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Edward Caissie edward.caissie at gmail.com
Tue Feb 21 22:15:33 UTC 2012

Theme authors may be exempted on the `add_submenu_page` guideline if they
provide similar integrated functionality in their (proposed) submission;
and, these will still be on a case-by-case specific review. As well as any
other significant case where the current "uploader" script will not allow a
theme to be submitted due to a very specific guideline.

Theme authors are welcome to propose these "unique" use-case scenarios to
the WPTRT Admins for review ... ideally we are looking to push the limits
of what the WordPress Extend repository can offer the community and these
specific exemptions for these specific themes may be simply a precursor to
more involved and readily available functionality in the future.


On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 5:14 PM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 21, 2012 at 3:43 PM, Sayontan Sinha <sayontan at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> > I took a look at the ticket: this theme asks for an exception on
> > add_submenu_page() because plugins rely on it. Is that permissible? Why
> > wouldn't plugin authors create their own top-level menu instead of
> relying
> > on the theme's? I can foresee a situation where several theme authors
> might
> > request this as an exception saying that they have ancillary plugins
> > developed by others, and the plugin developers rely on a top-level menu
> > required by the theme.
> Actually, I've always thought that rule was a bit too tight and could
> do with some loosening up a bit. There's no technical reason to
> restrict theme authors into one-and-only-one menu item, for example.
> I don't much like themes (or plugins) adding top level menus myself,
> but I don't see anything particularly bad about a theme adding more
> than one submenu under Appearance, for example. Grouping different
> sets of related functionality into better places for example. Too many
> themes try to implement tabbing or some such to shove everything onto
> one page, which isn't very user friendly.
> -Otto
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