[wp-hackers] Advertising on plugin pages

Nathan Rice 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.

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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
> http://mikeschinkel.com/
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