The team at WebDevStudios has done some pretty complete visual mockups of what they view as an improved widget / sidebar management experience. I really like where they are heading. It's more visual and more consistent with where other parts of WordPress are moving, such as menus and media. I'm glad someone has this idea fleshed out so that the conversation of what will actually happen with the widget interface (probably sometime between WordPress 3.8 and 4.0) can have a baseline to start from.
Good ideas for the future of data disclosed to plugin authors using the wordpress.org repository:
1) Identify surges of unhappy users reacting to a bad release — and the opposite, happier outcome.
2) Use pageview analytics to estimate total potential user interest and conversion rates.
3) Assess a plugin’s performance with the .org search algorithm, the quality of releases, and plugin incompatibility as well as PHP compatibility issues.
4) Collect significant user behavior data anonymously without phoning home.
5) Just reveal all the raw data with privacy options for individual authors — no interpretive analysis on wordpress.org.
BONUS: Let’s take this discussion somewhere else!
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