I saw Andrew @Nacin testing some forum posts earlier today, but didn’t think much of it. Now I know why he was doing it :)
As Nacin confirmed via Twitter, there have certainly been a couple upgrades to the WordPress.org Plugin Repository.
— Andrew Nacin (@nacin) May 18, 2012
And the following was RT’d by @Nacin, as confirmation fo the new feature.
Stoked to finally see a “Favorite” button in the @WordPress plugin repo.
— Jacob Dubail (@jacobdubail) May 17, 2012
First, there is a new “Favorite” button. This will let you easily bookmark a plugin for future use and easy access.
Additionally, there is now a “Support” tab for a plugin. This will help people easily be able to view any active discussions around a specific plugin. Before the case was just a sidebar element that had a few items via RSS from the support forum.
A user’s favorites can be be accessed by going to their WordPress.org profile page.
UPDATE: Thanks to @Nacin on G+, he updated me that the new changes were thanks not just to himself, but also to Scott Reily and Matt Mullenweg. Scott is known early on for creating a number of amazing plugins, authored at http://coffee2code.com and Matt Mullenweg, well, we all know who is Matt is :) Note, Scott boasts a massive 71 plugins on his Coffee2Code site, wow.
UPDATE #2: Matt posted on the WordPress.org blog about some more of the changes.