[QGIS-Developer] Do we really need experimental and non-experimental plugins?

DelazJ delazj at gmail.com
Thu Aug 30 02:19:05 PDT 2018


Maybe I am late on this discussion. I agree that showing experimental
plugins by default and asking our base users to manage updates from
experimental to stable versions may not be a simple task, nor a desired one.
But what about showing experimental plugins by default when they are new
plugin ie, showing ALL NEW plugins, be it stable or experimental? I mean,
when you publish a plugin the first time, you may put it in an experimental
status so that users test it and help you fix major issues before an
official stable release. But as an experimental plugin, the number of
potential testers is really limited given that not all plugins devs have a
real place to inform users about their plugin (and if nobody knows that
your plugin exists, no one would test...).
Then when the plugin publishes its first stable version and it's installed,
experimental version notification is no more shown, unless the user checked
that option. (*no idea of the amount of work this requires*)

Btw I can see that there's a PR at https://github.com/qgis/QGIS/pull/7748
that plans to visually mark experimental plugins so testers would adopt it
I think this would also be a way to educate users about the need of


Le mar. 28 août 2018 à 08:11, Richard Duivenvoorde <rdmailings at duif.net> a
écrit :

> On 08/27/2018 10:17 PM, Borys Jurgiel wrote:
> > Dnia poniedziałek, 27 sierpnia 2018 06:21:17 CEST Paolo Cavallini pisze:
> >> I agree with Nyall. Furthermore, I'm also -1 on showing deprecated
> >> plugins. These are mosty useless, sometimes dangerous. I ask to revert
> >> the change ASAP.
> >
> > Don't worry, it's still a PR (and there are no deprecated 3.x plugins
> yet ;)
> > Richard, do you want to defend this idea or shall we close the ticket? :)
> Mwa, I like simple things, so if people think this is simpler to handle,
> then forget my ticket :-)
> Richard
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