[theme-reviewers] Guidelines when revamping existing parent theme or framework

Daniel Fenn danielx386 at gmail.com
Mon Sep 5 22:51:04 UTC 2011

While I don't do any theme reviews, but does the GPL allows that sort of
thing? Also what the link to the other theme that you saw that look the

On Tue, Sep 6, 2011 at 8:45 AM, Mario Peshev <mario at peshev.net> wrote:

> Hello reviewers,
> I think that an additional section in the Theme Review guidelines is
> missing and this is the 'I have downloaded a theme/framework, changed the
> style.css and images and resubmitted' section.
> I am inspecting ticket 4866 - http://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/4866 -
> where the theme is based on another existing theme (looking pretty much the
> same) and also built on a starter theme. The theme has no specific
> functionality - the overall functions.php file is like 15 lines of code.
> Also, text domain if toolbox everywhere which is undoubtedly incorrect for a
> unique theme submission but even more wrong where most of the code is
> copy-pasted.
> What is acceptable when submitting a theme which is almost entirely based
> on another theme and has no uniqueness? This is not a child theme here (even
> though a guide what is allowed for child themes is also a good idea) but an
> existing theme with few tens of lines of code modified and submitted back to
> the repo.
> Thanks,
> Mario Peshev
> freelance software developer/trainer
> http://www.linkedin.com/in/mpeshev
> http://peshev.net/blog
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