It’s in the wrong category, though, and should go to plugin. Since you explained you don’t have particular knowledge in coding plugins and relied on chatGPT for some parts, I’ll ensure the code is properly written before moving it to this category.
I tried it, and it currently doesn’t work indeed. On paper, what you are achieving with your plugin should be doable with a theme component (assuming Voice Recorder Component does more or less the same thing), which is way easier to install.
Another example of a plugin that was rewritten as a theme component:
Guys, it’s great fun to have a go at writing a plugin no-doubt and a very useful learning experience, and even more fun seeing if ChatGPT can help you write it …
… but deploying a plugin to Production and formally sharing it with the public does put the onus on you to support it going forward.
Relying on ChatGPT is all well and good as a productivity assistant but really you need to understand every line of code yourself.
I wouldn’t have a big problem with any of that if we hadn’t already had a Theme Component covering this functional space (albeit not currently functioning correctly)
Deploying a plugin to take its place is a step backwards as you would always want to deploy something as a Theme Component if at all possible so that it can be used more widely by more kinds of installs, are less invasive, and much quicker to deploy and remove.
You need to have a very good reason to revert to using a Plugin (and that reason may exist but would be good to elaborate on and justify).
I still think as a community we should aim to maintain existing assets when they break rather than creating new ones (unless of course, like the Guest Gate Component, there’s a chance to create a Theme Component instead, which would be a worthwhile improvement)
To that end efforts would have been better directed at PRing to imho:
I suspect the main reason that no longer works is because the original maintainer is too busy on other projects, but there is nothing stopping anyone contributing to the repo to fix it, has anyone tried?
There’s a limit to the amount of time members of Pavilion can devote to the numerous public contributions we’ve made over the years and the community really needs to pick up some of the load.
From dev point of view I totally understad you. But as an example of end users I would say plugin vs. component is not that big question, because we (or I am) upgrading constantly anyway, and all that matters is way to get job done.
We don’t need applications to record and upload audio. We have devices that can do it (anyway, almost because Apple still dislike MP3), but it is not very streamlined workflow. One button is, no matter if it comes from plugin or component.
Those who are hosted at lower price points are often restricted to Theme Components for customisation, and that’s almost certainly a significantly larger population, so by switching to a plugin you are cutting out a lot of sites.
Of course you and I don’t have this particular restriction.
it is actuallly a very big deal since so many instances are hosted, and plugins are also further limited by hosting tiers. theme components have some limitations but also offer much more flexibility and ease of administration for those who are not self-hosted.
I really just needed a simple solution to facilitate the audio recording workflow. If you, as a veteran in this space, feel inspired to transform the plugin into a theme component, I’d be happy to assist you and answer questions about the source code of the plugin.
If you don’t, I might be able to come back to this eventually, I just can’t say when I’ll have the time
I’ll keep at it, because I do agree about the advantages of Theme Component over a Plugin (and it’s always most preferable to have both options, because Plugins do still have some advantages over TCs!)