[wp-hackers] [wp-testers] WordPress 3.0.2

Trent Martin trentmar at gmail.com
Thu Dec 2 18:55:30 UTC 2010

Wow, it would be nice for us plugin developers if you guys would give us
even a few days advance notice on these things, especially considering your
record of breaking plugins and themes with your updates.

The problem is that when people see the "Please update now" notice on their
dashboard, and you call it a mandatory update, of course they are going to
update. But with no advance notice, that means that no plugins or themes
have even been tested with the update. As far as I can tell, there was also
no public beta testing for this either, are you just hoping everything will
work? Even your e-mail announcement to the wp-testers list came a day after
the actual release.

With tens of thousands of plugins and themes used by millions of people, you
really need to better consider the impact of your releases. It's hard enough
keeping compatible with each update, but you make it so much harder when we
suddenly open our e-mail to find a flood of support requests because of a
surprise WordPress release. We had to drop everything yesterday to update
all our test sites, scramble though our full test procedures, and respond to
all the support requests telling people our plugins are still compatible.

Perhaps you need to put a disclaimer on releases that no plugin or theme
developers were previously aware of it and nothing has been tested yet so
install at your own risk.

If there is a better way to keep on top of upcoming releases that I am just
missing, please let me know. And yeah maybe this release was relatively
minor but there is rarely a WordPress release that doesn't affect many
plugins one way or another.

Are there any other plugin and theme developers out there who agree?


As most of you know, WordPress 3.0.2 was released Tuesday. This is a
mandatory security release for all previous WordPress versions.

Those wishing to continue to test the 3.1 Beta, please note that the
currently nightly build (3.1-beta1-16642) contains the fixes that were
included in 3.0.2.

I'd advise you to update your plugin compatibility as appropriate. Plugins
should be unaffected by this release.

Here's a summary of the changes:

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