As of yesterday, I have joined the WordPress.org plugin review team. We are the group of people that moderate all of the plugin submissions to the official plugin repository. This is a volunteer position, but one that I’m very happy to be helping out with.
Every plugin that is submitted to the repository is reviewed for security problems, copyright issues, and other general problems with the plugin.
As everyone knows, there are a lot of bad plugins on the repository, but this is getting much, much better over time, especially as more strict review policies are implemented.
I will be reviewing plugins that are in the queue several times every week and will be doing all I can to help ensure that plugins with security flaws and other problems do not make it into the repository, at least not easily.
By joining the team I should also be able to help get plugins through the queue faster, so if you’ve had to wait a long time for your plugin to be reviewed in the past, the waiting time should be much shorter now, simply due to an extra set of eyes.