[wp-hackers] Re: Advertising on plugin pages
ajaydsouza at gmail.com
Mon Mar 2 00:56:28 GMT 2009
It's been a nice lively discussion. I guess we don't need to be reminded
about the entire sponsored themes issue that cropped up about a year or
so back. When they were allowed to thrive, they were soon misused and
even today there are a lot of them released and used by unsuspecting users.
Because of these, the entire theme validation process on WP Extend has
become a several day issue, simply because every line of code needs to
be checked to ensure it fits all the guidelines.
Aren't we inviting the same problem by enabling ads in themes. I'm sure
a majority of us plugin developers would definitely stick to the
guidelines and definitely not to anything to compromise the security of
blogs of our users.
However, what's stopping others from releasing plugins only for the sake
of displaying ads? The policing of the WP Plugins Repository would begin
on a much larger aspect and today's updates which take 15 minutes will
become a few day process. And if these are urgent security related
updates.... well, you're putting a lot of blogs at risk.
wp-hackers-request at lists.automattic.com wrote:
> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2009 17:12:00 -0600 (CST)
> From: Mike Schinkel<mikeschinkel at newclarity.net>
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Advertising on plugin pages
> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
> mikeschinkel at newclarity.net, 6745637.1301235949114732.J>
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> "Heiko Rabe"<heiko.rabe at code-styling.de> wrote:
>> You will run into the fact that developers will disassemble
>> the entire plugin code to be sure, nothing unwanted will be
>> transmitted. Such time wasting effort would force me to drop
>> such a plugin and search for an ad free solution or to rewrite
>> it without ads.
> ANY plugin could do something unsavory. All the things you mention could be done by a plugin that is not advertising-related, and also a plugin that is advertising-related could avoid all those things so as to be a good citizen. Do you code review every plugin you use (which is probably a good idea, but tangential to the discussion?) How does this make plugins that serve advertising different?
> -Mike Schinkel
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