Matt Mullenweg, during his keynote at WordCamp San Francisco last weekend, announced that old plugins and themes will now be hidden from search results on WordPress.org and on WordPress Dashboards. In this case “old” means that a theme or plugin hasn’t been updated in two years. The change should help users find the plugins that will help them the most, as well as help weed out the neglected or abandoned plugins that could cause problems for users.
For themes, this means they must be updated to include proper functions and be green lighted by the theme review team in the last two years to show up in search results. Plugins are a bit different. Two year old plugins that are still compatible and secure only need to bump their required and tested version numbers to be brought back into search results.
During Mullenweg’s keynote he joked that the new policy even encouraged WordPress Lead Developer Mark Jaquith to update his popular plugin Subscribe to Comments. Jaquith later pointed out on Twitter that his plugin hasn’t been updated quite yet, but it’s almost there.
Do you have any themes or plugins that you will need to update so users can continue finding them when they search? What do you think of this new policy on WordPress.org?