[wp-forums] Supporting Plugin Authors
les at lcb.me.uk
Tue Aug 23 18:34:27 GMT 2005
I think we can only really help in the case of plugins we're familiar with,
or we have the time (or inclination) to have a quick look at when someone
reports a problem.
For those plugins where the author isn't currently around, we're pretty much
all people have, of course.
Les Bessant les at lcb.me.uk
Losing it - http://lcb.me.uk/
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Sent: 23 August 2005 01:12
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Subject: [wp-forums] Supporting Plugin Authors
I'm starting to hear a lot of whines from WordPress plugin authors about
the demand on their time and energy to provide support for their
plugins. I'd like us to talk about how we can help them. Currently it is
the semi-official policy that if people need help with plugins, they go
to the author first, search second, and last resort, ask on the Forum.
But I'm worried about "plugin author burnout". We need these creative folks.
We need to make it clear to plugin authors that clear and intelligible
instructions need to be in a readme file and on a specific web page on
their site. I think that plugin authors should "beta test" their
instructions as much as their plugin to make sure they make sense. ;-)
And to be honest, some plugin authors get so jazzed about what they have
done, they hype it all over the place, so everyone runs to it and then
the author gets bombarded with support questions. It's great to have the
fame, but there is a price to pay.
What can we do to help them out? Is there anything?
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