I know the 4.7 ‘please test’ email went out a bit late (WordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. US, blame Wapuu), but we did send it and just like last time, we’ve taken action the replies.
- If you reply and ask for a plugin 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 to be closed, we close it.
- If your email auto-replies, we warn you once. If you were warned previously, we close your plugin(s).
- If your email bounces we close your plugin or, if there are multiple developers involved, remove your account and notify them.
These actions are taken for security. If we have no way of getting in touch with you, or if your email is invalid, it puts your users at risk. Not to mention getting 2500 auto-replies is pretty frustrating.
Remember, it is a requirement that we be able to contact you. We don’t mind if the email is a group mail, but it should never auto-reply to anything from WordPress.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/. Just whitelist us (and yes, you can do that with ZenDesk read this ticket for details) and make sure nothing from .org gets a bounce reply. This will also make our servers faster, which I know you’d like.
If you can’t do that, you’ll need to change your email to something else. Do to that, go to
https://wordpress.org/support/users/YOURID/edit/ as the user in question and edit the email. Done.
On a happier note, less than 100 people had to be contacted this time around! It only took me 2 hours to sort it out, versus last time which was much higher. The majority of the issues came from new plugin developers, which is understandable, but a few of the long-standing devs had a rude awakening this morning, I’m sure.
Thank you everyone for understanding.