Does anyone care about the plugin repo?

Honestly, what team is in charge of it? The plugin repo needs so much help. Have you ever tried searching for a plugin. It’s painful. Here is what it needs.

Filters & sorting

Have you ever searched for something sorta generic and been overwhelmed when it said there are 2k items? There is such a thing as too many choices, especially when most of them aren’t what you are looking for.

I’d love to see filters. Ones for plugins that have been updated in at least the last six month or one that only shows plugins with at least a 4.0 rating. There are so many ones you could add that would really help people decide.

Sorting would be really helpful too. If you could sort by average rating, last updated, number of active installs, etc. This is a super basic feature, I have no idea why the plugin interface doesn’t have it.

Curation

This is the one that makes me the most angry. People are really against this as they are sure it will be abused. This is such a dumb worry. Put someone in charge and if they abuse their power take it away from them. It’s not that hard. WordPress has so many watchdogs it would be impossible to get away with anything. The fact that we can’t make things easier for users by picking out the good plugins among all the so so ones is infuriating.

Imagine if you went to Best Buy and asked an employee which laptop was the best. He told you that they weren’t able to give out recommendations as they might be biased towards a certain brand so customers just had to wander around the store and find what they were looking for on their own.

Pruning

There are so many old plugins that haven’t been updated in years, that developer has completely abandoned that still show up in search. We need to get stricter with this. People always argue that some plugins don’t need to be updated very often but if the developer can’t even make the time to at least bump the tested up to number every few years, they don’t care enough about their plugin to have it included.

Conclusion

I know stuff like this isn’t sexy and fun like Full Site Editing or Automatic updates but a change in this area will have a far greater impact than anything else people are working on. Come on, let’s do it.

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