Earlier this month I caught wind of an exchange plugin being rejected during the approval process at WordPress.org. Not knowing much about the issue myself, I reached out to someone who would know, or could find out for me: Otto over at WordPress.org.
Currently, Otto explained to me, the WordPress.org plugin directory is not accepting a handful of different types of plugins: exchange rate plugins, Facebook Like and Google +1 plugins, to name a few. He said there are already a log of plugins in the directory doing essentially the same thing, and if left alone there could be as many as two or three plugins just like them submitted to the directory every day.
So if nothing else, take this as a heads up. Certain plugin submissions, if they are similar to a large number of other plugins, may not make it through the review process. Otto himself said that he wishes that collaboration on similar plugins would happen more often, though exactly how to encourage this isn’t clear.
Have you run into this type of plugin rejection before? How do you think the community could encourage more collaboration on plugin projects?