In January 2009 Matt Mullenweg was somehow overwhelmed because the 4 000th plugin was in the wordpress plugin repository. He was in such a good mood that he announced January 28 to be the official “Thank a Plugin Developer Day”.
Nice move, but … what actually happened to that day? And is it wise to take every of Matt’s announcement for granted? It’s one thing to push a little reminder to users about thanking their plugin coders of which many do provide their services without asking for a single dollar, yen or euro. But it’s something else to establish such a day.
It looks like that this year Matt is not lucky about plugins any longer. The archives in the official wordpress blog for Januar 2010 are empty regarding the celebration. I’m not the only one who is wondering, over there at weblog tools collection, Scott Ellis announced March 1st as WordPress Plugin Developer Day – even he as WP insider was in the miss of the date.
Before yourself gets lost in this: Just thank your plugin developer any day you feel that’s sweet. Shot him or her an email, if you can spare a dollar or two – why not, get her some books or just ask what would be pleasing for him / her. Or flowers? Or Diamonds? Or invite them to your cities next PHP Usergroup, Wordcamp or whatever meetup. And next year, there is another chance for either January 28 or March 1st or name your own date here. Believe me, it just feels great 😉 .