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  1. Alec

    This is really useful. Thanks Jeff.

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  2. Terence

    Developers who host plugins in the official directory should make note of these tags and use them when necessary.

    Mika, does this mean you are only interested in getting comments from developers ~ my small “d” ~ or are you also able/willing to accept input from A N Other interested party?

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  3. Ryan Hellyer

    This is excellent to know. There are a lot of “reviews” which shouldn’t be there.

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    • Terence

      Ryan, that’s a very tough call, isn’t it?

      We all dislike the a-hole who has no idea of what he’s doing, blames the developer for the kahkah he’s landed his site in, and then gives the plugin a 1-star insult.

      But who’s to decide between the rights and wrongs of doing a little colonic irrigation, and the wholesale censorship of those we don’t want to hear from?

      To me, in the forums its generally something best left to the mods. But in the repo support forums, I am not sure if we can always trust the developers to be so neutral and well balanced.

      And I would have to hold my hand up here and say, I am not sure if I could be as dispassionate as it requires.

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      • Miroslav Glavic

        We all dislike the a-hole who has no idea of what he’s doing, blames the developer for the kahkah he’s landed his site in, and then gives the plugin a 1-star insult.

        I challenge that with the following:

        1) Maybe the instructions could be better? So many Plugin Authors make their instructions in their language instead of normal people language. Just like lawyers do legalese and IKEA does whatever the hell IKEA does that no one understands.

        2) Plugin Authors need to stop being butthurt about 1-star reviews. So many Authors get defensive when low stars are given and act like people MUST give a 4 or 5 star reviews.
        I have given 1 star reviews on themes that I have used. Not themes in the WordPress universe. Something similar to PHPBB universe.
        I reduce my stars on the review when I don’t see clear instructions from the author.

        How does an author learn if everyone is kissing his/her rear end? I give honest review and stars.

        For the record, the average I give is 3-4 stars. yes I did the math.

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      • Terence Milbourn

        I challenge that with ~ our viewpoints are not mutually exclusive.

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  4. Anand Prakash

    Thanks jeff for this wonderful article. Thanks alot

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