[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #1692: Plugin search quality improvements

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#1692: Plugin search quality improvements
 Reporter:  tellyworth                           |       Owner:  tellyworth
     Type:  enhancement                          |      Status:  assigned
 Priority:  normal                               |   Milestone:  Plugin
Component:  Plugin Directory                     |  Directory v3.0
 Keywords:  dev-feedback needs-docs 2nd-opinion  |  Resolution:
  needs-testing                                  |

Comment (by nerrad):

 Replying to [comment:86 lukecavanagh]:
 > @gibrown
 > How much weight is given in the search for active installs, what would
 happen for new plugins on the repo and users being able to discover those?

 To build on this question, if the weighting is based on '''total''' active
 installs, this is another area where a ratio based rating might work
 better.   In other words, if you built that weighting against a ratio of
 active_installs/days_in_repository then that might give a "trending"
 weighting affect to where the plugin shows in the results.  That way
 plugins that are newer, could surface earlier in the results until they
 start aging with no traction.  Conversely more established plugins with
 more total active installs due to how long they've been in the directory
 would have that weighting have less and less overall impact if they
 continue to age with no significant increase in active installs.

 It gives a chance for newer plugins to surface in results and be "seen"
 while still attributing value to whether users are finding those results
 useful, trying the plugin,  and then keeping the plugin active on their

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/1692#comment:87>
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