[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #2114: Possible abuse on popular themes list based on active installs

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#2114: Possible abuse on popular themes list based on active installs
 Reporter:  acosmin          |       Owner:
     Type:  defect           |      Status:  new
 Priority:  low              |   Milestone:
Component:  Theme Directory  |  Resolution:
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Comment (by Shaped Pixels):

 Looks like my comment about this in Slack got some attention...I've
 actually noticed the discrepancies from time-to-time from minimal counts
 to crazy numbers like the 30,000 active installs on a new theme. I follow
 the theme lists on a regular basis, so glad to see this was brought forth.

 I would assume that in some cases, it's accidental, while others it could
 be a loophole someone discovered which would lead to the possibility of
 abuse--especially when it comes to the Popular List. There's at least a
 couple themes there, plus others I've seen over the months that have
 numbers that seem out of the ordinary.

 As a side note and as a theme developer (author), I would still love to
 see the total downloads count along side the active installs count. Gives
 the author (and users) a way of seeing the ratio of active installs to
 downloads. I know for me, it would give me a better idea of how my themes
 perform. If a theme has large download counts but low active installs,
 that would tell me users are not overly happy with the theme, therefore,
 creates incentive for the author to do better.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/2114#comment:8>
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