What should we call "canonical" plugins? (Poll Closed)

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Poll posted 10 years ago.

26 Comments

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  • Alister Cameron // Blogologist - 10 years ago

    In a word, "CORE".

  • Karl R - 10 years ago

    While the poll was still open, I submitted APPROVED. Simple and to the point.

  • Frank - 10 years ago

    Certified

  • Tom - 10 years ago

    Premium tends to imply cost these days on the web - so it could certainly be confusing, especially when people turn to Wordpress because it's "free".

  • Alex Miranda - 10 years ago

    Being that the plug-ins are being built by a community of developers maybe we could call them Vector plug-ins. Although, I do like Core plug-ins. It makes it sound so much stronger. Like if it was a developed by a strong core of developers.

  • Rob - 10 years ago

    Use Canonical because it is an accurate description. Official? Standard? Official what? Standard what? Validated? Those terms are too vague. If I were to search WP archive of plugins I would certainly use the term canonical, and not something like validated. Think about how the user would search!

  • Steve Coates - 10 years ago

    My two bob's worth:
    Standard may be confused with (web) standards
    ditto Validated
    Core is confusing because if they're core then they should come with the wordpress core
    Premium has already taken on it's own meaning
    Official is a bit wishy woshy
    Canonical has other connotations (urls)

    so I also vote for the Certified suggestion.

  • Edward Kelley - 10 years ago

    I feel "Certified" is the way to go. We must keep in mind that most wordpress users are probably not techno savvy and the other proposed names appeal to those who are. Most computer users these days are already familiar with the term "Certified" since Microsoft has made such extensive use of it in order to ensure compatibility. "Certified" is well established in the public lexicon.

  • Brade - 10 years ago

    Several good arguments made here so far. The suggestion for "certified" is very reasonable and I agree it may be the best choice. Better construct a new poll! Of the options given, I think "official" is probably the best. But I will go ahead and write-in another vote for "certified."

  • lindenbranch - 10 years ago

    I voted for standard because it is a simple, commonly used adjective that reflects the role these plugins will serve, both as a measure of quality for other plugins as well as a standard for compatibility that is the goal of each WordPress version, since they will be an important gauge for developers.

    The only problem with it, if it is a problem, is that it may come across as too plain (bland even), and a more interesting name may be desired. I agree that canonical could be confused with the company behind Ubuntu, especially since there is some crossover with both being open source products. Core also would seem to denote a more intimate relationship than is actual. I think, if a different word had to be chosen, that Certified is about as good as it gets.

  • Daniel - 10 years ago

    “Exemplar”.

    “Core” isn't an appropriate term for something optional. Many of the other terms effectively disparage fine work when it's done by one developer or otherwise by a restricted development team. “Premium” will scare-off new users who fear that they must pay for them.

  • Stéphane Dion - 10 years ago

    I agree with Johnsee...

    What was described in your post is a certification process and requirements. So, we should simply call this "Certified", or "Certified Plugins".

    Certified Plugins, Wordpress Certified Plugins, Plugin Certification Requirements, Plugin Certification Process...

    It wouls then be easy to describe what you get with the "certification"

  • Tim - 10 years ago

    Canonical, the meaning fits the function and keeps it in a class of it's own.

    Seriously, if they were 'Core' they might as well not be plugins. It's sort of an oxymoron.

    I agree with mog, why dumb it down, I know what it means...now that I've looked it up!

  • Steve Taylor - 10 years ago

    I think "core" creates confusion because the main use of the word within WP is part of what plugins are defined *against*; "premium" has too many connotations with "paid-for"; "validated" and "official" seem to cast doubt on "unvalidated" and "unofficial" plugins, some of which may be just as good.

    I'd say "canonical", but if we really think we need plainer English, "standard".

  • Rob - 10 years ago

    Not Premium, it makes it sound like you would have to pay for them.

  • mog - 10 years ago

    Why dumb down a word when you have the chance to teach the world its meaning :) ..Canonical all the way, ..just don't ask me to say it fast too many times.

  • Rahul Bansal - 10 years ago

    Well I care less about name but the idea is amazing.
    There are like 50 "features" should have canonical plugins.

    I have one suggestion though:
    Rather than bundling plugins in wordpress, have them listed on page reachable from "Plugins >> Add New" menu.
    This way people will get another option beside current "Search" and "Upload" options.

    One step ahead, "Plugins >> Add New" should include support to search for plugins that are not hosted on worpdress.org
    This can be done using by having plugin authors create some XML definition file on their server. Something on lines of Mozilla or Linux RPM repos.

    Once again, this is really a great idea and I wish it to be executed soon. :-)

  • Alex Dunae - 10 years ago

    Definitely core. It's already used throughout WP, it doesn't carry any baggage and it is easy to understand. It also doesn't demean other plugins.

  • Leitchy - 10 years ago

    Canonical is tricky to say and could be confused with the people who deliver Ubuntu. But it's also the most accurate word ("authorized; recognized; accepted"; definition taken from Dictionary.com).

    A second choice could be Official; "authorized or issued authoritatively" (ibid.). While accurate, this is very, VERY boring. :)

    The rest aren't appropriate, IMHO. For example, Core means "the central, innermost, or most essential part" (ibid.), which plugins clearly are not.

  • SharpShark28 - 10 years ago

    My two favorite possible names for this idea is Verified and Certified (as Johnsee pointed out) because both push the idea of being made by the users. The words still make the plugins feel like they fit with the rest of the plugin database while still being special, unlike words such as "official" where we the users lose touch with it on a personal level. Verified or Certified makes a plugin special and secure while not over glorifying it or making it seem like it's a piece of Wordpress the developers chose not to include by default.

  • Johnsee - 10 years ago

    Certified

  • toddhuish - 10 years ago

    Canonical is my favorite but I was evenly split between that and "core". Regardless, it's a brilliant idea if somewhat complicated to implement.

  • Adam - 10 years ago

    Or maybe "Automattic" if that doesn't have too many misleading connotations.

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