Goodbye wordpress.org


Goodbye wordpress.org

So long, we were the suckers… :(

Four years after going to the wordpress repository, and 189,795 downloads later, Transposh will be leaving the wordpress.org repository.

Apparently, all this time our widget had a link to our site, and although it was possible to remove it, this was against the wordpress.org guidelines.

This is a guideline that we can not accept, we believe that we deserve credit for our work. Not less than twitter, facebook, or any other well known company providing third party widgets out there.

We also can not accept the fact that our plugin will be removed without notice, and without any time to make changes, right out of the blue.

We can not accept that messages that we post on the plugin forum will be removed just because the moderators don’t like them, or decide that they are against rules that they have created themselves. Rules they don’t want to reconsider.

They are free to make any decision they like, after all, its their hosting and their rules. Can’t ignore that, luckily enough we don’t have to accept them.

If you want to complain, don’t complain here, try and complain on the forums, but my guess is that you will be moderated, wordpress.org is not a democracy, nor is it a GPL compliant site, everything there must be free, in cost, and in speech, that is the reason you got tons of crippled plugins that only serve as promotion to a pro version. This is also what they suggested that we do with Transposh. And we don’t like it, not one bit.

If a next version will ever be uploaded to that site, it will be a crippled version, (without any links here, for sure) and not the most usable version. The latest version (non crippled) will be served right here on the download page. To which we will now have to add an update mechanism.

Feel free to discuss this in the comments here.

So long wordpress.org, and thanks for all the fish.

  1. #1 by freeyorker on May 1, 2013 - 11:42 am

    that’s unfair. You was a reason why i came to wordpress. I’m really disappointed in wordpress moderators. You deserves more just a one tiny link.

  2. #2 by Grant on May 1, 2013 - 3:48 pm

    Well, I hope you are able to keep it running.

    Maybe you can start a campaign to tell WordPress we all are not so happy. I started using WP mainly because of your plugin.. it’s a huge advantage for SEO & links on Google. I’ve been a webmaster for 17 yrs and to get me to stop using Dreamweaver & switch to WP.. it was because of Transposh. :)

    • #3 by ofer on May 1, 2013 - 5:43 pm

      Thanks for the kind words, you can take this to the wordpress forums, and let the moderators know, but I don’t believe this will help much.

      I guess the non wordpress solution will be coming up much faster now.

  3. #4 by Walid on May 1, 2013 - 5:34 pm

    Wow that’s so sad, where can we complain??

    • #5 by ofer on May 3, 2013 - 8:27 pm

      You may complain on the wordpress forums, but I don’t think anyone will listen.

  4. #6 by Jimbo on May 1, 2013 - 10:48 pm

    Well this is really bad news. I didn’t think the WordPress team treated plugin developers like this. They need to reconsider their actions. Like you said, the link can be removed and that could be done for a long time now. What is the problem? Your points are more than valid and I have used your plugin on a lot of my sites, which has brought me a lot of extra traffic as well as increased the sites footprint in Google. I back you guys in this.

  5. #7 by Child Themer on May 2, 2013 - 9:09 pm

    Well that is just horrible. I don’t get what the big deal is. I’m glad you are still offering the plug in as I use it on a few websites.

  6. #8 by Francois Lachance on May 3, 2013 - 3:16 am

    WordPress is terrible,the only thing that make wordpress good is the community of developer like you guy’s,who put a lot of effort for no money and very little recognition.You guy did terrific job with this plugin and hope you will continue to do so even after that.Best of luck

  7. #9 by Luis on May 3, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    Agree with Francois. WordPress is terrible without developers like you.

  8. #10 by Haser on May 4, 2013 - 2:01 pm

    i think that this wordpress rule is for prevent the google penguin penality and save this site from penalty.

    • #11 by ofer on May 4, 2013 - 2:20 pm

      An interesting idea, but I thing we are quite able to handle google without wordpress.org patronization, and also – it is allowed to have a link on your widgets, ask facebook, twitter, sharethis(quickest page to rank 10), and many others

  9. #12 by Ana Kelly on May 5, 2013 - 9:44 pm

    I am so sorry to hear I have been using your plugin for years not and I love it….
    I hope you keep maintaining it.

