[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #48850: Plugins Screen: introduce "Automatic updates" column / option

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#48850: Plugins Screen: introduce "Automatic updates" column / option
 Reporter:  jeherve                  |       Owner:  audrasjb
     Type:  feature request          |      Status:  accepted
 Priority:  normal                   |   Milestone:  5.4
Component:  Plugins                  |     Version:  3.7
 Severity:  normal                   |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  has-patch needs-testing  |     Focuses:  administration,
  has-screenshots dev-feedback       |  multisite
  needs-dev-note                     |

Comment (by desrosj):

 Replying to [comment:48 markparnell]:

 > Would that mean that a plugin could itself override any value set in the
 constant by using the filter? I'm not sure that's a good thing - I could
 perhaps see the argument that a plugin author might want to disable auto-
 updates for their plugin, but would we want them to be able to turn them
 on even if the site owner has chosen to turn them off?

 The filter to accomplish this (and this scenario) already exist in core
 today. The only difference is that a normal every day user cannot indicate
 whether they want auto-updates. Plugins and themes should be respecting
 the choices of the site owners unless there is good reason to. One use
 case I can think of is an incompatibility with another plugin or a version
 that breaks backwards compatibility. In these instances, blocking an auto-
 update ''may'' be a reasonable action.

 Some of the potential issues that arise from exposing this feature with a
 UI will require some monitoring to see what plugin authors do. There may
 be a few scenarios that arise that may require an update to the .org
 plugin guidelines. For example, "You promise to respect the user's
 preference when it comes to auto-updating" may be something to add. They
 should also never modify a user's choice when it comes to another plugin
 or theme (like a competitor's).

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/48850#comment:50>
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