[theme-reviewers] Why the bias?

Rahul Bansal rahul.bansal at rtcamp.com
Tue Feb 15 19:07:08 UTC 2011

Otto, you must have felt bad because of Satish's attack on WPTRT but I feel
your following statements is equally irresponsible...

the ability for any reviewer to completely disregard any given guideline for
> a review if they choose to do so.

This is like leaving it to the jury to make judgement based on their
personal choice rather than law & order of the country.

Otto, we all appreciate yours as well as entire theme review team's
contribution but after your last reply, I see that there is no point in
continuing with this thread.

Rahul Bansal | Founder & CEO | rtCamp Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
Skype: rahul286 | Twitter: @rahul286 | Web: http://rtcamp.com/

On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 12:04 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> Okay, let's make this perfectly clear.
> 1. No "mechanical" process will ever be used to review themes, for as
> long as I have any say in it. Human judgment is a factor, and it will
> continue to always be a factor. This includes the ability for any
> reviewer to completely disregard any given guideline for a review if
> they choose to do so.
> 2. Guidelines are *guidelines*, not rules. I have full faith and
> credit in the ability of the theme reviewers to review fairly without
> confining them to any sort of fixed and arbitrary "standard" set of
> rules.
> 3. Guidelines do change, and so there will be an ever changing set of
> "standards". If you feel that a reviewer is being too harsh or
> unbending in their assessment, then it is perfectly acceptable to
> bring it up here. However, the manner in which this particular
> instance of a review has been brought up is totally unacceptable. In
> particular:
> - Accusing reviewers of favoritism or bias is unacceptable, period.
> - Pointing to other themes with a "but they did it!" attitude is
> equally unacceptable. Just because one theme "got away" with something
> doesn't mean you can do the same.
> - It is perfectly acceptable to comment on that theme's ticket to
> suggest changes to future revisions along the same lines, and that is
> the way it should be done. Note the two most recent comments on
> http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/2927 which point out fixes
> that should be made for the next revision of the theme. This is what
> should have happened in the first place. ANYBODY can leave comments on
> theme review tickets.
> If Satish had simply brought up his problems with a "Have we really
> settled on requiring add_theme_page() yet?" question, then this would
> have been a one or two email thread instead of 20+ emails of people
> bickering at each other.
> Keep it to the point, is what I'm saying. Don't accuse people of
> things. Don't go all non-technical. Don't make it personal. Don't be a
> jerk. We don't need this sort of thing. We realize it can be
> upsetting, but reviewers are human, and pointing out instances that
> you feel are unfair can be done without making it personal.
> I hope this satisfactorily concludes this thread. Please, lets keep it
> technical. Thanks.
> -Otto
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