Doc Pop’s News Drop: Mass Deletion of Unused WordPress Plugins

Doc’s WordPress News Drop is a weekly report on the most pressing WordPress news. When the news drops, I will pick it up and deliver it right to you.

There are over 9,000 plugins that have been approved, but the developers never uploaded the code. It’s believed that many of these developers submitted their plugins just for free security review or just to squat on a plugin name. So the WordPress Plugin Review Team have announced they will start deleting these “unused” plugins from the repository.

This week we’ll talk about a few of those unused plugins plus we’ll have some news from our friends at WordCamp Europe. 

Love WordPress News, but hate reading? My name is Doc and this is Doc Pop’s News Drop.

As of today, there are 55,210 plugins in the WordPress repository. These plugins are what make the WordPress ecosystem so powerful and modular, but did you know there are over 9,000 plugins that have been approved by the plugin review team, but the developers never uploaded the code?

That’s why the WordPress Plugin Review Team have announced that they will soon begin deleting unused plugins from the repository. Just to be clear, these aren’t plugins that haven’t been updated or installed lately… the term is specifically referring to plugins that have been approved but the developer never uploaded the code.

The idea is to stop people from squatting on domains and make sure if a developer registers a plugin, they are uploading that plugin to the repository. If a plugin hasn’t had code added after 6 months, it’s going to be deleted. And if you keep submitting multiple unused plugins, the team will start marking all of your submissions as pending.

According to Mika Epstein, the head of the review team,

“Every time you submit a plugin, a human being downloads and reviews your code. If you’re submitting with out a plan to actually use the hosting, you are abusing the finite resources, and taking away from everyone else who is using the directory. Worse, we’ve found out some people like to get a review as a ‘free’ security review instead of hiring people for that work,”

That’s not cool y’all.

Emily Schiola has a great post about this on, which you should check out for more information.

Now let’s check in with Jenny Bueamont, the lead organizer of WordCamp Europe to hear what’s new behind the scenes.

Thanks Jenny!

That’s it for this week’s News Drop, head over to our website for more WordPress news, interviews, and cartoons, and stay tuned next week for another WordPress News Drop.

Doctor Popular is an artist and musician living in San Francisco. As a full disclaimer, he is neither a doctor nor popular.

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