[theme-reviewers] Proposal for a new guideline and plugin function

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Tue Apr 24 13:41:39 UTC 2012

Setting aside (for the moment) the proposition to add guidelines regarding
max HTTP requests/page speed, I want to address quickly your last two

URLs are not permanent. The Theme URI was verified to exist and to be
appropriate at the time of Theme approval. We can neither control, nor
effectively police, URLs post-approval. (In this case, Justin Tadlock
simply moved his own Themes back to his own domain, justintadlock.com, when
we divested himself from DevPress. Nothing underhanded going on there.)

Also, repository-hosted Themes are not required to be offered with support,
through the WPORG support forums, the developer's site, or anywhere else.
Offering commercial support for a free, 100% GPL Theme does not violate
WPORG policy or Theme review guidelines. (In fact, a developer having a
vested interest in providing support for a repository-hosted Theme will
generally provide a *better* support experience for end users.)

Having addressed those two points, I'm curious what others think about your
proposed guidelines...


On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 6:36 AM, Robb Shecter <robb at weblaws.org> wrote:

> I propose a guideline for maximum number of http requests generated per
> single-post and index views. The plugin can test this via a custom YSlow or
> Page Speed suite. We can have minimum scores for inclusion in the directory
> as well as the "featured" list in the Admin theme installer.
> The reason: I had a disastrous experience with one of the featured themes,
> News. I installed it on a brand new blog. Each page visit caused 47 http
> requests to the server. A moderately popular link from Reddit crashed my
> entire server. (Details are in my blog post:
> http://www.g33klaw.com/2012/04/the-hidden-dangers-of-beautiful-themes/ )
> Furthermore, the "theme homepage" link on the wordpress.org site is
> broken, and support seems to only be offered via a for-pay forum. These
> should also be grounds for exclusion from the directory and featured lists.
> Robb
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