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WordPress: You Get What You Pay For

Consumed => “WordPress Plugins – Return on Investment” by Eric A. Mann on his blog.

https://eamann.com/tech/wordpress-plugin-roi/

=> My value add (i.e., left a comment)…

Two thoughts…

1) Eric said: “In my book, you get what you pay for – my code comes with no warranties and no guarantee I’ll publish further updates or fix any bugs you find.”

Ulrich added: “I think it is important to clearly state this in the readme so that everyone is on the same page if that is how you feel….”

I would venture to say anyone grabbing their plugins via GH is pretty aware of “the deal.” I’m not so sure the same can be said of the less technical using WP.org as a source. Perhaps it’s time – and pardon me of suggesting this – the Add New Plugin process be improved to include an opt-in of sorts?

For example, “I understand this software…” with a checkbox. Basically, something that clearly communicates the terms of the “sale” and that requires an acknowledgement for the person doing the installing. I agree. Plenty won’t read it, but some will. It can’t really hurt and can only help.

At the end of the day most people believe Open Source is about them (i.e., free code, free support, free everything) when in fact it’s about the developer and his / her willingness to share (on an “as is” basis). I agree with Eric, more reasonable people operate under “you get what you pay for.” The disconnect between the two has a significant (negative) impact on all involved. If the The Product is The Experience then this is an opportunity.

2) It would be nice if there was some manageable middle group between individual dev’ing and forking. Mind you, I understand a dev can accept pull requests, but that often feels like the exception, not the rule. My point being, while a fork does represent a new starting point, it can in some (many?) cases represent concurrent development. That is, duplicate effort and/or wheel re-inventing. There’s certainly no shortage of WP plugins (i.e., quantity), what does seem to want is actively dev’ed quality efforts. How can more efforts be focused on a single damn-good product than multiple semi-average ones all coming from the same parent? Yeah, sometimes forking is great and appropriate. I’m just not so sure that’s always the best case.

Yeah, I agree. It’s a bit of a pipe dream. But that’s kinda my thing ;)

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