[wp-hackers] "Outdated plugin" notice (was: load_plugin_textdomain() )

Gaarai gaarai at gaarai.com
Tue Jul 29 02:29:33 GMT 2008

I think that we are missing something very important here. The Codex is 
consistently outdated on what is or is not deprecated, and often is an 
unreliable source of accurate and current API information.

What mechanism could possibly keep track of the status of all function 
calls and valid parameters when the Codex doesn't even contain that data?

If we can fix this problem either programmatically or procedurally, then 
we can start talking about automated checks for deprecated code. Until 
such a time, I feel that such checks will be nothing more than a pipe dream.

- Chris

Stephen Rider wrote:
> On Jul 28, 2008, at 5:01 PM, Otto wrote:
>> On Mon, Jul 28, 2008 at 4:32 PM, Stephen Rider
>>> I think we need a narrow column in the plugins screen that can display
>>> icons, and the icons either have a mouseover "tiptext" and/or are 
>>> clickabel
>>> to pop up a message window.  This could cover both this caution 
>>> message, and
>>> the "not checked for updates" message (and whatever else comes up 
>>> down the
>>> road.)  (Or maybe put said icons in the "version" cell?  Better than 
>>> a whole new
>>> column....)
>> I'd put it in front of the plugin name.
>> However, given the separation of plugins in 2.6 and 2.7-bleeding, I'd
>> prefer to simply create a new section at the top of the page: "Plugins
>> that need attention."
>> Move plugins that need updates, plugins not checked, plugins found to
>> use deprecated functions, etc, all up there.
> FAR to intrusive.  There should be a notice, but they shouldn't 
> radically alter the plugin organization.  These are relatively minor 
> cautions, not major RED ALERTs.
> On Jul 28, 2008, at 6:42 PM, Adam Hunter wrote:
>> create a mechanism ( using the same concept that updates the plugins 
>> ) to check them against a depreciated function list before updating 
>> wordpress to a new version?
> Interesting idea, but probably a bit much.  What we could do, RE the 
> idea above, is to have different levels of warning --
> 1) This plugin contains outdated (deprecated) code.
> 2) This plugin contains obsolete (called functions are gone!) code.
> I was almost going to suggest auto-deactivation, but I don't think we 
> should go that far, as the outdated code might be part of minor 
> functionality and we shouldn't DEMAND that the user can't try to use 
> the plugin.
> What we're really doing is telling them where to look first if there's 
> a problem.
> Stephen

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