[theme-reviewers] $post->guid Issues in Some Repository Themes

Emil Uzelac emil at themeid.com
Thu Jun 23 20:23:14 UTC 2011

thanks for the info.

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On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 3:16 PM, Mike Little <wordpress at zed1.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 20:53, Simon Prosser <pross at pross.org.uk> wrote:
>> I got a tweet from Chip asking for theme-check to flag it as bad, so ..
>> Are people not supposed to use it at all? if so theme fails? and if so
>> what is the suggested alternative?
> You should *never*, *ever* use the guid in your theme. It is (meant to be)
> a globally unique identifier for RSS readers.
> RSS readers use the GUID to know which posts are newly published, so they
> don't retrieve the same content over and over.
> It is not a permalink (even though it looks like one) and could just as
> well be a random string of hexadecimal characters. In fact that's one of the
> current suggestions on how to make sure they really are unique: due to
> inconsistencies in behaviour over the years the current ones are not
> necessarily unique, and of course people change them all the time -- *holds
> up guilty hand*.
> So any code that references or outputs the guid is "doing it wrong"
> Mike
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