[wp-hackers] Richer metadata for plugin versions

Kevinjohn Gallagher kevinjohngallagher at hotmail.com
Wed Jul 11 19:31:01 UTC 2012

"Update. Immediately. Always."

Thats just kind of unrealistic in the real word brother.
I mean, it's not about plug-ins that ship with bugs, its that some plug-ins add random UI changes, move from being accessible ro inaccessible, or add in "news" meta boxes on the dashboard.
Take the latest Yoast's WP SEO. Brilliant plugin. Moving form 1.1.8 to 1.2.1 added 4 new columns of crap in the default post, that make it unreadable - especially if using a fairly standard for non-geeks 1024 monitor.
In a world where you're dealing with Governments, Education or Charity bodies - you can't go trusting plug-ins (or WP .0 releases) to not screw you over. And many of our "non-geeky" clients/users have learnt that.

> From: otto at ottodestruct.com
> Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2012 08:26:16 -0500
> To: wp-hackers at lists.automattic.com
> Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] Richer metadata for plugin versions
> On Wed, Jul 11, 2012 at 1:57 AM, David Anderson <david at wordshell.net> wrote:
> > One challenge when maintaining a lot of websites is, to know which plugins
> > need to be updated immediately (e.g. a zero-day security hole), and which
> > not (perhaps on your client's website it is better to wait a week - some
> > plugin authors upload code with fatal errors in, or they add new bugs and
> > fix them 2 hours later, etc.).
> You should update any and all plugins immediately when there is an
> update available, period.
> If the plugin author has a habit of introducing new versions with
> bugs, then you should stop using that plugin and find a different one
> instead.
> I do not see it as a good idea to introduce anything which even
> remotely suggests that it is okay to not update. It is not okay.
> Update. Immediately. Always.
> -Otto
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