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  1. I think plugins that use dashboard widgets can be useful. Ones like Joost’s may not be “useful” but for a calendar/event plugin, seeing upcoming events would be useful.

    I certainly hope that CORE doesn’t remove the ability, but I do hope that programmers use the API correctly so they can be turned off.


  2. Besides the fact that it creates an inconsistent UX in the dashboard, I hated the Yoast widget immensely because it slows the load time to a crawl by making remote requests in the php every load instead of either caching the results in a transient or using AJAX to pull the data in without affecting page load time (you know, like all the other feeds in the dashboard).


  3. I think the Right Now dashboard widget added by bbPress is a positive example: it displays useful information about your site, which is what the dashboard screen is for.

    Yoast’s promo widget, not so much.


  4. I think what a lot of people tend to forget is that WordPress websites are not only used by individual bloggers.
    There are plenty of people, myself included, who build websites for others, mostly companies.
    Now with that in mind, what do you think I do with these rotten widgets? You think I (want to) show them to my clients?
    Of course I already fully customize the dashboard for my clients, but all those widgets just bring additional work that is completely unnecessary to begin with!

    And as we’re on the topic of adding crap to the dashboard, you might as well also touch on the mess plugin developers are starting to make of the Toolbar!

    For both the widgets and the toolbar menus we need as an absolute bare minimum the choice of turning them OFF. Better even would be off by default and the choice of turning them on. Ideal scenario would be not there to begin with.


  5. If the widget serves a direct, useful purpose to operating the site, I’d like to see them stay or at least be optional. For example, Janis Elst’s Broken Link Checker plugin provides a stupendously convenient (for me) dashboard widget; checking the link status is part of my periodic chores list.


  6. Piet’s argument is valid and so is Dave’s. I’d lean toward an option to turn on a specific dashboard widget. Default would be off for all. Same for the admin toolbar.


  7. I agree that we should be given the option.

    There are some widgets that do provide very useful information in the dashboard.

    On the news site I run I really like seeing the recent searches and searches that came up empty as soon as I log in as it prompts me to do something about it.

    As someone that also develops themes for clients though I hide pretty much everything to keep the UI as simple as possible, so the ability to choose would simplify everything for me.


  8. I’d really prefer to see an option to disable it. When I log in to my WordPress, I do glance over to see if there are any interesting links.


    Lorenzo


  9. Plugin user should decide to place widget on his dashboard or not, and plugin should have an option top help user realize his decision.
    As for “Latest from Yoast” widget, I had similar metabox with ‘recent post’ from my site at my plugins settings pages some time ago, but finally fully removed them, to not bother users of my plugins. If someone really wish to read recent posts, he will subscribe to site RSS or visit it himself.


  10. I don’t see anything wrong with a Dashboard widget if the information is related to the plugin that created it. I know plenty of folks who want to stay updated. If it’s purely self-promotional, then yeah – nix it.

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