Feedback from the users community is very important for open-source developers. And positive feedback is a great motivation for further work. In the Moodle plugins directory, we want to provide multiple channels how users can "pay back" to maintainers for their work.
Today, a new simple feature was added to the Plugins directory. It allows moodle.org users to mark plugins as their favourite ones. By clicking the "Add to my favourites" link at the plugin's main page, the plugin is put into the user's personal list of favourite plugins. The total number of users who have marked that plugin as favourite is displayed.
In the future, the full list of users can be displayed, too. Together with the information on what other plugins those fans like. It could even evolve into automatically generated suggestions based on the following idea: "If Alice and Bob both like and use plugins X, Y and Z, and Alice also likes and uses the plugin W, then Bob might be interested in the plugin W too."
You are welcome to help us to support the Moodle plugin authors. Let them know you appreciate their work. Mark the plugins you like and/or use as your favourite now.
Always good to not only give feedback to plugin developers but also get more information on plugins so this is an excellent step forward which I think will be appreciated by all. Couple of questions if I may:
- Download count is interesting information but usage would be more valuable to those looking for a given functionality - will usage be added? (I assume it could be extracted from the anonymous info passed back to the system from registered installs.)
- How do you remove a plugin as a favourite? (I just clicked the link by mistake on a plugin I have never used nor even looked at before.)
The current anonymous data we have available from the sites that check for available updates may suggest that the actual usage of plugins is significantly lower than one would think from the download stats. There is currently running an internal research project in HQ to analyse these data more, and interpret them properly.
You have the option to remove plugins from your list via the "My favourite plugins" report - see the Reports block at the top right corner of the Plugins directory main page.
Now please tell me the "My favourite plugins" report was implemented after I posted ... or do I have to go to an optician and get my eyes tested?
I think i had the same issue, Just. The report did not appear until iiked something goofy, panicked, and later hit page reload. The count is not updated by AJAX, but I still think this is a great and useful feature if for bookmarking capability if nothing else. Thank you again David.
Thankfully a very useful feature, and I hadn't even thought about getting this implemented!
Now I can safely get rid of my manually typed list of plug-ins.
is it possible to get something like, related plug-ins? as there are multiple plug-ins for similar tasks, like there are 2 certificate plug-ins, so would be handy if user can see all related plug-ins to choose from.