[theme-reviewers] Theme Review Process

Amy Hendrix sabreuse at gmail.com
Tue Jan 11 16:36:47 UTC 2011

Hi Josh,

Theme Check inspects the code for required classes, deprecated
functions and so on. The Unit Test needs human eyes for whether things
display as they should - so they both need to be done, and keep in
mind that there are other things in the review process (like options
security, or testing that any add-on functionality actually works)
that can't possibly be covered by either of those.

On the other hand, if a ton of required stuff fails on the first pass,
you don't need to go through everything. In that case, DO indicate in
your review that yours is a preliminary review and other reviewers
will be checking for other things in future versions. Some devs take a
review as a checklist, and think that once everything that was
explicitly mentioned is fixed they're automatically done.

(And don't worry about not being a speed demon like Frumph. My first
couple of reviews took forever, and they get a whole lot faster as you
build your own routine.)

Good luck,

On Tue, Jan 11, 2011 at 10:49 AM, Josh Stauffer <joshstauffer at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hello WPTRT,
> I have all three plugins installed (Theme Check, Debogger, and Log Deps) and
> have been checking themes against the Theme Unit Test and Theme Review. I've
> spent about 5 hours total on my first two reviews. Does it usually require
> this much time? I must be doing something wrong. ;-(
>> Takes about 5-15mins if i'm being lazy and theme-check plugin reports a
>> ton of stuff to 1/2 hour for a full check on one including security, when I
>> first started it was about 45 minutes
>> -Frumph
> Is it necessary for me to check the theme against each item on the Theme
> Review or is that what the Theme Check plugin is checking?
> Also, how much effort do you put into a review before you send it back to
> the author. For example, let's say I start reviewing the theme and I find 5
> required items that need to be fixed. Should I stop my review and post my
> comments about the 5 items and reiterate to the theme author that he should
> check the theme guidelines before submitting again?
> I am learning and I am enjoying my time spent thus far. Just looking for
> input on how to become more efficient. ;-)
> Josh Stauffer
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