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

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Tue Feb 4 03:29:44 UTC 2020

#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 johnjamesjacoby):

 I am surprised to see the ability to enable/disable auto-updates presented
 so prominently.

 Has it been discussed someplace other than Slack to not have any UI for
 this, not expose it to end-users, and simply opt-in everything by default?
 Especially considering how much agitation the idea of exposing a UI for
 Core caused at the time.

 As we’ve all likely learned from years of using operating systems on
 computers and phones, update fatigue does not just hit us from the updates
 themselves, but also from deferring every decision to the user when the
 natural desire is nearly always going to be “please let the machine do the
 work for me so I don’t have to.”

 What I do not prefer about these design iterations, is that these links
 are being offered to users alongside other normal actions, as if we are
 making it easy for them to be toggled.

 Programs like WordPress should not make running out-of-date code easy to
 do, and if a plugin cannot be trusted to be update automatically, users
 will not know that until it’s already too late anyways, and by that time
 fatal error protection will have likely prevented the majority of

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/48850#comment:51>
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