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I just notice that several of the plugins are locked and will not let me disabale them I cant un check them any ideal what can cause that ?
Q2A version: 1.88 upgrade
That's right, I also wonder why this is the case!!
Well atleast  iam not the only one having the problem
Just change Metadata Json
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Do  not understand what you mean?
Still waiting for a fix to this problem

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If you go to the folder of a plugin and take a look at the metadata.json file, you see that some have the option "load_order" "after_db_init". Plugins without this option are always loaded and cannot be disabled. So, if you want to change the behavior you have to set this values in the metadata.json
I do not believe that Had this problem before the upgrade just what exactly am I suppose to change to what in the  metadata.json  file ?
This argument was added in 1.8, so it is a new behavior. Just add the line

"load_order": "after_db_init"

to the metadata.json files. You find more information at the bottom of the page https://docs.question2answer.org/plugins/
Where exactly would I add it and is that with or without the quotes ?
As an example, here is the content of metadata.json for the Tag Cloud Widget that is shipped with question2answer (https://github.com/q2a/question2answer/blob/master/qa-plugin/tag-cloud-widget/metadata.json):

    "name": "Tag Cloud Widget",
    "description": "Provides a list of tags with size indicating popularity",
    "version": "1.0.1",
    "date": "2011-12-06",
    "author": "Question2Answer",
    "author_uri": "http://www.question2answer.org",
    "license": "GPLv2",
    "min_q2a": "1.4",
    "load_order": "after_db_init"

The last option is what is needed to make a plugin checkable.
Additional note:

Some older plugins do not have a metadata.json file. In those cases, all these information are in the beginning of qa_plugin.php. You can create your own metadata.json file by copying the values from qa_plugin.php to the metadata.json
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Do I have to do that for all the plugins not letting me un check ?
Alternatively just remove the respective plugins from the plugin directory, if you don't want them loaded in the first place.