@brummer brought this up in GxKnightFuzz and I’ve been thinking about it and I’m not sure these two categories are very clearly defined. I understand the process well now of how plugins get in one or the other, but especially with regards to pedalboard sharing, I think there’s a bit of an issue.
For example: brummer loves fuzz and has a bunch of fuzz pedals, I understand that we probably don’t want 200 fuzzes with only slightly different characters in the official plugins list just because its overwhelming to someone just looking for a distortion. But what happens when 3 good fuzzes are added to official? No more fuzz can ever be added to the official repository?
AFAICT its defined as
Official - plugins that every user will see, the cream of the crop
Community - everything else, buggy ones that crash your system, ok ones that are stable but not that exciting, gems that haven’t been promoted or already was a crowded category in the official repo
The real concern for me as a dev is that you cannot share pedalboards that use community repo plugins. This is a good idea because if some unstable plugin gets downloaded through a shared pedalboard and borks my MOD I’d be upset. But what about the 197 other good fuzzes? If someone makes a killer pedalboard using one they cannot share it, and then nobody will discover that this fuzz is pretty good.
As a dev this is demotivating to add things to the community repo, especially if something similar is already in the official repo. One could argue though that it will motivate developers to work hard to make the best fuzz, so it will get added to offical.
I think the best solution would be to add all the fuzzes (that qualify) to the official repo but have some sort of system that will show a short-list of them to a user, based on something like user likes, or ratings. This solution is not without problems, such as user bias making good, unrated plugins remain unnoticed, but I think it may work.
Alternatively allowing community plugins to be shared and adding a 3rd category of “untested” plugins that are new but disallowed from pedalboard sharing could work.
Maybe I’m just overly paranoid that my plugins will never be “discovered” but I would like to see what the community and MOD team thinks about this. Just some conversation would help.