Discussions around dot org plugin reviews pick up speed

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Spurned on by a few tweets earlier this week, discussions around a review process and volunteer team for the WordPress.org plugin directory is picking up momentum. Following responses to Jake Goldman’s tweet:

The following evening (and nearly running right up and against our WP Late Night podcast recording) Otto hosted a Google Hangout where those involved in that initial discussion could air their thoughts. The Hangout included more than a dozen folks like Shane Pearlman, Jake Goldman, John Hawkins, and WPCandy alum Brian Krogsgard.

Erick Hitter started up dotorgplugins.wordpress.com, a simple P2 theme install to host the discussion. To quote Otto, straight from that P2, on seeing this discussion take place:

You have free rein to argue it here, and I would *love* to do more hangouts when asked. So please, self-organize. Come up with a set of guidelines. Build them up. Revise them. When I see a team of self-organized folks ready to take on the challenge, then by all means, I will pass on advice, provide a location to organize, provide the needed powers to get the job done, etc.

Build that team of volunteers willing to get the job done, come up with a set of principles by which the job will be done, show that you’re capable of doing the job, and I will absolutely assist in any way possible.

Take charge. Get ‘er done.

Them’s inspiring words.

All sorts of ideas are being thrown into the discussion at this point: reviewing plugins for quality, separating the wheat from the chaff so to speak and floating particularly respectable plugins to the top, making the WordPress.org plugin directory more social, and even things like paying for reviews from professionals in the community.

How many of you will be getting involved and tossing your two cents into the ring here?

5 thoughts on “Discussions around dot org plugin reviews pick up speed

  1. For reference, I didn’t start the P2 blog up, somebody else did that (Erick, I think, not certain). I just took advantage of it once it was there.

  2. The reality is that while this is a lovely idea, it isn’t solving the problem.

    The .org plug-in search simply doesn’t allow enough criteria. Without going manually one-by-one through the plug-ins you can’t see half the important data. Simple things like searching on “has been updated in the last year” really should be available.

    • Kevinjohn: The reality is that this isn’t an “idea” at all, it’s a conversation.

      Join in the conversation. It’s open to all. Don’t focus on one particular “idea” you see, even if others are doing so. You may have noticed that a lot of the participants in that video wanted to have “vetted” plugins, for example. I personally don’t think that idea will work, or is even a very good one. But I want to have that conversation regardless, because I want everybody else to see the same problems I see with it, and to discover those problems through discussion/conversation/argument.

      Everybody has a lot of ideas, but only discussion of those ideas in a community atmosphere will winnow them down and produce something that a) will work and b) which everybody can (mostly) agree on.

      So have the conversations. I’m not writing any code for it until it’s been thoroughly talked about. That’s the point, I want to have the talk happen first, not just implement things and then have people argue over their effectiveness. That is not a good use of my time.

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