[wp-hackers] Delete Plugin on SVN please
gaarai at gaarai.com
Wed Nov 4 21:19:13 UTC 2009
This brings up an issue that I have with the plugin repo. I'm not proud
of this, but it has happened a number of times.
I start a plugin project based on a good idea. During one of my moments
of reflecting upon design, implementation, etc, I decide to figure out
the name of the project. I find a good one that isn't taken, and I
I then invariably get something that swamps me: a big project at work,
some personal stuff is happening that takes away my time, etc. Then when
I'm able to come back to the project, days have gone by and I realize
something. Since the repo system lists new projects based upon the day
that the repo was approved and not based upon the first version being
submitted, my great new plugin idea will be quickly lost due to the lack
of attention on the new plugin list. In other words, if I wait 10 days
from repo approval to push up the first version, then people will have
to go 10 days back in the new plugin list to find my plugin. This
realization has at times caused me to lose interest in a project.
Of course, I could just wait to register a name until the project is
finished, but this has a few other problems: 1) The name may be taken by
the time I finish the project causing me to go and rename everything,
including any promotional/support posts I may have created. 2) I now
have to wait some random number of days until my repo gets approved
before I can push out the version. 3) If I'm busy again when my repo is
approved and don't end up getting back to it in a couple or more days,
I'm back to the same problem I started with.
If there were a way that I could delete repos that I didn't end up
using, I could release those names back into the available pool.
Here's an idea. Plugin repositories that have not had an initial version
commit made to them for a period of time (such as 10 days, a month, six
months, ...) should be automatically removed and freed. This would
prevent dead projects that never got started and name squatters from
removing good names from the pool for no benefit to the community.
Glenn Ansley wrote:
> I'd love to be able to flag a couple of mine for deletion or as
> 'inactive' or 'no longer supported'... like one that was misspelled
> and never had any files committed to it.
> Glenn Ansley
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