[sc:internet-category ]Here’s a question for you… how often do you rate and review the apps and services you use?
I’m not talking about the big ones like Microsoft and Google, everyone know about those and if they want to use them. I’m talking about the smaller ones.
Recently I’ve posted about the various WordPress plugins I’m using and they are all free and from the WordPress Plugin directory. The plugin directory has rating and review built-in to it but I hadn’t gone through and done any reviews.
So I took some time and wrote each and every plugin I use a review and rated it.
After all it didn’t cost me anything more than a little bit of time.
Out of this process came a few questions:
- If I’m rating a plugin from 1 to 5 stars, what constitutes a 1 or a 5?
- Should you rate a plugin low ever?
- If a donation link is present should you take the next step for those plugins you use?
The rating is a hard question to answer, I don’t use plugin’s that don’t work and there’s enough plugins in the repository that I don’t use plugin’s that only do half the job. So I came down to ignoring anything but a 1 and a 5.
The second question is harder to answer and I still don’t know if I like what I choose to do. I didn’t rate any plugin as a 1. Mostly because I was going through plugins that I use all the time and for it to rate a 1 would mean it basically didn’t work.
Perhaps in the future as I try new plugins I might rate them low, but I haven’t had that come up yet.
The third question is still an outstanding question for me. I feel like the answer is yes, but I don’t make any money off of my blog though that really has no bearing on the question. I suspect I’ll go back through the plugins I use and make some donations in the near future.
Along those lines there are a few plugins that I’ve donated code to so in that respect those plugins are taken care of 🙂