[theme-reviewers] More Review Questions

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Mon Mar 28 17:17:45 UTC 2011

On Mon, Mar 28, 2011 at 10:50 AM, Edward Caissie
<edward.caissie at gmail.com> wrote:
> There should be, at a minimum, a direct link to the post from the index.php
> template. Essentially there should always be a way to reach the single.php
> template (if it exists) display of the post no matter the template file
> being used.

There are exceptions to this rule, for certain cases. For example,
when I design themes using the "status" post format, I generally don't
give any way to reach the single post page for them. I consider a
"status" to sorta just be a status update, without the ability for
anybody to comment on it. Asides, on the other hand, generally do have
some kind of ability to click to the single post permalink.

This is up to the theme designer, basically. So I'd say not to
instantly fail a theme because of a lack of permalink, as long as it's
only for limited cases and clearly explained. The design choices for
any Post Formats used should really be explained in the readme.txt

> I don't recall discussing the requirement of a title on archive pages ... I
> would consider it good UX but at this time not a requirement; at least not
> without a very strong case why a title would need to exist for an archive
> page.

Title should not always a requirement either, on either index or
archives. Same principle, some post formats would make it unnecessary.
On the other hand, I'd be hard pressed to not have a title on the
single post pages, unless there was a reason for that sort of design
choice there.

However, both of these cases would primarily be limited to Post
Formats. I can't see that making any sense on the default no-format


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