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What Now? No Way? Huh? (Plugin team whacks all his reviews!)

dancameron.org | Jul. 7, 2016 | 10 min read

Both sides have valid points, but honestly, the wp.org team handled this badly. Hope the guideline gets published properly.

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Vladimir Prelovac

Any manipulative behavior should be sanctioned. Although this borders on the 'manipulative behavior' the wp.org team response seems to be impulsive. I know how that feels, it is how I sometimes react to a spammer here on managewp.org. However wp.org has greater responsibility towards the WordPress community and has an obligation to handle these accounts in a more sophisticated way.

David McCan

In my opinion, soliciting reviews by offering a discount is manipulative. I don't think it is borderline. I agree that the response seems impulsive, though we only have one side of the story.

It is a hard knock for the plugin author who is trying to build a business to lose all of his reviews. Unfortunately, it is difficult to argue for 'fairness' when you were the party doing wrong.

The review teams are scrambling to handle the load and get guidelines in place. The term "whacks" in your title is about right, they are playing whack-a-mole.

Donna Cavalier

I'm totally in favor of the rule to be in place to prevent review solicitation. But the rule wasn't in place. I just wish there had been a little more cooperation and conversation between the two sides.

Flux Research

If you have detailed plugin guidelines that don't include the details that you're writing posts about elsewhere what are you thinking?

Weak, sloppy, user-unfriendly, not a best practice, not a good way to communicate, etc.

I hate to be harsh but this is no way to treat members of a community.