For those who are researching other projects and how they handle plugins, please post your research results in this thread.
Note: If you are not talking specifically about the analysis of other projects and how they handle plugins, please stay out of this thread.
There have been way too many off-topic tangents lately that are only distracting us from the work that needs to be done.
Some off-topic comments have been unpublished. Please stick to presenting reports of other systems and evaluating the pros/cons of those systems.