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#3502 closed enhancement (fixed)

Remove WordPress version dropdown from forums

Reported by: Clorith Owned by: dd32
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Support Forums Keywords:
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Description

When creating a new topic on the WordPress.org forums you are asked to fill in your current WordPress version.

This field is often ignored, or the user doesn't actually know their own version and just pick the most recent (it's not always very obvious what version you are on for the average user).

Because of this, let's remove this field to avoid information "noise".

This seems to be a simple matter of deactivating the wporg-bbp-version-dropdown plugin, just commenting out the actions and filters is also an option, but I'm not sure if other things on .org utilizes the plugin?

Change History (4)

#1 @joyously
13 months ago

This seems funny to me, since there is a ticket for removing the WordPress version from showing very prominently in the admin, as if hiding the version number helps people.
But I can see that having bad data in the forum threads doesn't help.

#2 @dd32
13 months ago

  • Owner set to dd32
  • Status changed from new to accepted

Disabling the plugin on the Support forums seems safe.
Localised support forums will also need the plugin disabled, and Rosetta tools will also need updating to not activate that plugin on new support sites.

Noting that it's used in these themes with function_exists() checks:

@Clorith FYI It's disabled on wordpress.org/support now.

I think there's potentially other things we could do instead - Only showing the last 10 major versions, the latest version, and defaulting to I don't know, for example: 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, 4.9, 4.9.4, I don't know That might help with the decision of what to select and hopefully make the information more useful to volunteers?

Last edited 13 months ago by dd32 (previous) (diff)

#3 @Clorith
13 months ago

  • Type changed from defect to enhancement

I think keeping it removed is fine, also keeping in mind (as Joy mentioned) that every now and then a reminder for the desire to eventually "removing" versions from core and make it as fluid at updates as Chrome pops up, making this field even less useful.

#4 @dd32
13 months ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from accepted to closed
  • New rosetta forums won't get it activated
  • Existing rosetta forums have had the plugin deactivated
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