[theme-reviewers] Trainee Feedback: Theme Check Results

Vicky Arulsingam vicky.arulsingam at gmail.com
Tue May 3 06:55:42 UTC 2011

Thanks for the feedback Chip. I had been debating whether to include the
INFO notices and included them to err on the side of caution.


On Tue, May 3, 2011 at 7:50 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:

> Good evening, all!
> Just a quick bit of feedback on reviews, primarily for the trainees,
> regarding Theme Check results.
> For anything other than "Warning" or "Required" (which we shouldn't see,
> anyway, as the uploader should filter out Themes that return
> Warning/Required-level errors), the results are primarily for *your*
> information and reference. These results should help point you in the right
> direction regarding things to look for.
> These results do NOT necessarily need to be output in the ticket.
> The reason that I say that is because simply copy/pasting Theme Check
> results into the review comments can distract from the REQUIRED issues in
> the review, and can be misleading for the Theme developer. I've seen several
> instances where RECOMMENDED/INFO results were added to the ticket, but were
> not actually applicable to the Theme - and then the Theme developer got
> dinged in the subsequent ticket, for wrongly implementing changes based on
> those results.
> For example:
>    - The get_template_part() include function only applies to
>    *template-part* files (or code output in template-part files), and NOT
>    (generally) to functions.php, or including library files (such as
>    theme-options.php, etc.) within functions.php.
>    - Hard-coded links are not inherently prohibited. This INFO output is
>    only intended to help you review the Theme, by collecting all such links in
>    one place, so that you can review them for appropriateness. If all such
>    links are appropriate, then this INFO result should NOT be included in the
>    review comments.
> The RECOMMENDED results, especially the ones regarding Theme
> features/functionality, may be useful to include. But if you include them,
> be sure to delineate them such that it is very clear that they are NOT
> required. I would suggest placing them *after* listing all of the required
> issues. (I generally leave them out altogether. The Theme developer sees
> them in the uploader output, and also when testing locally using Theme
> Check.)
> In the end, remember that our ultimate goal is to communicate to the Theme
> developer the specific deficiencies in the Theme - the specific things that
> the Theme developer needs to address, in order for the Theme to pass the
> review.
> Thanks, again, for all of your help and contributions with reviewing
> Themes!
> Chip
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