I hate the way WP does their plugin directory. Whatever decision is made regarding the plugin directory for CP, I strongly suggest that whatever rules are decided upon, stick with those rules.
It is really irritating to look at the rules over there and seeing the reality of what is allowed. As I have said many times in emails to them, their plugin directory is a cesspool. Too many developers are allowed to use the plugin directory as a sales page, contrary to the rules. If you have sections where sales are allowed, that’s great. But don’t let them overlap. Have a section for freemium so people have the opportunity to know before installing, what a plugin developer is doing.
I would also be careful about some of the “IM” people getting into the plugin directory and scamming users with their funnels. There should also be required agreement to terms (strictly enforced).
Of course, there is also the possibility of welcoming those “IM” people with a section that competes with the likes of jvzoo. Depends on what you want to do and how much headache you want someone to take on. One person wouldn’t be able to manage it, that’s for sure.
Honesty and not showing favoritism to some developers over others will be a nice change. Not that WP knowingly does anything like that…
If there is going to be a sales section of the plugin directory, then encouraging developers to have reasonable prices would be good. Downloadable software replicates itself. There’s no need to get rich off a few people. If there is a concern about supporting something that doesn’t cost much, I would suggest extra pricing for support, or coding with best practices in mind. Just a thought.
I really like the idea of open, honest & reasonable. Premium, Freemium & free, works for me.