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I wanted to create a WP plugin. So I requested and my request was approved by WordPress.org But I don't want to develop that plugin anymore. How can I delete the repository forever or request its deletion.

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Good question. Curious about the answer too. –  MikeSchinkel Aug 16 '10 at 22:23
i had ask for this on the wp-hackers-list and all answers was insufficient :( Ia had also mail to wp.org and i had also no answer and solution I had change the readme.txt to no support for the plugin and also delete all files in trunk, copy to tags in SVN, thats all. –  bueltge Aug 17 '10 at 17:34

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Please mail plugins - wordpress.org and ask them to remove your plugin. Provide all infos and explain that you won't start to develop the plugin so the name should no longer be blocked.

I would use the same email as while registering the plugin (maybe even replying to it) and I think they will remove it after some days.

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I did this and it actually worked.. But did take a few days... Thank you very much.. –  User Aug 20 '10 at 16:11

From what I've heard, you can't really remove it from the repository. Besides that, you really shouldn't. Someone somewhere might still be using the code and might need the repository for reference. Or it might be a good educational tool later on down the road.

But if you want to stop supporting it (i.e. abandon the plug-in), there is something you can do ...

Upload a new readme file to the repository explaining that you're no longer developing or supporting the plug-in. Make the message large and the first thing people will see in the readme. Also make sure you put a reference in the description of the plug-in's core PHP file explaining that there will be no future versions.

If, in the future, another developer wants to take over you can always assign them as the owner of the repository. Otherwise, it will just sit there in the archives with its "This plug-in is no longer supported or being actively developed!" message to warn people away.

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I haven't put up anything in the repository yet... –  User Aug 16 '10 at 23:45
Then don't worry about it. If there's nothing in the repository, there's nothing to support. Though you might want to commit a readme file explaining that you have no intention to provide any updates. –  EAMann Aug 17 '10 at 14:32
You can delete it, look at the answer above... –  User Aug 20 '10 at 16:12
I misunderstood your question to mean that you had already submitted a plugin to the repository, not that you were just holding the name open ... but it's nice to know that plugins can be removed ... though I don't think any that have already been added ever should be as per my answer. –  EAMann Aug 20 '10 at 16:38

To remove a plugin from the WordPress repository, first delete the code via SVN. Then email plugins@wordpress.org using the email you registered with at wordpress.org (for the account that is the author of the plugin). They will delete it within a few days and email you back to confirm. They basically hide the plugin pages. The plugin slug remains blocked and your project can be resurrected if you can convince them to re-open it.

I did this myself this week to remove an old theme and plugin that I'd abandoned and that have since be superseded by other peoples work.

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You don't need to delete the code via SVN first. Just email the plugins address and let us handle it. And there is no themes address, as such. However, you can email the theme-reviewers mailing list and they can handle it for you. –  Otto Aug 8 at 13:32

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