[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #6437: Plugin Directory: an Uninstall Tab is needed on each plugin page

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#6437: Plugin Directory: an Uninstall Tab is needed on each plugin page
 Reporter:  ricjcs            |      Owner:  (none)
     Type:  feature request   |     Status:  new
 Priority:  normal            |  Milestone:
Component:  Plugin Directory  |   Keywords:
 Many plugins when deleted leave data in the database. To delete some
 plugins completely, it is necessary to look in the documentation how to do
 this, and it is not always easy to find the solution.

 The complete uninstallation process is not the same for all plugins, there
 are different ways for complete removal, such as:
 - turn on some option in plugin settings;
 - add some instruction in functions.php or wp-config.php (e.g. Rank Math
 SEO and WooCommerce);
 - install another plugin just for the purpose of uninstalling (e.g.
 - manual removal of data in the DB (e.g. Yoast SEO);
 - simply click on the Delete button in the plugins area (usually simple
 plugins that do not write to the database).

 It needs to be indicated in a simple and accessible way, how to uninstall
 a certain plugin completely, without having to go through Google searches
 and documentation.

 The best way to do this would be on the page for each plugin on
 wordpress.org, to have an uninstall tab next to the existing installation

 Inside this tab would be the information of the data that is created in
 the database and all the instructions necessary to remove the plugin
 completely, without leaving any traces in the DB.

 Thus, in a simple and fast way users could consult how to remove the
 plugin correctly.

 For small sites, leaving data in the database may not be a big issue, but
 for large sites that are several years old and have multiple plugins
 installed over time, removing it completely is essential, so this
 information should be clearly accessible.

 My final suggestion is that the Uninstall Tab should have the following
 - How to uninstall the plugin keeping the data in the database
 - How to completely uninstall the plugin, including deleting all data in
 the database.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/6437>
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