[theme-reviewers] Can't upload theme due to Gravatar validationproblem

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Sun Aug 29 22:09:24 UTC 2010

You can use comments_template() all you want (in fact it's required if
you show comments, as there's no other way to do it), but you have to
have a comments.php file to go along with it. Without that, you're
relying on the "backwards compatible" support provided by the core,
which is not guaranteed to be in the next version of WordPress.

Make a comments.php file in your theme.


On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 4:58 PM, Trevor Turk <trevorturk at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Thanks again for your help. I really do appreciate it. The reason I'm
> making this theme is actually to iron out all of this stuff. When I
> went searching for a theme to use when coming back to WordPress after
> a failed attempt to switch to something else, I was having trouble
> finding a real "minimalist" theme in the sense that I'm going for
> here. I wanted something that did as little as possible while offering
> what I consider to be the base level of functionality so that I could
> build my own thing from there. So, maybe that helps to explain what
> I'm going for.
> Anyway, I've uploaded a revised version of the theme here:
> http://trevorturk.s3.amazonaws.com/simple.zip
> This should cover the things that Philip mentioned.
> It sounds like the jury is still out on how to support comments in the
> most minimal way possible. I do want to have comments for sure,
> though. Am I for sure not allowed to use the "comments_template"
> function? I was actually really happy to see that, and thought it was
> a great idea, so I'll be sad if I can't use it. If not, it sounds like
> I'd be best off switching to using the "wp_list_comments" directly.
> Plus, I'd have to figure out how to do the "new comment form" in a
> simple way...?
> Your help is very much appreciated. Thanks again!
> - Trevor
> On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 4:37 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:
>> On Sun, Aug 29, 2010 at 4:32 PM, Philip M. Hofer (Frumph)
>> <philip at frumph.net> wrote:
>>> Otto he's using a bare minimal, index.php style.css with screenshot.png
>> But if the Theme is calling comments_template(), then it is designed to
>> support comments, right?
>> So, that needs to be incorporated correctly: a comments.php with some
>> implementation of wp_list_comments().
>> (Or, pull wp_list_comments() directly into index.php.)
>> Chip
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