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

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Mon Jun 11 02:55:57 UTC 2012

Points of note:

- Like plugins, themes older than 2 years don't show up in search
results (except for exact name matches).

- Despite the "deprecation", nothing has ever been removed from the
WordPress core.


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/   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 installed to denote "out of date", "needs updating", "up for adoption",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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