If you are opposed to auto updates because of concern for theme/plugin quality then you are using the wrong themes and plugins. #WordPress
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Keep your WordPress Plugins updated people. No excuse is good enough not to. If you can't because of custom code your doing it wrong.
Run a WordPress site? Keep it updated. Someone else run it? Make sure they update it. Thinking of starting one? Remember to keep it updated.