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 (email@example.com) 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:
- Add From Server – 38,720 downloads
- Core Control – 8,263 downloads
- TwentyTen: No Max Editor Width – 327 downloads
- Revision Control – 41,683 downloads
- WP-Su – 62 downloads
- 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  and  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.
So there we have it, 2 Important things to me, and a tonne of numbers
- 110k – Well, 107,498 exactly
- 15651, 15652, 12659
- 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
- 5. 5 Numbers? :)
- 854MB/day remaining Internet Quota until next month, Telstra, I HATE YOU. Stop charging your wholesale clients more than you reail services for!
- 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 :)