[wp-hackers] Simplicity in 2.next

Doug Stewart dstewart at atl.lmco.com
Wed Feb 8 15:11:53 GMT 2006

Doug Stewart wrote:
> That seems like a particularly unhelpful analogy to be following here. 
> Linux distros ship a lot of software with each release and are 
> responsible for insuring that all that software works together. 
> WordPress' model is exactly the opposite: you get core functionality and 
> Hello Dolly, nothing else.  Unless you're proposing shipping a massive 
> .zip/.tar.gz with every bloody plugin known to the WP community, I fail 
> to see the comparison as a valid one.
> Most plugins are the work of a single author, with little code control 
> or existing bug tracking interface.  The best way to keep plugins 
> working and up to date is to bug the authors, a task which is best left 
> to a decentralized infrastructure (i.e., let the people who use the 
> plugins annoy the plugin authors).
> I think something along the lines of the old One-Click installs from 
> wp-plugins.net or the direction that Alchemy/Elixir were heading is a 
> much better idea, IMNSHO.

Not to reply to myself here or anything, but perhaps what everyone would 
prefer is something along the lines of the Six Apart/Movable Type model, 
wherein a centralized official feed of recent plugins (and "Featured" 
plugins, as well) is available on their central server.  There's even a 
nice Atom feed showing the newest releases. Everyone else is pretty much 
operating off the ranch.


Just 'cause they're the "competition" doesn't mean we can't "steal" good 
ideas from 'em.  In fact, I'd say it's a great idea.  *grin*
Doug Stewart
Systems Administrator/Web Applications Developer
Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Labs
dstewart at atl.lmco.com

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