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.