[theme-reviewers] Mandatory fields and elements for posts and comments

Mario Peshev mario at peshev.net
Wed Aug 3 22:22:42 UTC 2011

Hello reviewers,

I'm rereading the unit test and theme review pages on a regular basis in
order to remember all the requirements for easier lookup on the new themes.
I have some questions that I would be happy to share and get a feedback if
possible. They are somehow mentioned in both documents but I find no hundred
percent case that covers or states straight.

1) What are the mandatory fields visible for a post in single.php and
page.php? According to the test cases and demo content I presume title,
author, date, content, tags and categories lists, as well as parent-child
relations and paging are required. However Chipp made a remark that
parent-child relations visible in the post are not required, I don't find
any requirements for categories and tags to be a necessary addition to the
single.php, as well as the author and the date. What is the rule of thumb

2) Themes usually support image captions and threaded comments. Is a theme
not approved if image captions are with standard formatting or threaded
comments are not indented?

3) When theme author has replaced some code such as pagination or commenting
with a custom code, is it necessary a bad practice or it depends on the
final application?

4) Are there any good plugins for verification beyond the three listed in
the guidelines?

It's hard for me for some clauses to differ the "unacceptable" and "good to
have" when I can't strictly read some theme review points as rules.

Best regards,

Mario Peshev
freelance software developer/trainer
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