It looks like I may carve out a niche for cranky WordPress plugins. This could either be seen as a personality flaw or as a perfect fit within open-source culture. In either case, WordPress makes it easy for irritable people to release plugins to change what they don’t like about it. I’ve done so twice recently.
Kill Adminbar Search
WP 3.1 introduced the admin bar, which is generally quite useful. However, because WordPress’s search is generally not useful, having the search field take up so much real estate is somewhat frustrating. So, I made a plugin to remove it. You can download Kill Adminbar Search from the plugins repo.
Use Helvetica Dangit
WP 3.2 (currently in beta 2) has revamped the admin styles. It looks good, but we’ve made the grievous error of placing Arial before Helvetica in the font stack, which I protested. What we should do instead is simply declare
font-family: sans-serif; and be done with it: this would render Helvetica Neue on Macs, Arial on Windows, and whatever Helvetica-like default system sans-serif is set on any given Linux distro. But, since my plugin is optional, I’ve declared every Helvetica variant under the sun, because nobody should have to look at Arial if they don’t have to. Download Use Helvetica Dangit from the plugins repo.