the plugins to be 100% free from any sort of links/advertising, but offered as a "Lite" version (just basic features, nothing fancy)

    Then, inside the installation notes and plugin control panel, I post a link back to my own server (NOT the WP SVN) which offers a more "full featured" link supported version. This version would be available and downloaded from my server only, so that it does not infringe on WP policy.

    Would such a compromise be acceptable to the community?

  9. I was out of town.

    As I understand it, that would be fine.

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