[Product-Developers] Add-on products for Plone 3.0/3.1 not listed as compatible with current 3.2

Graham Perrin G.J.Perrin at bton.ac.uk
Sat Jan 3 09:50:33 UTC 2009


Q1: Was/is there an expectation, written or unwritten, that developers of a
product for Plone 3.0 should update the product's listing at
<http://plone.org/products/> three times, even if the product is not
updated? 

That is: changes for versions 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3 of Plone, all of which are
distinct from 3.0 within the menu at /products 

Observation: 

* false impression that for the current version of Plone, there are very few
compatible add-ons, for example 
<http://plone.org/products?getCategories=themes&getCompatibility=Plone+3.2>
only two compatible themes

* the reassurance "all products that work with Plone 3.0, 3.1 & 3.2 should
also work in Plone 3.3" <http://plone.org/products/plone/releases/3.3>
(comparable expressions at pages for /3.1 and /3.2) are proper, but for
someone who is (a) new to Plone or (b) evaluating prior to download, simply
searching for compatible add-ons can yield a list that's far smaller than
the truth — without hint or explanation.

Q2: if (now) all pages for products that were compatible with 3.0 and/or 3.1
are updated to maintain their presence in search results for 3.2, then might
<http://plone.org/products/search_rss?portal_type=PSCRelease> imply a range
of updates for products that are effectively no different from their
predecessors?

Background: 

* <http://plone.org/products/plonesoftwarecenter/issues/78>
> offer an option for browsing and searching to return 
> only the most recent version of a product

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Responses to these questions may prompt an improvement suggestion at
<http://plone.org/products/plonesoftwarecenter/issues>.

Thanks
Graham
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