[wp-hackers] Thoughts on Softpedia and PHPKode Directories?

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Mon May 14 13:35:38 UTC 2012

I received the same notices. Several places mirror our files in this
manner. We don't really have the power to stop them, given that the
files are GPL they're allowed to copy and redistribute and so forth. I
think it's relatively benign. Somebody installing these will do update
checks through .org as per normal, and get notified of the newer
versions like everybody else.


On Mon, May 14, 2012 at 7:55 AM, Jackson Whelan <jw at jacksonwhelan.com> wrote:
> Recently after releasing a new plugin, I received messages from
> webscripts.softpedia.com and phpkode.com, congratulating me on having my
> plugin included in their directory.
> I went to check it out, and while it seems benign, I am leery of them
> hosting my plugin archive - which seems to remove some of the control I have
> over distribution and making sure that the most current version is what is
> downloaded. It's unclear how and when changes I make to the official
> WordPress.org repository get applied to their hosted version.
> I imagine they are scraping the new plugin releases from WordPress.org and
> using them to create more content on their site.
> Personally, I'd prefer to channel everything through one distribution
> channel, and have asked to have the plugin removed.
> Does anyone have any experience with this? Curious to hear what others have
> done or think of this.
> Thanks in advance,
> Jackson
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