[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #2645: Plugin Directory: Installation instructions missing - May withhold essential information

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#2645: Plugin Directory: Installation instructions missing - May withhold
essential information
 Reporter:  Gahapati          |       Owner:
     Type:  enhancement       |      Status:  new
 Priority:  high              |   Milestone:  Plugin Directory v3 - Future
Component:  Plugin Directory  |  Resolution:
 Keywords:                    |
Changes (by mrpritchett):

 * priority:  normal => high


 Replying to [comment:1 Otto42]:
 > > I've seen many cases like that.
 > Can you provide examples where this is a critical issue?
 > Because, it seems to me, that in almost all cases, this information
 could be moved to the description, or the FAQ, or better yet just put into
 the plugin itself so that it does the correct thing on installation.

 This is a critical issue because of users. If we're going to follow with
 the idea that users are the target, we just removed the ability for 80% of
 our install base to install any plugin that requires a shortcode or
 template tag or any sort of "insert." While that info can be moved, we
 made a change without informing any plugin authors that this would be a
 requirement. So we're going to make the plugin repo unusable until plugin
 authors can catch up if they realize something is wrong? That seems to
 hurt the vast majority of "users" who aren't developers. I AM a developer
 and ran into this issue 4 times this morning already. While I can overcome
 it very easily, your average user cannot. I'd be happy to help code a
 solution, but am hesitant if there is a lack of understanding how high a
 priority this is for users.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/2645#comment:16>
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