Please make it easier to find community plugins

Use case or problem

I am very glad that so many community plugins have been released recently. However, it is becoming more difficult to find plugins that have the features I want or that are actively being updated. I would like developers to add features to make it easier to find plugins.

Proposed solution

Some ideas:

  • Sort community plugins by update date
    • We would like to be able to sort the plugin list by update date in order to find plugins that are still actively being updated.
  • Tagging
    • I don’t know if developer tagging or user tagging would be better, but tags for plugin attributes such as ‘daily notes’, ‘hotkeys’, ‘tables’, etc. would make it easier to find plugins. Maybe a tag like “Most downloaded in June 2022” would be nice.
  • Community Plugin category in the forum
    • This is not about Obsidian program itself. Currently, threads about specific plugins in the official forum are mainly in the Share & showcase category, but they are also distributed among Feature Requests and Plugin Ideas. It would be easier to consolidate information if we create “Community Plugin” category and have one thread per plugin (or multiple threads for complex plugins) there.
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I don’t personally need to sort by update date — normally there are only a few candidates for whatever need I’m trying to fill — but I’d like to see the update date in the plugin listings.

I’m not sure tags would add much over the existing descriptions. Most plugins I’ve seen include a long description, and the plugin search reads those descriptions.

I would like to see the Community Plugin category, but definitely not with one thread per plugin — that makes it hard to scan for info (already a problem in Share & Showcase). Maybe Community Plugins should be Community Plugins & Themes, as I’ve seen some very long threads about themes in Share & Showcase.

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I think https://obsidian-plugin-stats.vercel.app/ has everything you requested.

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@CawlinTeffid
Yes, even without the sorting function, just showing the update date would be helpful. Community Plugins & Themes might be more appropriate, as some plugins are closely related to CSS themes.

@Denna
Thank you for telling me excellent site! I still think it would be beneficial to add such features to Obsidian, but that site would be a great help to me in my search for plugins.

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I agree, I was also just looking for a ‘recently updated’ option in Obsidian itself. This website is nice, but don’t see why we shouldn’t have it in Obsidian itself either

Use case or problem

Looking for useful plugins has become easier with sorting options but…

There are still far too many to keep track of.

Updates, new plugins, outdated plugins, duplicate plugins, and new user overload.

Proposed solution

Add something like VS code has…

  • Recommended plugin section
  • Filter options:
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  • Plugin viewing options:
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  • A rating system

Related feature requests

Please make it easier to find community plugins
Hide unwanted plugins from community plugins list

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There are now 600+ community plugins, and we may know that we’ll never use some of them for some reason:

  • no more maintained by author
  • a newer plugin does a better job
  • too specific for our usage

So I think it would improve QoL if we could exclude the community plugins we don’t want to see anymore in the list.
It may be a core feature, but a plugin could probably do the job.
What do you think?

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Stars :star::star::star::star::star: and categories

Use case or problem

The number of plugins available is increasing, which is a good thing. However, the number of downloads does not always reflect a plugin's utility or quality in practice.

Proposed solution

To address this, I propose implementing a system of 5-star ratings to better reflect a plugin's quality. Additionally, categories could also be implemented to further organize plugins, but this would require more thought and consideration.

And you do some pushes and you have no answer.

And having the date of publication of the plugin could be useful