[theme-reviewers] Questions for theme reviewers

Robert Ambartsumov robert6292 at gmail.com
Thu Sep 8 19:05:03 UTC 2011

Thanks Otto,

1. The image in question for the footer, is a logo icon or logo + text such

2. Ok so for the background image if not integrated can it use custom
background functionality until the core is integrated? so i would know how
to develop it, thanks.

3. I thought the read more comments link was dissallowed as mentioned in my
theme review but anyway it has both read more and comments link

4. widget inception it is, silly or not, i saw some themes in wordpress that
use it (developing their own blocks, etc, platform theme for example), what
would be the guidelines for this type of thing.

Thanks again for your time.

On Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 9:50 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Sep 8, 2011 at 1:32 PM, Robert Ambartsumov <robert6292 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > 1. Sanitazation/Validation of data if input has js validation - should
> there
> > be php validation as well (for example if js is disabled)
> YES. Always validate the data on the backend, period. Never trust any
> input coming from the browser. Standard security rule.
> > 2. Theme image logos, are allowed by default to be as a theme name or for
> > example with additional theme icon appended to the theme name in the form
> of
> > an image - is this allowed?
> > chipbennett said, "I agree: default logo should not be promotional in
> > nature" but what does promotional mean?
> Promotional as in advertising for your company, or a product, or
> anything not directly related to the theme in some way. You'd be
> surprised at how people try to sneak advertising spam in... Basically,
> the theme shouldn't be a walking billboard for your theme development
> company, or for cheap viagra, or anything else by default.
> > 3. footer link to the author of the theme, can this link be as an image,
> and
> > the image will be as a small icon or perhaps simply the anchor text of
> the
> > company/site name? or this link must be in pure text? please clarify
> A small image, if suitably discreet, might be acceptable. Depends on
> the individual case. Different people see different things as "spam".
> Realistically, it's hard to imagine a suitable image for that sort of
> thing, with maybe the exception of a logo or something.
> Any image included must be *in the theme itself*, not pulled from an
> external site.
> > 4. background wp core functions, if the theme trys to provide additional
> > functionality as in the form of pre-defined image patterns that can be
> > selected by the user, so can it be integrated NOT by wp core background
> > functions ?
> The core custom header functions are capable of this, actually, but
> the background one is not. This seems like an oversight to me, perhaps
> you should make a ticket and try to get core support added for this.
> > 5. theme favicon default image is changable in theme options, is this
> > allowed?
> I don't know of any guideline specifically disallowing it, although I
> think this might more realistically be plugin-territory. A person
> wouldn't want their favicon to disappear when they changed themes.
> > 6. data test for posts with empty title, the post has a read more link
> that
> > is not being generated by wp, this is a custom read more link that can
> also
> > be disabled in theme options, is this enough for this check to pass? (the
> > check that posts with empty titles must have a link to the post).
> Probably, but I would also expect some more obvious linkage. Maybe a
> "Read comments" link or something along those lines? Any way for the
> user to see the single post page will do.
> > 7. Assuming my themes use advanced widgetized blocks, the entire theme is
> > litteraly widgetized in a very advanced way, would I also need to use the
> > default wp core functions for widgets or not use them, or use both mine
> and
> > wp core widget functions? the wp core widget functions i think wont be
> > enough for this because I plan to create a widget block that inside that
> > widget block there will be more widgets so it will be widget 3 layers
> deep
> > kind of.
> Widget Inception? Now I think you're just being silly.
> -Otto
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