[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #2365: Plugin Directory: Restore links to previous versions of plugin

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#2365: Plugin Directory: Restore links to previous versions of plugin
 Reporter:  jimtrue           |       Owner:
     Type:  defect            |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal            |   Milestone:  Plugin Directory v3 - Future
Component:  Plugin Directory  |  Resolution:
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Comment (by jimtrue):

 "Relatively easy" is not the same as 'efficient', especially when you have
 no idea which plugin version the person was using and they made need to do
 a 'stepped' upgrade depending on which version they're having to go back
 to. The older system was the most efficient way to communicate with end
 users are not necessarily technical, but need to be helped in the quickest
 most efficient way possible because when it's 'go back to a prior version'
 it's WSOD, client's screaming time.

 Honestly, if the best solution to all of these questions like 'where did
 this go, where did that go' that all seems to apply to Developers ONLY is
 'we didn't feel the users needed this and it was confusing', just put it
 in a Development tab like the Admin Access and be done with it. Plugin
 Developers are your clients to the Plugin Directory as well. Most of us
 don't treat it like a 'listing service' only; it's a necessary function of
 our communication with users in multiple languages.

 Replying to [comment:11 SergeyBiryukov]:
 > > If you remove this functionality, we have no way of easily getting
 people to prior versions.
 > FWIW, it's still relatively easy to get a link to a previous version,
 even without the UI. Using Jetpack as an example:
 > 1. See the list of tagged versions in SVN:
 > 2. Substitute the required version in the URL:

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/2365#comment:16>
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