Let me preface this post by mentioning that this was difficult to write, I’m still frustrated but I’ve accepted the immediate outcome 1. That said… Last week I received an email from the WordPress.org plugin review team that Sprout Invoices “has been found to be in violation of the repository guidelines, found at https://developer.wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-org/detailed-plugin-guidelines/“. Turns out this was the issue: What did .org do? Since I was accused of compensating reviews through “bribery”: Sprout Invoices was immediately pulled out of the repo until that link (and the page at the other end of “send us the link”) were removed. Also all 5-star reviews were deleted; all of them… “The reviews that have been associated with this method have been removed from the system in order to restore equilibrium to the reviews.” Was I compensating reviewers? Obviously yes; through a discount of a pro license, I figured it was alright to compensate their time. Was it “Bribery” or did I “Pay Reviewers”? Why does that distinction matter? In no way was this “bribery”! Semantics are
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