Back in 2009, WordPress released the Plugin Compatibility Beta feature on the official WordPress plugins repository. This feature was created to help users avoid or have less problems with plugin compatibility issues. For those who are not familiar with this feature, this is how it works: the user downloads the latest version of a plugin and installs it on a specific version of WordPress. The user then provides feedback by specifying whether that version of the plugin Works or is Broken when installed on that version of WordPress.
Recently, while I was upgrading my plugins I noticed that inspite of the huge number of WordPress users there are very few and sometimes no feedback provided for certain plugins, even some very popular or widely used WordPress plugins. It could be that the plugin works so no one bothers to provide feedback or most users are just lazy to do it. Below is a screenshot for the WPTouch plugin and as you can see, there are only 2 persons who provided feedback for it and one of them was me.
With Feedback and no Feedback
Since its introduction, I always make sure I login and provide feedback for all the plugins I use. I do this not only for myself because it helps me keep track of the plugins I use but to also help the community. Its okay if the plugin works but if it’s broken or has compatibility issues, users should provide feedback and specify that its broken to prevent other users from installing that plugin before it gets fixed. This procedure also helps plugin authors know whether there’s a problem with their product. I know that many active plugin authors keep track of this and on the official WordPress forums. But nevertheless, broken or not, any type of feedback provided for all plugins will be beneficial for the entire community.
If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog and use plugins for it, please take the time to provide feedback for the plugins you use. It only takes a few minutes of your time but it does a lot in helping the community. Btw, you need to have a WordPress account to be able provide feedback.
Anybody else who uses the WordPress Plugin Compatibility Feature? If not, what keeps you from providing feedback? Any thoughts or opinions regarding this issue? Please share it with us.