    Thanks again

  10. #13 by Ibon on May 6, 2013 - 12:42 pm

    I would like to tell you that I completely support your decision :)
    Keep on rocking dudes ;)

  11. #14 by Otto on May 8, 2013 - 2:43 am

    For the record, you’re perfectly well allowed to have the link in your widget. The rules on WordPress.org only state that the link must be an opt-in link, not an opt-out one.

    You’re welcome to have your plugin on WordPress.org when you decide that you want to abide by that particular rule.

    • #15 by ofer on May 8, 2013 - 11:35 pm

      I am ok with the situation as it is now. I did use to have a “proudly powered by wordpress” on my pages, which accidentally comes with the theme I have installed (and I think the default themes has it too, not opt-in). This is no longer the case, because I am much less proud of that.

      If this rule will be reconsidered (you can read a few users comments here, about expecting this, being ok with this, singling out, etc.) I will reconsider.

      I also strongly believe that closing a plugin with something that has been there for 4 years, which is not a gaping security hole is the wrong action. Only a month ago I was a bit offline, and would probably have not been able to handle this for a good while. I do suggest that you take your time to reconsider said policy (give a notice, some reasonable timeframe, whatever). This was never such a critical issue, that required the use of such force.

      However, thanks for your willingness, and your time, hope we’ll meet in the future on better terms.

  12. #16 by mr green on May 8, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    (You’re welcome to have your plugin on WordPress.org when you decide that you want to abide by that particular rule.)
    thanks Otto to be there and clarify
    Ofer that good news We love your(our) plugin
    Transposh must be alive

  13. #17 by Wolfgang Bloomfield on May 8, 2013 - 10:20 pm

    Hello, I just wanted to say thank you very much for transposh plugin, it’s an excellent tool, I have downloaded it from your site, and I am proudly displaying your link.

    I can’t understand why you have been singled out, as many plugins have links to their site from them, there is nothing wrong with this as it is a free plugin, so you should at least get a link from it.

    Wolfgang

  14. #18 by Niels Jakob on May 9, 2013 - 10:56 am

    Hi

    Thanks for your work – I really enjoy your plugin, and I hope you will be back on WordPress soon. In the meantime, how do I update to the full version? (I need other widgets than the default) Should I uninstall the WP plugin, and download+install the plugin from your download section? Or will that erase all of my current translations?

    Best,
    Niels

    • #19 by ofer on May 9, 2013 - 1:05 pm

      Hi,

      This will not erase your translations, the way you suggested will work. There is another way though
      1. Upgrade from wordpress.org to version 0.9.3
      2. Go to the settings and check “upgrade to the full version”
      3. Check for upgrades again (you might have to force this)
      4. Upgrade to the full version (currently 0.9.3.1)

      Good luck

      • #20 by Niels Jakob on May 9, 2013 - 2:23 pm

        Thank you so much – I used your last suggestion, and it worked great!

  15. #21 by Marc on May 9, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    I accidentally upgraded to 0.9.3 via wordpress repository, but now missing flags. So uninstalled and downloaded version from your site. Plugin will not installed, it says no valid plugins found. Now I am missing your translation tool from our site.
    Please help….
    Thanks
    Marc

    • #22 by ofer on May 9, 2013 - 3:18 pm

      Will check this, however, please read my other comment on how to upgrade from the repository.

      • #23 by Marc on May 9, 2013 - 3:29 pm

        Hi, thanks for your reply. When I checked back at your download page I saw the 0.9.3.1 link. I had to delete the files from 0.9.3 and then install 0.9.3.1. It is working fine now, with flags restored. Thank you so much, and I am sorry for the situation with WordPress.

        Our website spreads the Word of God around the world, and I want you to know that your translation engine is integral to souls being saved.

        God Bless you!
        Marc

  16. #24 by Sushyant Zavarzadeh on May 13, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    wordpress can’t be an multi language cms without transposh! there are many translation plugins for wordpress but all of them are useless :D I’m so happy for using transposh and helping for persian language support. :)

  17. #25 by FanaticWeb on May 18, 2013 - 11:38 pm

    Hey Ofer, its you know who :)

    Just to let you know that my issue was fixed when I reuploaded the fixed version you put on the server back then, not sure how or why, but it fixed it.

