First off I would like to say thanks to the other contributors who have been doing considerable work on the plugins, this was not and continues to not be a one man show. @analytically @rmc3 and @tas50
According to RubyGems, we are fast approaching 8000 downloads across 52 gems! To give an overall idea of the current state of the organization, we have a total of 154 plugins repos and that number grows by at least 1 every week.
On July 6th, we will be freezing the original community plugins repo. This is only a soft freeze for the time being and allows the team to ensure everything is migrated. On this date we will no longer accept new plugins or features to existing plugins. All new code will need to be pulled against the new codebase. Security fixes and bug fixes will continue to be accepted for at least 60 days, as will any issues related to these topics.
At this time I expect all plugins to be built into stable gems. We currently a CI/CD pipeline setup using Codeship and it appears to be working great and will go a long way towards ensuring stability. For those interested in this pipeline the codebase can be found here.
I stress, at no point will the community plugins repo be removed. After the team and the community are happy with the state of the new organization, the community plugins repo will be archived and any open issues of importance will be migrated.
We have also done a first pass at plugins specific documentation. Development Guidelines, including testing, have been updated and a basic set of installation instructions have also been created. A lot more documentation needs to be written as well as an easier way to retrieve it.
Along with metadata, each gem now has a post-install message telling users how to use the embedded Ruby which is the recommended way to use the plugins. Many other versions are supported but the less we have to maintain on our systems the better we all sleep at night
The final major piece to drop will be a new site that incorporates the documentation and a searchable plugin directory. This will go along way towards helping people find plugins that they can use.
May The Source Be With You