1. Nick

    This is so cool and we need it so bad. Don’t wait until August, just throw it into WordPress 5.3.3 and release it tomorrow.


  2. Lenin Zapata

    It is incredible πŸ™ŒπŸ» how the π—ͺπ—Όπ—Ώπ—±π—½π—Ώπ—²π˜€π˜€ team is concentrating so much in π—šπ˜‚π˜π—²π—»π—―π—²π—Ώπ—΄ that there is no choice but to migrate there, the block directory will be something that will trigger πŸš€ the π‘π‘™π‘œπ‘π‘˜ 𝑝𝑙𝑒𝑔𝑖𝑛𝑠.

    I am very eager to know the 𝑛𝑒𝑀 π‘π‘™π‘œπ‘π‘˜π‘  that will be created thanks to this great initiative. πŸ’«


  3. Jeroen R

    I still wonder why this wasn’t in the 5.0 release at the start but it will be a very good addition to core.


  4. Gary Taylor


    I have sites with additional blocks as plugins, which is instinctively the wrong place for them; they don’t modify my site, they modify the content on my site. Of course, their authors will need to resubmit their plugins as blocks as it’s a different directory, but it’ll aid discovery and be much tidier in Admin.


  5. Meagan

    “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

    One of my deepest concerns with this Project is we’re doing exactly the above right now, yet again.

    From what I know and have seen myself, we have yet to perform a true reflection of the Plugin / Widget marketspace in order to identify potential issues we’ll face with Blocks and its eventual marketspace.

    As Nick observes, waiting until August to launch this is an unrealistic and unambitious goal to set when we simultaneously promote a world of MVPs and continuous deployment via the power of WordPress.

    I believe we have tried to do usability testing for Gutenberg at a major WordCamp if I remember correctly; I have yet to see a concrete analysis of the resulting information, nor further information about what happened with these tests beyond the day of testing. At this point in time, we may want to retrospect to see if we were asking the correct questions in order to help improve not just the end product, but our OWN process.

    What I have seen, however, is Accessibility, Diversity, and Ethics concerns continually dismissed – or worse, further alienation at WordCamps of those who champion these rights. I’ve personally seen a strong person in power outright dismiss questions voiced by a different sex, then do it again, and again. This attitude makes me not want to even press Submit on these very words.

    Without full transparency of communications and efforts, our volunteer workforce will dry up quickly. We cannot wait for August to do what we know is right. It does begin at the Source. Let’s not make the same mistakes this time.


  6. Cameron Jones

    I do love the “instances” tracking, that will come in very handy


  7. Luke Carbis

    Great work Mel and team!


  8. Matt Gowdy

    There’s a lot to like here, though I’m still troubled by the directory submission rules that are fairly stringently not allowing for any sort of promotional link or defined up-sell of any kind so as not to “disrupt the flow”.

    More often than not these days, people don’t have as much free time to invest in coding just for the fun of it. I speak mainly of myself, but I have the notion that while WordPress is still grounded pretty firmly in Open Source (not a bad thing), it’s been the open markets that have allowed it to grow as much as it has. I don’t think it’s wrong to allow people the opportunity (within reason) to make something back off their hard work should they choose. Donations are non-viable in my experience as the vast majority of humanity are way cheaper than they would like to admit.

    Nowadays, the digital arms race of features means fewer and fewer pure open source approaches for plugins make sense and freemium is a new norm even if it’s treated like a dirty word.

    Without any sort of up-sell channel (rule-defined or element defined in blocks), we aren’t going to see the plethora that we are hoping for, nor in some cases the quality that could be brought in by people working professionally on a block plugin. The time to define these up-sell and link options is right now.

    Reading through some of the comments on the Make announcement and I was struck by a sort of quiet hypocrisy: This is all Open Source, but people are only allowed to do things so far as WE allow them.

    Where WordPress started and where it is now are two separate points in time. I hope the Open Source community and the marketplaces can find a way to co-exist here in order to really rev up the platform for the future.


  9. Anh Tran

    It’s quite confusing to have both Blocks and Manage screen. Are they for the same purpose?

    I understand that the Blocks screen is for block plugin management, but from user perspective, it’s still confusing.


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