WordPress has launched a most awaited feature on their plugin repository. Until now wordpress users could only see the no. of downloads for each plugin. This total could be from various version of the plugin and same user also could have downloaded. Most of the wordpress users choose plugin on the below criteria
The number of downloads will be counted when each user downloads the plugin, but users might deleted those for various reasons not compatible, not working, theme dint support, etc,. So this will not affect the numbers shown on the plugin directory.
As wordpress has introduced ACTIVE INSTALL count, it would be useful for the users to choose from. An excellent feature to show the STATS of downloads by version is also introduced. Hope this will enhance and increase the Plugin Directory usage more.