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  1. Ernest Smuga

    I was thinking of doing this for a plugin that is in the WordPress repo. Do you think it would get flagged or remove because it goes against “phoning home”?

    https://developer.wordpress.org/plugins/wordpress-org/detailed-plugin-guidelines/#7-the-plugin-may-not-%e2%80%9cphone-home%e2%80%9d-or-track-users-without-their-informed-explicit-opt-in-consent

    • Justin Tadlock

      In part 1 of this tutorial, I mentioned that I talked this over with the plugin review team. I was told it was OK.

      Technically, this isn’t “phoning home”. Phoning would be sending data from the user’s site back to my site. That’s not the case here. If it were, the user would have to explicitly opt into the feature.

      In this case, it’s the user’s site that is getting data from my site. To put it into perspective, another example of this sort of thing would be a Twitter widget listing all of a user’s tweets. They’d have to retrieve the tweets from twitter.com, for example.

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