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User:MichaelH/Responsiblities of Plugin Users and Authors

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programmers aren't doing plugins, because they're getting beatup by users with questions etc. so want to address that issue

Plugin User Obligations

  • owen's article
  • being polite
  • patience
  • it's free what do you expect?
  • follow instructions
  • research before asking do you homework
  • what version of WordPress using
  • what version of plugin
  • has the question been asked and answered
  • learn the software
  • good return email
  • leads to learning
  • read the faqs
  • form cogent questions
  • be concise
  • show link to problem
  • recompense the author
  • be professional
  • How to ask a quesiton http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
  • acceptable forum behaviour

Plugin Author Responsibilities

  • why to blog interact with readers
  • how the plugin author can prevent the assault.
    • write a complete description and usage examples (don't assume mind reading abilities)
    • Provide a space on your site - don't rely upon the Forum.
    • Understand that making a plugin is a commitment to provide support, too. that kind of knowledge helps diffuse things

because they've just been told this is going to happen.

    • Writing plugins isn't about fame, it's about giving.
  • some plugin writers talk about how they have to come up with something HOT to attract attention to their site. They want

the fame.

  • its got to be fun
  • take vacations
  • get help from others
  • off load support
  • get a life
  • quality
  • grow up
  • retain talent
  • be honest with yourself
  • balance
  • diversions
  • be professional