Opened 7 years ago

Closed 4 years ago

#3299 closed enhancement (maybelater)

Plugin Directory: Submission Blackouts

Reported by: ipstenu's profile Ipstenu Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Plugin Directory Keywords:


Either a big red button to turn submissions on/off or a way to schedule close times.

Reason: During certain events like WCEU and WCUS , the majority of the review team is not available. By pausing new submissions, we can lower the demand from users and set their expectations more clearly that ‘this week’ everything will be slow or not available.

This could be as simple as an on/off, or maybe a warning to submitters, or just a custom email.

Change History (5)

#1 @chriscct7
7 years ago

Wouldn't that possibly give the impression though to new-to-wp plugin authors that .org might not be taking any more plugins?

What do you think about a toggable + configurable notice that when on shows at the top of the submit plugin form as well as also above the submit button on that form for extra emphasis that could be used to let users know there is a delay (but also for other things because the notice could be configurable). That would also offer move flexibility for more situations possibly. The notice could be stylized as an error.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #meta by tellyworth. View the logs.

7 years ago

#3 @obenland
6 years ago

  • Type changed from defect to enhancement

#4 @dufresnesteven
5 years ago

Building on what @chriscct7 added...

We seem to set the expectation of wait times in the FAQ sections below the submit section and loosely by showing the # of plugins waiting for approval (I'm assuming that's why we show it. If that is the case, as a user I don't know the throughput. Is 100 a lot or a little?.. etc). Since the FAQ's are understated and just above the fold on desktop browsers (below on mobile), I think it would make sense to reiterate wait times after the submit happens.

As a plugin developer, I want to submit my plugin. I don't think a notice that it will take longer than expected would be of any value to me. I need to submit it.

After the user submits their plugin, should there by any known delay, we could update to copy to reflect the change. As it sits right now, this is an excerpt of what is shown:

"Thank you for uploading XXX to the WordPress Plugin Directory. We will review your submission as soon as possible and send you a follow up email with the results.

Above this, we could introduce the message that @chriscct7 is suggesting. We could also use that notice to engage the community to join the review team as well....

#5 @Ipstenu
4 years ago

  • Resolution set to maybelater
  • Status changed from new to closed

I'm closing this for now. It's proven to not be needed since we limited people to one submission at a time :)

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