[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #5553: Change “Plugin Author” label to “Plugin Manager”

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Fri Dec 18 08:11:29 UTC 2020

#5553: Change “Plugin Author” label to “Plugin Manager”
 Reporter:  pewgeuges        |      Owner:  (none)
     Type:  defect           |     Status:  new
 Priority:  highest omg bbq  |  Milestone:  Q1
Component:  Support Forums   |   Keywords:  is-configuration
 The support forum misleads WordPress users by labeling plugin committers
 as plugin authors despite not all committers are enumerated in the
 plugin’s main php authors field. They are enumerated in the plugin’s
 readme contributors field, so the plugin contributor label would be fine
 too. The plugin manager label is suggested only to account for the fact
 that WordPress wants to disclose indirectly whether a respondent on the
 forum has commit access.

 WordPress’ position considering committers as authors is biased through
 the WordPress blog engine’s role scheme, where post authors are enabled to
 write and publish, while contributors are enabled to write but only to
 save drafts. That of course is also a wrong scheme, but it is not the
 subject of this request.

 Even when it is legally assigned, i.e. to people mentioned in the author
 field, the author status is inherently problematic because developers like
 writers highly depend on inspiration. Experience confirms the widespread
 phenomenon of authors drowning after not acknowdedging inspiration.
 Typically the authorship claim kills inspiration.

 Our civilisation makes assumptions and uses vocabulary, but it has also a
 legal framework. Labeling as an author someone who is nowhere declared as
 such and who does not make authorship claims, is in breach of the law.
 WordPress are not above the law. The claim I’m making is legal, although
 I’d never intend to file a lawsuit, and WordPress’ position is illegal.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/5553>
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