[theme-reviewers] Goals and Process

Gavin Pearce GavinP at tbs.uk.com
Fri Jun 11 13:07:18 UTC 2010

Agreed almost completely.

Not convinced about 1 - 5 ratings mind, you start to open up the process
to the whim of individual reviewers again.

Checklist should check for items that are:

	* Critical items - No go, instant fail..
	* Less critical - You get a 'advisory'. 

If you're template has more than X amount of "advisories", it doesn't
pass. (Similar to the format of the UK Driving Test).

I guess you could also get a different amount of "advisory points"
depending on the problem, but it starts getting overly complicated
again. Personally I think keep it as simple as possible - this will
result in a much better consistency of what quality of template we

If built around this model, you can start to add extra criteria to
improve the general quality of all templates, e.g.:
	- To get a V2 version of the same template into the system, the
author first has to demonstrate they acted upon at least some of the
advisories issued first time round.

Thoughts?       :)


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I concur.

I'm thinking that Joseph (Joe?) is getting several people started on an
initial theme review, in order to give us some better context for coming
up with the more formalized process.

That's what I'm doing with my first review, anyway: just going through
TDC and evaluating the theme against each of the checklist points.

I think, once we've got some context by reviewing an initial theme,
better be able to evaluate what criteria are critical/required
and which ones are more subjective (1-5 rating, or whatever) - as well
how each subjective criterion (or category) should be weighted.

Of course, my first theme assignment is taking a bit (sorry, Joseph -
one you gave me threw about five errors right off the bat!), so it may
be until the evening or tomorrow morning until I can report back on it.
the meantime, I'm appreciating the opportunity to read everyone else's
initial take on the review process.

(As for getting the feedback to the theme authors themselves: I assume
Joseph is handling that?)


> Hi David,
> I agree with your points. I was thinking something like a scorecard
> What I understood so far, is that we will go to check the theme
> the listed points from Theme_Development_Checklist, right? Is this our
> only job?
> I would appreciate a clarify from Joseph too.
> Regards,
> Daniel
>> Hi Joseph (and everyone else),
>> First, is it Joseph or Joe?
>> Second, can you clarify what exactly the goals are of a theme review?
>> What are we trying to accomplish? I realize we are trying to improve
>> quality and reliability of themes, but how is that going to work?
>> You've assigned some theme reviews to participants here, but they are
>> reporting "problems" back to us, not to the author to fix.  Is there
>> process I am not seeing?
>> It seems to me, and I apologize if I am speaking out of turn, is that
>> all of the information on
>> could be turned into a scorecard.  It's already broken up into
>>  Give each bullet list a line item with a 1-5 rating or a y/n and set
>> comment section for free form comments at the end of each sub
>> Then a theme submission could come in, be assigned to 3-5 of us, and
>> each complete a scorecard.  (heck portions of it could be automated.)
>> Then send these scorecards back to the theme author where they can
>> digest what they have done right, and what needs improvement.
>> being too rigid, this process is crying for some formality of method.
>> This also gives the theme author feedback, but not at the whim of one
>> reviewer since some of the points (aesthetics in particular) are very
>> subjective.
>> Just a thought...
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