[theme-reviewers] New Reviewer Standards

Chris Olbekson chris at c3mdigital.com
Mon Jul 26 18:17:10 UTC 2010

Thanks for getting involved.  The Codex page Chip linked to explains the
process pretty well.  If you don't feel comfortable rejecting or approving a
theme   do your review and add it as a comment on the trac ticket and either
leave it open or mark as suggest for approval then send a message to the
list and someone will take a second look for you.

Rejecting a theme is pretty easy because most of the time you will get a
bunch of depreciated calls and debug errors.  If the theme makes it past the
debug and depreciated calls plugin
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/log-deprecated-notices/ then it gets a
little harder because you will have to evaluate all the items on the Theme
Development checklist using the Theme Unit Test
http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Unit_Test let us know if you have any
questions and thanks for jumping in to help.

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On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 11:33 AM, Bruce Wampler <brucewampler at gmail.com>wrote:

>  I've noticed a few comments that say "review a few themes yourself" to
> help
> keep things moving. But I can't find a set of instructions on getting
> started.
> I would guess there are some some place? Specifically,
> How does one get assigned a theme to review, and what steps must one follow
> to be able to deny or approve a theme?
> It seems to me from reading the themes comments that:
> 1. It must pass the wp_debug message test.
> 2. It must pass the Deprecated Calls Plugin test (so there must be a plugin
> for that?)
> 3. I must properly display all the test from the test data (which is about
> to have a
>    new version released, I think).
> 4. It needs to support new wp 3 menus, and maybe other stuff? Which stuff?
> 5. Is there any judgment involved for how good the theme must be? Are
> simple
>    themes that just give a new color scheme enough?
> I would like to devote some time to reviewing themes, but I want to do it
> right, and
> I haven't found answers to these questions. So perhaps when someone replies
> to
> a question of "Why hasn't my theme been reviewed after a long time?" with
> "Help
> us by reviewing some themes", you could also point to a place that tells us
> what
> the next step is to do that.
> Seems like the current reviewers all know these answers, and assume it is
> easy
> for the rest of us to follow along. It isn't. It is scary to consider
> denying or approving
> a theme, and just trying to figure it out from following the conversations
> on this
> mail list is not enough.
> Thanks in advance.
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