[theme-reviewers] theme approval turnaround

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Tue Oct 4 14:32:11 UTC 2011

So, that was an insert-image #fail. Let me try again:


On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 9:27 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net> wrote:

> That number is actually difficult to gauge with any accuracy, but we're
> working on a way to provide better trending on that metric.
> The issue isn't so much one of a lack of reviewers (though more are always
> welcome!); we've got a total of about 75 people who have performed reviews,
> and about 1/3 of those have access to resolve/close tickets. The problem is
> mostly that we're entirely volunteer, and activity waxes and wanes with
> available time to donate/contribute to reviewing Themes.
> Based on some recent trending analysis I conducted, it appears that Theme
> Review exhibits the classic Pareto:
> <img src="
> https://docs.google.com/a/chipbennett.net/spreadsheet/oimg?key=0AmhRfB-XJH5_dE5FU0tvcTF2MmZwaWVkSV9PWVVHbFE&oid=14&zx=u6shw5jbom4n"
> />
> See also:
> https://docs.google.com/a/chipbennett.net/spreadsheet/oimg?key=0AmhRfB-XJH5_dE5FU0tvcTF2MmZwaWVkSV9PWVVHbFE&oid=14&zx=u6shw5jbom4n
> For those unfamiliar with a Pareto chart: the blue bars are # of reviews by
> each Reviewer, the green line is the cumulative percentage of total reviews,
> and the gray line is 80% of total reviews. The chart essentially indicates
> the relative workload. As you can see, the bulk of review activity is
> performed by a very few number of the total reviewers.
> Given that the WPTRT is a completely voluntary activity, this workload
> distribution is entirely accepted, and entirely acceptable. Unfortunately,
> it is insufficient to get - and to stay - ahead of the incoming review
> workload. So, that remains a constant battle.
> We're testing out some changes, though; the first one is an experimental,
> new #2 priority that includes ALL tickets older than two weeks, regardless
> of previous review status<https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/query?status=new&status=reopened&time=..14daysago&group=owner&col=id&col=summary&col=keywords&col=status&col=reporter&col=time&col=changetime&report=27&order=time>.
> I'd like to see us empty this queue, and keep it emptied! :)
> Chip
> On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 8:59 AM, Kirk Wight <kwight at kwight.ca> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> Any idea what the average turnaround is these days for theme approval?
>> Looking at some recent ticket assignments for October, it seems to take
>> 4-6 weeks just for themes to be assigned... is this due to a shortage of
>> available reviewers?
>> I understand everyone is a volunteer for the TRT; just trying to better
>> understand the process.
>> Thanks,
>> Kirk
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