[wp-hackers] Access to update plugin & giving credit to original author

Christopher Ross cross at thisismyurl.com
Sat Sep 24 05:46:50 UTC 2011

Mike, I've often wondered about this myself.  There are some plugins that appear to be abandon on the Repository that I still use and would be happy to update moving forward but I'm not sure about the process for helping out in these cases. If you have any luck, I would love to know the proper method for updating them.


On 2011-09-23, at 10:17 PM, Mike Bijon wrote:

> I've recently updated a plugin that hadn't been touched in 2+ years. Does
> anyone here know what the best practices for updating the plugin on the
> WordPress Extend site are?
> No response from the author in a week after trying contact. Will the
> WordPress team grant me access to the original plug-in to publish the
> update?
> (BTW, this is it:
> http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/google-friendsconnect-widget/)
> Updating in-place seems like the best thing for the community since the
> plugin still gets downloads. OTOH, it could use a lot of new features now
> that the Google Plus APIs are out. Would I be better off giving the author
> credit in text & code files, then starting a new plugin that has "Google
> Plus" in the name?
> Thanks all, -Mike
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