[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #2840: Abuse of popular list due to active installs count

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#2840: Abuse of popular list due to active installs count
 Reporter:  thinkupthemes    |      Owner:
     Type:  defect           |     Status:  new
 Priority:  low              |  Milestone:
Component:  Theme Directory  |   Keywords:
 There is possible abuse of the popular list by theme authors due to how
 active installs are counted. The popular theme list takes account of the
 active installs count based on the number of active installs over the past
 2 weeks (I believe). Authors are able to abuse this submitting themes
 which have the same name as themes distributed elsewhere.

 It appears this issue is not best managed by the theme review team on a
 case by case basis due to the subjective nature of the issue. Having a
 check in place to ensure that the theme being counted when ranking is that
 which was distributed from .org, as opposed to some 3rd party platform
 will help combat this issue.

 A previous ticket was raised for this similar issue, however was
 subsequently closed:



Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/2840>
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