As a server owner and plugin user (not a plugin creator), I would like to suggest a feature for plugin creators. Just a thought I had when thinking about how there are some really great plugins by new or very busy authors who could really benefit from some guidance or bug-fixing help from senior creators and coders.
My idea was to hook up emerging content creators with more established creators or coders for a period of time, perhaps long enough to really get the plugin up and running without too many serious bugs or issues. I’ve seen a few very interesting plugins kinda drop off the radar as the author is unable to bring the plugin to a ‘recommended’ or ‘release’ version, and I wonder if a little help from those in the community who are good at coding could make all the difference.
As a plugin user who knows basically no coding, I do what I can to help by reporting bugs through various means, and I noticed that the authors either do not have the skill or the time to fix the issues. Maybe some help or guidance in the coding department could help…?
Thoughts? Could be a fun, helpful thing to help grow the community. Maybe there is even a team of mentors that go from mentee to mentee, helping our plugin database grow and become more reliable.
There are a few plugins I had in mind, the big one being the Project World, Core, Inventories, and Portal series. For me, this is an essential plugin, providing the ability to have a multi-world server. I love the plugin and really appreciate that the author has taken time to create it. Not to sound ungrateful, as I can only imagine the amount of time and knowledge that goes into creating a plugin like this: It suffers from a bit of polish, though, and from what I understand in the comment section, the author was struggling with some code and their ability to tie nicely into Sponge. Perhaps someone who knows about Sponge and all it can do could be a real benefit, or may even be able to change the way Sponge functions with a change on that end. Who knows…
Anyway, that’s just some thoughts and a suggestion. Maybe this already kinda happens in some unofficial way. Perhaps making it a ‘thing’ could make it more visible and encouraging for new creators.
Hope it can help. I’m loving Sponge and the community here.