[theme-reviewers] Adding information to the WordPress Updates page

Mats Birch birch at birchware.se
Tue Jul 3 14:16:34 UTC 2012

Since I didn't find an answer, I'll probably do that.

Another, related, thing:
As I said, most updates right now are new (and updated) translations. 
And apart from the fact that most people don't want/need another 
translation, it seems like a waste of time (yours, mostly) to go through 
the review process for such things.

Would it be permissible to have an update checker in the theme? That is, 
to occasionally "phone home" and display information about for example a 
new translation, or even give the user the opportunity to try a beta?

I know the "phone home" thing is considered bad. But is that a rule 
without exceptions?


On 2012-07-02 20:09, Chip Bennett wrote:
> I would recommend searching for, and if none exists, opening a ticket 
> in Trac for this functinoality: http://trac.wordpress.org
> Thanks,
> Chip
> On Mon, Jul 2, 2012 at 12:31 PM, Mats Birch <birch at birchware.se 
> <mailto:birch at birchware.se>> wrote:
>     This is probably the wrong forum for this, but I don't know of any
>     other place where I can get an answer to my question. I
>     triedhttp://make.wordpress.org/themes/
>     <http://make.wordpress.org/themes/>, but that wasn't it.
>     I have a theme, Kippis, that is in a phase where I mostly add
>     translations. That means that most people are not interested in
>     the updates. It is totally unneccesary for a site to update, just
>     to add a language it doesn't use.
>     So, I was looking for a way to add to the WordPress Updates page,
>     the one that now says something like this: "You have version
>     1.13.1 installed. Update to 1.13.3."
>     I'd like to add a short description of what is new, like "Added
>     german language support".
>     Can it be done?
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