[wp-hackers] Need a clarification regarding wordpress.org plugin guidelines for the new version of our plugin

J.D. Grimes jdg at codesymphony.co
Sun Dec 22 16:21:38 UTC 2013

You should contact plugins at wordpress.org with this question. I don't think this is what is meant by crippling, but of course that is just my opinion.


On Dec 22, 2013, at 9:26 AM, Eric Hendrix <hendronix at gmail.com> wrote:

> .ics functionality is available in other calendar plugins for free, so
> users could just jump onto another bandwagon. In my opinion, you're
> definitely "crippling" or removing a function that was previously available
> and asking payment for that functionality again.
> Probably a mistake in marketing terms. Your "draw" is this functionality in
> the free version, and much more spectacular advances when the user upgrades
> to the paid version.
> Again, my opinion only.
> On Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM, Nicola Peluchetti <
> nicola.peluchetti at gmail.com> wrote:
>> The plugin is http://wordpress.org/plugins/all-in-one-event-calendar/. We
>> currently have three versions ( lite ( the one hosted on wordpress.org,
>> standard and pro on our website http://time.ly ). We are currently working
>> on version 2.0 which will unify the codebase and then we will sell
>> extensions from our website.
>> Our plugin provides a calendar for our user’s sites. One of the features we
>> currently offer in our free version is an ability for users to pull in
>> events on .ics feeds. This lets them easily populate their calendars with
>> events. We are working now on a 2.0 version and we would like to remove
>> this feature and have it available in our paid plugin extension. We feel
>> this feature is really for people who are using their calendar’s to
>> aggregate events. These are our event curators, and fit our model for Pro
>> users. We will be offering a temporary discount for our current users
>> allowing them to update to 2.0 and reinstall this extension for free.
>> We are concerned that we do not run afoul of rule number 5 in the plugin
>> guidelines, specifically- "Similarly, you cannot "cripple" functionality in
>> the plugin and then ask for payment or provide a code to unlock the
>> functionality”.
>> We do not believe this is crippling our plugin, as the core functions of
>> the calendar all remain, including offering site visitors the ability to
>> subscribe to events using their personal Google and Apple calendars,
>> however the term “cripple” is somewhat open to interpretation.
>> What do you think?Is there someone i could ask directly?
>> *Nicola Peluchetti - Senior PHP Developer @ Timely*
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