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:
Thinking there’s a market for trusted #WordPress pro devs to build a repo / “app store” experience for independently vetted plug-ins…
— Jake Goldman (@jakemgold) August 15, 2012
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.
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?