So I looked all over to try and find some kind of rules, or at least some common-courtesy guidelines, concerning this issue and couldn't find anything.
Essentially I'm wondering what I should do when I find a WordPress plugin (free, listed within wordpress.org/plugins/, and includes the GNU GP License) that I think could seriously benefit by adding a given amount of functionality to it.
After altering the code and including the new functionality, do I:
1) Submit it to the current author of the plugin and hope that he/she adds it in?
2) Submit the "new" plugin to the WordPress plugin listings as one of my own?
3) Avoid either of these options. Just change the plugin and only use it for myself.
4) Do something else that isn't listed here? (Implies that suggestions be made in the comments section.)
From a licensing perspective, I can't see any prohibitions against making any of these choices. I don't know how moral it'd be to take the code, alter it, and then sell it as a premium plugin, but that doesn't seem to be prohibited by the GP License either.
What's the best practice for this situation? Obviously I don't want to offend the original author of the plugin or do something that'd make me look bad in the WordPress coding community. Still, in this case that I'm up against, I think the plugin would seriously benefit from this added functionality.
What say ye?