tl;dr: I will be stepping down from 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 reviews by 1 July, 2023.
I will be stepping down from plugin reviews this year. I have been a part of this team for over a decade (and the rep for the majority of the time) and recognize a departure like this can be confusing, and could cause people jump to a whole lot of assumptions about the why.
This is a personal decision and has nothing to do with my passion for WordPress. It is a 100% personal, non-WordPress related, decision I made long ago (I told the team in July ’22). Suffice to say there is life ‘stuff’ going on and I cannot devote the time I once could to plugin reviews.
Many people have noticed and complained, with varying degrees of empathy, about the sudden uptick in delays with reviews (be they new plugins or security related). Those delays are directly related to that ‘stuff’ going on. I simply am not available as much as I was, and out of fairness to myself and the community, it’s time for me to retire from plugins.
We’re trying to figure out an onboarding doc, some demo plugins to help people test, getting people in a place where they can fill in the gaps. But this is not a fast process. We’ve actually never had real onboarding (I was thrown into the fire when I stepped in), and it’s going to be a challenge get a team to the place where they have as much weird plugin knowledge and gotchas as I have from my 10 years of experience.
There will absolutely be a learning curve for the people who step in after me. Things will be missed, things will be confusing, and mistakes will happen. I ask everyone be kind and patient.
I understand it became a one-woman show and I apologize for not asking for help and stepping down sooner before it became a crisis. At that point, it was impossible to set up a flag for help without causing these kinds of delays. But things like this happen out of your control, even when you plan. None of us expected the world to spiral like it did in 2019/20.
What’s next for me and WordPress? Writing and managing my plugins, developing code, and being around for some questions. I won’t vanish in the night, but after a decade? I think it will be good for us all to have someone fresh in there.
Some quick answers:
- I’m not sick or dying.
- We don’t have an announcement of the new rep.
- We are still working on onboarding and figuring that out.
- We have reached out to people and they are actively being onboarded right now.
So again, I ask we all please be patient with all the changes coming. Once we sort out onboarding, we hope to be able to invite even more people, just like you, to the team!