[theme-reviewers] A Question About Theme Review/Submission

Justin Tadlock justin at justintadlock.com
Thu May 26 00:26:33 UTC 2011

Somewhat on topic:  I am currently developing a bug tracking plugin that 
can be used with any theme.  The great thing is that you can have users 
install this plugin and only have to worry about styles and templates.  
Plus, you won't be tied down to a single theme.  You can make multiple 
themes that all support this plugin with minimal effort.

If you want to bounce any ideas around or throw your code into the mix, 
shoot me an email.

On 5/24/2011 7:02 PM, Otto wrote:
> On Tue, May 24, 2011 at 5:24 PM, Ryan Frankel<ryan.frankel at gmail.com>  wrote:
>> I agree.  We had an internal debate on which way to go with this and it was decided that since we were including styling it would be a theme.  What we saw with a lot of plugins is that while they give you the functionality you still have to do all the styling yourself (see any calendar plugin).  We wanted to create something that required absolutely no end-user interaction or coding so the theme was born.
>> It is even more of a grey area then I realized though.
> I would consider separating theme from functionality here. Sure, a
> theme can do anything a plugin can, but limiting themes to a stylistic
> model, where only functionality that affects the display of things is
> included, makes the most sense. While I get that's it's hard to
> separate the two in this case, perhaps making a sort of generic
> "ticket" plugin and generalizing the concept might be useful.
> No reason you can't make both a theme and a plugin which work
> together. This also gives you the side benefit of being able to create
> many different themes for the same basic ticket system.
> -Otto
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