[wp-hackers] Advertising on plugin pages
ncrice at gmail.com
Sun Mar 1 23:17:09 GMT 2009
Mike makes a good point. I could write a plugin that, when activated on a
user blog, emails me the URL, admin credentials, etc., and kablam, I can do
all sorts of bad things. I could also bury it deep inside a class to make
it invisible to the average user.
Fact is, plugins are dangerous things. Having ads in them doesn't make the
situation any worse.
On Sun, Mar 1, 2009 at 6:12 PM, Mike Schinkel
<mikeschinkel at newclarity.net>wrote:
> "Heiko Rabe" <heiko.rabe at code-styling.de> wrote:
> > You will run into the fact that developers will disassemble
> > the entire plugin code to be sure, nothing unwanted will be
> > transmitted. Such time wasting effort would force me to drop
> > such a plugin and search for an ad free solution or to rewrite
> > it without ads.
> ANY plugin could do something unsavory. All the things you mention could be
> done by a plugin that is not advertising-related, and also a plugin that is
> advertising-related could avoid all those things so as to be a good citizen.
> Do you code review every plugin you use (which is probably a good idea, but
> tangential to the discussion?) How does this make plugins that serve
> advertising different?
> -Mike Schinkel
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