[wp-hackers] Plugin usage info

William P. Davis will.davis at gmail.com
Mon Feb 28 06:22:10 UTC 2011

I can definitely see why WP wants all that info, and I hardly think any of it is proprietary, but it should be noted somewhere, and I could see someone writing a plugin to disable the sending of that info. 
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From: Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com>
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Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 00:08:29 
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Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Plugin usage info

On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 11:47 PM, Mark E <mark at simplercomputing.net> wrote:
> Is that really necessary to determine if plugins, themes, and core need
> an update? Nope.

Actually, yes, it is.

- The plugin data is needed to try to match what plugin it is as best
as possible. There is not a unique namespace for plugins, after all.
- The version data is needed for compatibility checking (which we
don't do yet, but have planned). So that, for example, if your PHP
version is too low for 3.2, you won't be getting notified about it
being an upgrade since it would just break your site. That sort of

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