Plugins repository - suggestions for improvements
I have suggestions towards the plugins repository, it needs to get some improvements.
This post deals with sorting of the plugin repository, with suggestions on how to improve. It also deals with plugins that have gone Github-only, but still listed here.
Take a look at this plugin as an example: http://vanillaforums.org/addon/shwaipbot-plugin
The website says "UPDATED 6 JUNE", and then when the user clicks the plugin, the latest version was 1.0.1 DECEMBER 2013 .
As a user it is currently not obvious and intuitive to figure out:
- What are the newest plugins in the repository, most recently added to the plugin repository
- What are the latest updated plugins
It should be possible to see
- NEWEST PLUGINS
- RECENTLY UPDATED PLUGINS [VERSION]
- RECENTLY UPDATED PLUGINS [INFORMATION TEXT]
The reason for the distinction between Recently Updated plugins VERSION and TEXT is that it seems the website is showing "Updated 6 JUNE" but that's only the information text on the plugin, and it has nothing to do with the version.
On plugins with
Also there should be GITHUB links to the plugin repo, and a github to its latest version tag which points to the plugins' zipfile archive.
It is now very common for some plugin authors to say "please use github for all correspondence, I will not follow this website any longer". This is fair enough and and I think the website needs to improve to take this new development into account.
It could even have a "latest/last commit" infobox, pulled from github, so that the viewer will know if the development of the plugin has stalled or not.