[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:51 johnjamesjacoby]:

 > 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?

 I do not think there has been a discussion around plugin/theme auto-
 updates specifically. With the introduction of Site Health and the WSOD
 protection, there are now mechanisms for every day users to troubleshoot
 issues that may arise from auto-updating. That, combined with being named
 in the [https://make.wordpress.org/core/2018/12/08/9-priorities-for-2019/
 9 projects for 2019] (which has carried over into 2020), and the desire to
 make it easier for users to keep their sites up to date have been the
 driving factors.

 I'm happy to have the discussion (I have been playing devil's advocate and
 thinking it through in my head). But, as far as I know, making plugins and
 themes opt-in by default is not an option.

 > Especially considering how much agitation the idea of exposing a UI for
 Core caused at the time.

 Can you clarify this? Do you mean the auto-update discussions that have
 happened recently? Just want to be clear about which agitation you are
 referring to.

 > If the decision has already been made to make them toggleable, auto-
 updates are the kind of on-off feature that seem ripe for using an actual
 Toggle UI control for.

 I am not completely in love with including the enable/disable link where
 it is now. The icon also feels out of place to me because no other action
 links on the page have icons. My preference is including it in the row of
 actions under the plugin name and not including an icon. But I defer to
 the design team there.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/48850#comment:53>
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