Excluding Akismet from Future WordPress Releases
|Reported by:||sc0ttkclark||Owned by:|
This issue was more mute prior to the shift in Akismet's 'keying', which previously just required you to have a free WP.com account to hook up to the API. Since Akismet now charges for access, or solicits fees by default for Personal website activations (when you go through the sign up process, it defaults at something like $5 with a slider that lets the person choose how much they want to pay). It's not immediately apparent that 'free' is an option within the slider, but that's not the primary issue here - I digress :)
The issue is that Akismet is no longer free for EVERYONE. It's only an option for Personal sites, and in certain cases. What if someone has multiple personal sites? They click that option and they are categorized into a Professional plan, which has a fee associated to it.
Since the plugin directory itself has officially been described (and in practice) to have a restriction that explicitly prohibits functionality be disabled from a plugin behind a Paywall, why wouldn't that apply in this case?
I certainly don't mean to rock the boat, but this brings up a number of important questions.
The plugin has a potentially confusing signup process that does lead people otherwise categorized as Personal site owners, to pay for the service while it's advertised under the plugin description that it's 'free' for Personal use. This produces a grey area of sorts, which puts this plugin under a sort of Paywall, which could be alleviated in a minor way by modifying the signup process. It still doesn't clear the air on how the Paywall for professional sites can be officially allowed versus a full Paywall. Perhaps someone who officially represents the WP.org Plugin Directory or WP.org can clarify the undocumented (not shown at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/about/) Paywall restriction for future reference.
Besides the plugin itself now finding itself in this grey area, it's bundled with WordPress by default and presents what could be described as an unfair market advantage for Automattic's product offering, sort of like anti-competitive business practices. I feel weird saying that, but I'm not throwing stones here. Just saying what it feels like, even if the core developers say it should be included, I'd say it now doesn't cover the 70/30 rule (or whatever the amount is).
If Akismet is allowed to remain in the plugin directory as is, and within WP core, then would other plugins be allowed to be included in the plugin directory that follow the same Paywall model and signup process?
Change History (31)
- Milestone Awaiting Review deleted
- Resolution set to maybelater
- Status changed from new to closed
comment:7 @sc0ttkclark — 4 years ago
- Summary changed from Excluding Akismet from Future WordPress Releases / Plugin Directory to Excluding Akismet from Future WordPress Releases
comment:21 follow-up: ↓ 25 @chipbennett — 19 months ago
- Cc chip@… added
- Resolution maybelater deleted
- Status changed from closed to reopened