A change to api wordpress org temporarily broke…

A change to api.wordpress.orgWordPress.org The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. https://wordpress.org/ temporarily broke the APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. that powers the pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the WordPress.org Plugin Directory https://wordpress.org/plugins/ or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party install screens in your WordPress dashboard. If you saw “An unknown error occurred during the API request” when going to Plugins → Add New, it was us, not you.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

I’ve created a bug report to improve the error message shown to users, in the very rare event that something goes wrong on wordpress.org. That should be included in WordPress 3.4 (and is hopefully an error message you will never have to see).