[theme-reviewers] Posts without Titles

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Thu Apr 21 01:03:56 UTC 2011

The Theme Unit Test data will never be able to cover every possible
scenario. To be completely honest, I've disabled comments on every post
except for "Comment Test" for two reasons: to simplify the single-post view
of all other Posts, and to minimize attempted spam comments and trackbacks
(on the actual wpthemetestdata.wordpress.com site, primarily).

Also: in order to "enable" all of the Post Format types, you need to install
a Theme that supports all of the types, and then assign the appropriate type
to each Post. (Among the Themes available on WPCOM, none supported all of
the Post Format types at the time that the last export was created.)

For the time being, I would recommend treating ALL of the Post Format types
as special cases. In general, they must still meet the existing
requirements, but allow a bit more creative license for their
implementation, provided that the Theme developer fully documents the design
intent so that the user knows what to expect, and how to use the Post Format
types properly in the Theme.


On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 6:02 PM, Shawn Grundy <smgrundy at live.com> wrote:

>  There are also situations for other post-types, such as status, where
> typical display of the posts can be unique. For instance, I had a project
> where I there was a text-bubble message next to the logo on a page and the
> client wanted to use this space for announcements, current project links,
> etc. I used the status post-format and then displayed the most recent status
> in this bubble. But because this status post was for a particular area of
> the theme, there was no reason to have it display in the index on the blog,
> so I just created a custom loop for the blog and cut-out this format
> altogether. That's the great thing about post-formats and custom post-types,
> they can be handled separately from the typical "blog post".
> In the case of the theme test, at least for the theme where this question
> came up from (I was the original reviewer). This was for a theme that was
> intended to serve as a "blank slate" (which is the name of the theme too),
> so, there really wasn't any custom styling or functions in place to handle
> posts without titles. The test post, which is a regular post...is intended
> more to test situations where users "forget" to enter a title. If that
> happens, should the post not be accessible? I can tell you that this
> particular test post does not have enough text to trigger an automatic
> excerpt, so on one hand....it is displaying the full content of the post,
> but the comments (if any) should be accessible via the
> comments_popup_link(). Perhaps this test post should consist of several
> paragraphs and have some comments in place to check the comments link and
> perhaps a continue reading link.
> There are no comments for this post (disabled) and the entire content only
> consists of a sentence, but it states very clearly that a link "MUST" be
> present to the sing-page view. Again, though, without comments or more text,
> there's really nothing more to access for this particular post....
> I would suggest that the test post for this scenario at the very minimum
> should have comments enabled and have at least one comment....or better yet
> more content and comments...then it would at least make sense to require
> such a link without a title.
> > From: otto at ottodestruct.com
> > Date: Wed, 20 Apr 2011 16:48:49 -0500
> > To: theme-reviewers at lists.wordpress.org
> > Subject: Re: [theme-reviewers] Posts without Titles
> >
> > On Wed, Apr 20, 2011 at 4:32 PM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>
> wrote:
> > > ... user testing of such Themes might give us a better idea of what
> users prefer
> >
> > Well, you know the open-source philosophy: Users are the best user
> testing. :)
> >
> > -Otto
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