[wp-trac] Re: [WordPress Trac] #5117: WordPress (plugin) updates do not warn about unknown plugins

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Wed Oct 3 21:43:33 GMT 2007

#5117: WordPress (plugin) updates do not warn about unknown plugins
 Reporter:  Quandary        |        Owner:  matt 
     Type:  defect          |       Status:  new  
 Priority:  high            |    Milestone:  2.3.1
Component:  General         |      Version:  2.3  
 Severity:  normal          |   Resolution:       
 Keywords:  admin, plugins  |  
Comment (by jaredbangs):

 Replying to [comment:7 zamoose]:
 > This has three distinct advantages, IMHO:
 >  1. A fairly comprehensive '''official''' listing of WP-sanctioned
 plugins can be maintained.
 >  1. Misbehaving plugins can easily be de-listed.
 >  1. End WP clients spend no extra time hitting other update beacons.
 > There is a perceivable downside:  all plugins must be GPL-compatibly-

 Yeah, I guess there are benefits and drawbacks either way. Of course, the
 best case scenario would be for plugin devs to just use WP.org hosting,
 but I was thinking that some may not want to do that (for whatever reason,
 licensing or other).

 I guess I'd tend to favor keeping only WP.org hosted plugin info in the
 directory, and making / allowing plugin devs who don't wish to host their
 plugins there do their own thing.

 Regarding the benefits you list above, I don't know whether WP.org wants
 the responsibility of hosting an official list, specifically "sanctioning"
 or "de-listing" them, as you suggested.

 I think if the hook were there, the core client would still only be
 checking one update site (WP.org), unless the plugin devs choose to
 optionally hook into the not_available status and run their own checks,

 I guess they could do this now (and some do, I believe) but it seems like
 this would   be a convenient place to establish a standard way for
 external plugins to take part in the update check without burdening WP.org
 with extra requirements.

Ticket URL: <http://trac.wordpress.org/ticket/5117#comment:8>
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