A post over at CMS Critic received some unwarranted flack due to how it was written. However if you can look beyond any fanboyish reactions, some issues the author, Kaya Ismail, brings forth is worth taking some time to think and write about. What I’ll focus on in this post is the vast plugin directory. Kaya writes a bit about the issues end-users have regarding selecting and installing plugins that don’t actually work. There are multiple reasons as to why a plugin does not work on a site; such as: PHP code errors, permissions issues and plugins conflicts. I’ll write a bit on various ways that WordPress itself and wordpress.org can do to prevent users from installing non-functioning plugins. I’m not taking things like, user experience, performance, scalability, DDOS scenarios, and more into account. There might be potential privacy issues with some solutions as well. Also this is just about reporting non-functioning plugins and I won’t discuss improvements to search and listing of plugins. This post is just a brainstorming session. Manual feedback – Current approach The current feedback system is manual. Plugin and theme users needs to visit the plugin page in the directory and mark
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