Numbers… Plugins.. WordPress.

So, I’ve tried to write this post a few times so far, and never fully finished it. So this post is a bit of a cobbled together quick post, to finally get it all out there.

First up, My WordPress Plugins.

Many of you who use my WordPress plugins will surely know they solved a single simple problem rather well. Many of you will however realise that they’re severely lacking in features, bugs, and keeping up with WordPress Core..

Quite simply, I’ve had little time to dedicate to my plugins, and for that fact, to anything WordPress related. And one very strong feeling is coming out of it, I want to work on WordPress and new experiments, but my old Plugins really do not take my fancy that much.

I’m coming up to close to 110k downloads of my plugins in total,  that must mean a large chunk of users have them installed still.. Thats a mighty lot of people to leave out in the cold if a security issue comes up..

So today, I’m calling for volunteer’s who I can add as Contributors to my Plugins (and any other project I’ve got going for that matter). The idea is simply, I dont have time, They’re Open Source, People use them, Surely there has to be someone else out there willing to put a few hours in every month to take care of them? Some Plugin Developers can afford the time to fix up plugins, I cant, I’d rather spend it on Core..

There are a few rules which I’ll be enforcing however:

  • You need to run it by me before you make a new Release of the plugin (that’ll be relaxed if you show you know what you’re doing, and I trust your judgement)
  • You need to retain the current naming, licence, and Commit-often strategy to the Plugin’s repo.
  • You need to respect the code and functionalities offered, as well as the users of the plugin, Upgrades to new versions MUST work nicely with users existing data, re-writing the plugin from scratch will not be taken nicely (But refactoring is fine, and there will be exceptions of course)
  • You MUST follow the WordPress coding standards
  • You cant just work on new features and ignore any present bugs, Sorry, but both need your attention.

If you’re feeling up to the task, Feel free to leave comments here, or contact me privately (wordpress@dd32.id.au) to discuss it. Recognising your name will be a plus, But please do include some kind of  reference (ie. “Plugins X, Y and Z are mine”, “I’ve submitted x patches to trac recently” etc, I need to know you can actually code with WordPress..)

A List of my recent/active plugins:

  1. Add From Server – 38,720 downloads
  2. Core Control – 8,263 downloads
  3. TwentyTen: No Max Editor Width – 327 downloads
  4. Revision Control – 41,683 downloads
  5. WP-Su – 62 downloads
  6. dDeviantart – 3,032 downloads – This is a good one, I dont know if there is something else out there now, But I know a lot of people would love a more recent version of this plugin!.

Next, WordPress Involvement

Over the last few months, Well, Since WordPress 3.0 was released really, I’ve not been involved in WordPress that much, The number of commits I’ve made in that time has been well  below what I’d have previously had even just patched and posted to trac.. I’m getting rusty.

Last night I changed that, Starting from now, I’m going to attempt to slide back into the groove of working on 3.1, starting with [15651] and [15652] as well as 12659.diff. Finally giving Hierarchical Taxonomies Hierarchical URL’s (That needs testing Btw!)

I’m only following the SVN Commits mailing list, and Trac tickets which I have personally commented on, So if you’ve got a ticket related to Upgrades, Filesystem, HTTP, Taxonomy, or something else I might be interested in, Please leave a comment pointing it out, If its up my alley, I’ll look at it, It’s going to take some time to go through the 2,000 open tickets on Trac.. I used to keep up with it by watching the WP-Trac mailing list, Every comment would come through my inbox, I cant do that right now, so this is the next best thing.

Numbers

So there we have it, 2 Important things to me, and a tonne of numbers

  1. 110k – Well, 107,498 exactly
  2. 3.0
  3. 3.1
  4. 15651, 15652, 12659
  5. 23. Today I’m 23 years old, And I’m sitting here getting rid of things that I should’ve done in the last year
  6. 5. 5 Numbers? :)
  7. 854MB/day remaining Internet Quota until next month, Telstra, I HATE YOU. Stop charging your wholesale clients more than you reail services for!
  8. 9. In 2 weeks, I’ll have been able to commit to WordPress for 9 months, I can’t remember my first patch, but, Will certainly find it shortly.. From memory, My first ticket was closed as invalid, and the second was wontfix..  A idiotic thought on the first, and a removed feature on the 2nd (PressIT if you’re wondering, It didn’t work well in Opera)

Well, Thats all Folks, I think I’ve typed enough for today, It’s probably more than my previous years worth of blog posts put together really.. Even though it barely catches up to 900 words, That just shows you how much I blog. I must change that someday too I guess :)

12 thoughts on “Numbers… Plugins.. WordPress.

  1. Happy Birthday!

    You can put me down to help on Core Control, Revision Control and WP-SU.

    Like you I sometimes struggle to find time to work on my plugins but all of those look like ones that don’t need too much work :-)

    1. Cheers :)

      Nacin has put his hand up to help out on Core Control too, I figure between the 3 of us, it should stay updated?

      Wp-su, That was a fun little project, Probably a bit of a future for that plugin if it can get some love, polish and security testing :)

      in general, They dont need too much work, its mainly the motivation to get those small tasks fixed (or having enough sets of eyes to work out where a bug is coming from)

  2. Happy Birthday, Dion!

    Good to see you back on trac.

    My Deviant Thumbs plugin has been competing with your dDeviantart plugin for quite some time now. However, I don’t really visit deviantArt anymore, so mine isn’t updated either.

    1. i logged into DeviantArt today, to find over 9,000 deviations waiting to be viewed, As you can assume, i ran straight back out the door.

      Looks like your plugin does most of what i expected mine to do back in the day, So perhaps we just need someone to actively maintain yours so i can direct users to that instead :)

      (And thanks)

  3. “You need to run it by me before you make a new Release of the plugin (that’ll be relaxed if you show you know what you’re doing, and I trust your judgement)”

    So few offers forthcoming, to act as your unpaid assistant.

    1. So few offers forthcoming, to act as your unpaid assistant.

      To act as the unpaid assistant of someone who isn’t being paid and who has a reputation for releasing secure, well tested plugins.

      All he is asking is that the volunteer be willing to work with him towards a common goal and to help him ensure that he know what is going on.

      When you work as part of a team communication is key.

    2. As Westi said, I don’t get paid, nor do I seek donations for my plugins.

      I feel that as a name in the community, people expect a certain level of competency in the code released. If my name is going to be attached to it, you better well give me a chance to review the code!. I mainly included that to say, I won’t be handing over the reigns as such, It’ll be a project with multiple authors, I don’t want to let someone take the Plugin, delete functionality which I know people use, and release a update with only the part they like in it..

      There have been a few offers privately from people who were already sending me patches occasionally, and from those who use or recommend them, but havn’t had time to work on it themselves. Most have said they can’t take it on right now, However will be happy to help out in a few months time. This by no means means that there’s no need for anyone else.. I’d happily have 5 people working on a single plugin if everyone can work together towards the goal of a robust plugin.

  4. Happy belated birthday Dion. Outside of the plugins and WordPress core, what are your plans with WordPress QI? Been awhile since we’ve seen anything on that front. Noticing a good bit of search engine traffic from people looking for custom install profiles for WordPress.

    1. Thanks Jeffro

      QI is currently washed up on the rocks, just above the lapping water, It’s certainly not drowning quite yet, but revival seems to be a bit of a way off still.

      That being said, If I can get some motivation & time to focus on it more, It’s the -one- thing I’d like to get going again..

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