[theme-reviewers] Decaying of older themes and mass emailing users pre 3.0 to update their theme.

Emil Uzelac emil at themeid.com
Mon Jun 11 01:12:54 UTC 2012

I personally believe that it would be nice to notify author's about this
and also note that we had very little close to zero response when we did
last time. Currently older Themes like that are not "searchable" anyways :)

We had something going on with some 2010-11 Themes and as far as I know,
not a single author responded back to us.


On Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 6:59 PM, Philip M. Hofer (Frumph) <philip at frumph.net
> wrote:

> I brought it up a year ago and it's about that time again.
> Notifying theme authors up to a certain revision requesting them to update
> their themes; also decaying / removing themes up to a certain point.
> One of the things that I am concerned about (and help  me with this) is
> the deprecated functions in the core.  How long do those deprecated
> functions stay in the deprecated file before being completely dropped, or
> do they stay - forever as deprecated?
> Anyways, back to mass notification - our earliest theme dates 2008-7-25
> right now.  That's almost 4 years.
> The roadmap:  http://wordpress.org/about/**roadmap/<http://wordpress.org/about/roadmap/>  shows that that, that particular theme was released directly after 2.6 -
> as we know the theme coding standard has increased exponentially since then.
> I would be inclined to think that themes made previous to December 18,
> 2009 (2.9) be contacted and request for theme update, removal or put on the
> "adoption" list.
> Last year someone mentioned that the theme's list can have extra coding
> installed to denote "out of date", "needs updating", "up for adoption",
> "featured", etc..  in the actual search results.   I do not know what came
> of that or if that is even something we can do.
> What are your thoughts, since I'm necro'ing this topic.
> Note: Necro'ing = bringing a topic back from the dead.
> - Phil
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