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

Mario Peshev mario at peshev.net
Thu Aug 4 14:55:00 UTC 2011

@Hilary, as Vicky responded in the ticket request queue,  "The more eyeballs
on a theme the better right?" :)

My questions are somehow influenced by a minimalistic theme I'm working on.
It is really plain and clear and it's also centered entirely so some
listings such as tags and categories and author just doesn't go well with
the standard layout in my opinion. But if the guidelines are critical on
that, it would be not possible to submit at the end, right?

What I was thinking as a workaround is adding options to the theme to hide
these fields from the post listing. This way the demo could look appropriate
and rely on the rules while the user could choose it's own layout. Or it
could even be a trigger - ON/OFF button for: "Turn on minimalistic mode" :)

@Chip , I just noticed I have misspelled your first name in the previous
email. I'm regularly working after 2am so it has it's drawbacks sometimes,
please accept my apology.

Mario Peshev
freelance software developer/trainer

On Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 5:40 PM, Hilary J Holz <holz.hilary at gmail.com> wrote:

> I also noticed that most of the themes have 'muted' (what an excellent way
> to put it) some of the requirements, Mario, as I have been coming up to
> speed myself. I have a slightly different perspective on it than you do,
> though, and would be interested in feedback from the experts on that
> perspective.
> Sometimes it clearly is an explicit design decision in which the theme has
> gone a different direction.
> Other times, however, it feels a bit more like a variation on the agile
> principle of working code from the start. By getting a working version out
> the door with hooks in place to implement a more compliant version down the
> road, your designer side gets feedback from real users while your developer
> side is chewing away at a deeper understanding of how to mesh your
> innovation approach with the community standards. Not to mention that, by
> having the strange combination of ego and humility necessary to put
> something less than perfect out there, someone else might just already have
> the answer you need.
> And thanks for asking all of these great questions, Mario! It has been no
> end of help :)
> Hilary
> On Aug 3, 2011, at 16:55 , Mario Peshev wrote:
> Most themes I've run into have 'muted' some of the requirements or passed
> through some sort of workaround when they consider implementing them
> inappropriate and unnecessary.
> All the best,
> Mario Peshev
> freelance software developer/trainer
> http://www.linkedin.com/in/mpeshev
> http://peshev.net/blog
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> Hilary J Holz, PhD
> Toolsmith / Evangelist
> Director, Laboratory for Adaptive Hypermedia and Assistive Technologies
> Cal State, East Bay
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