Active Install Data Story Update: Not a breach but abuse of an endpoint
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Active Install Data Story Update: Not a breach but abuse of an endpoint

John James Jacoby has been the main source of (unofficial) information about the removal of active install statistical tracking for plugins in the WordPress.org repository. On Friday, he provided more technical details on the WPwatercooler podcast.

Post Status Excerpt (No. 70) โ€” Trust and Distrust: Microaggressions, Active Install Growth Data for Plugins, and Open Source Security
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Post Status Excerpt (No. 70) โ€” Trust and Distrust: Microaggressions, Active Install Growth Data for Plugins, and Open Source Security

In this episode of Post Status Excerpt, Dan and Ny take on three issues in the WordPress community that can threaten or impair trust while also revealing how foundational trust and healthy communication are: 1) racism and microaggressions, 2) the sudden removal and uncertain fate of the active install growth chart in the WordPress.org plugin repository, and 3) open source and security. Briefly discussed: emerging US federal policy that aims to secure open-source software. Zero-trust architecture might work well for networked machines, but human relationships and communities need trust.

Active Install Charts Removed from Plugin Repo
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Active Install Charts Removed from Plugin Repo

In reaction to as-yet-unpublicized details about the abuse of active install data in the WordPress.org plugin repository, the charts displaying that data have been removed from plugin pages in a move expected to be temporary. Important (and some familiar) questions are emerging as this story unfolds: how to balance the values of openness, security, and privacy as well as cooperation and competition at WordPress.org โ€” still the central hub for WordPress plugin businesses.

Building Your First WordPress Plugin: Live Webinar Friday

Join WP core contributor and developer John James Jacoby for this live coding workshop on Friday, June 26, from 1-3 p.m. Central.ย  JJJ will walk through best practices and steps for building your first WordPress plugin. JJJ is co-author of Professional WordPress Plugin Development (2nd Edition) and will be joined by fellow authors Justin Tadlock…

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