#6864 closed enhancement (fixed)

Method for bypassing "Name is in use" upload block

Reported by: dd32's profile dd32 Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Plugin Directory Keywords:

Description (last modified by dd32)

The plugin directory includes some checks that abort the upload of plugins when we believe the plugin name exists "in the wild" (on WordPress sites, but not necessarily hosted by

Sometimes this causes problems, as the owner of a plugin comes along and wants to submit their plugin to, which they can't do without changing their plugin name.

Plugin reviewers should be able to either:
a) Generate a URL that allows a user to bypass the check for 48hrs; or
b) A way to list a plugin name as "don't block this plugin name"; or
c) An option for Plugin reviewers to upload a plugin "on behalf of.. <user>" that bypasses the same checks

I'm leaning towards (a) as it would allow for a means to bypass other "Do not allow submission" errors that currently exist (or exist in the future).

Allowing plugin reviewers to bypass the checks and upload on behalf of someone else kind of makes sense in a way (and is what I have done to resolve this in the past) but complicates things in ways that are not necessarily needed.

Change History (6)

#1 @dd32
15 months ago

  • Description modified (diff)

#2 @dd32
14 months ago

In 12507:

Plugin Directory: Move the plugin tools from the Tools menu to it's own dedicated menu.

See #6864.

#3 @dd32
14 months ago

In 12508:

Plugin Directory: Allow plugin reviewers to generate a one-time-use token to bypass certain upload restrictions (Trademarks and Active Installs).

This allows for plugin authors to submit plugins that would be otherwise rejected by the upload form, without requiring manual work-arounds.

These tokens are user-specific, and one time use only.

See #6864.

#4 @dd32
14 months ago

In 12522:

Plugin Directory: When a plugin is uploaded using an upload token, add a note to the plugin notes to indicate to the reviewer that it bypassed certain checks.

See #6864.

#5 @dd32
14 months ago

In 12523:

Plugin Directory: Redirect the old plugin tools URLs to the new url.

See #6864.

#6 @dd32
14 months ago

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

This has worked for a few people who I had test it, I'm closing this as fixed.

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