    Now I see what you meant by your plugin being removed from WordPress, really sad, I really think both parties should settle and meet half way on this misunderstanding, for everyone’s sake.

    I just upgraded to the latest version, so far so good, will monitor the stats and traffic hoping the previous issue wont resurface.

    Thank you for keeping Transposh alive.

    • #26 by ofer on May 19, 2013 - 12:04 am

      Happy to hear your problem is gone, wishing you luck in the future :)

  18. #27 by Artem-Nomad on May 27, 2013 - 9:18 am

    Hi Ofer
    Thank you very much for the Transposh plug-in. The WordPress rule is not fair. I’m totally on your side. Upgraded to the full version and proudly display “translated by Transposh” link.
    Your plug-in is the most convenient to use.

  19. #28 by shaady on June 24, 2013 - 10:37 pm

    is the plugin still working on word press website’s who already installed the plugin, you may could provide a download link from an un official repo…?!

    • #29 by ofer on June 24, 2013 - 10:40 pm

      The download on the wordpress repository leads here, you can check the download full version, and do an upgrade, alternatively you may visit the download page here.

      Good luck

  20. #30 by Chris on June 26, 2013 - 2:15 pm

    Downloading update from http://svc.transposh.org/transposh.latest.zip…

    Download failed. Forbidden

    • #31 by ofer on June 26, 2013 - 2:29 pm

      Something on your server is probably blocking this, please try downloading manually and see that you are able to access the file

  21. #32 by Marco on August 15, 2013 - 7:59 pm

    I agree. WordPress Staffers, as far as i’ve realized, are really doing a very bad job.
    They delete your forum replies just because they want to be the ‘First’ to reply or decide that your answers aren’t complete (i could give you 2 names, but i’d prefer not) and want to offer their personal paid services by linking to their professional profiles (yes..). This is the only black side of WordPress, and hope this will be changed..

  22. #33 by Dave Main on August 20, 2013 - 2:28 pm

    Know what you mean about broken plugins promoting pro versions. One kindly word for it – pathetic.

    Will favorite your site. Will keep track. Fantastic Translator.

    After your translator all the rest aren’t even 2nd best.

    • #34 by ofer on August 20, 2013 - 10:34 pm

      Thanks for your kind words

  23. #35 by Mike on December 20, 2013 - 4:31 pm

    The amount of work that you guys have put into this plug-in is astounding.

    I do work for non-profit healthcare organizations and I cannot tell you how much your plug-in has helped us communicate with our hispanic population.

    Just to go in and add our own translations is fantastic.

    Bravo my friends… it’s just too bad how WP has made it difficult for you to promote yourself.

    I will be recommending you, for sure. Word of mouth is sometimes the best promotion.

  24. #36 by Bogdan Storm on December 31, 2013 - 2:47 am

    Please don’t leave this field and keep Transposh alive.
    If you want we can talk about making it profitable and I will help you with ideas regarding that.
    You don’t need WordPress website to promote your work.
    Keep optimism UP and let us help you.
    Thanks for outstanding work and making your plugin one of the best I’ve seen since … ever.

    Bogdan

  25. #37 by Eva on January 15, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    Please.. don’t stop!
    I’ll gladly pay to keep support on it.

  26. #38 by Madenza on March 17, 2014 - 11:03 pm

    Hey, I LOVE your comments on the WP.org site where your plugin got a one star rating. Your passion for what you do is reflected in these comments. Kepp @ it.

    A New Fan :)

  27. #39 by James Hilliard on June 2, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    The mods at wordpress should really reconsider this travesty of reasoning. As you point out… EVERY share button is a link to another’s site. The facebook plugins define such… HOW DARE YOU TRY TO UNITE THE WORLD OUTSIDE OF GOOGLE TRANSLATING EVERYPAGE!!!

  28. #40 by BALYAN on July 10, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    do not
    do not
    do not
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