[theme-reviewers] Cirumventing Theme Directory Preview in Ticket #3787

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Wed May 11 22:46:06 UTC 2011

I don't think we should hold ourselves to the standard of having to write a
rule for every conceivable thing that can possibly be done. On one hand, we
want to ensure due diligence in establishing objective guidelines. On the
other hand, we want to avoid regulatory overkill. We want the US
Constitution, not the US tax code.

In this case, I think that it is safe to say, "we won't allow that", whether
we add it to the Guidelines or not. The Theme preview needs to use the
core/stock previewer, and NOT redirect to  some arbitrary, uncontrolled,
third-party URL. The previewer ensures that Themes can be previewed/compared
using the same data set, allowing for a reasonably equal comparison. Besides
that, the potential for abuse is just too great.

If the Theme previewer needs to be fixed/improved, then let's do that. If Theme
developers want to provide an alternate demo for their Theme, that shows off
all of the bells and whistles, they can provide a demo link in the Theme
description, or in the Theme's admin page, etc.


On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 5:16 PM, Curtis McHale <curtis at curtismchale.ca>wrote:

>  So we should probably write a rule requiring the stock preview is used
> and then work to improve it rather then allowing it now and dealing with the
> possible bad fallout.
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