[theme-reviewers] Theme Review for blog and business (CMS) themes

Mario Peshev mario at peshev.net
Mon Mar 19 18:49:11 UTC 2012

At some degree Chip is right about the fact that the volunteerism in the
theme review process takes a lot of time and adding 2 or 3 revisions to the
long cycle takes sometimes months for a theme to get to /extend . However
this is somehow annoying when 2 or 3 reviewer remarks mark a theme as
non-approved and require a new submission and few weeks of review next.

Changing few lines in a ready theme might cause side effects to other
portions of the site. Building a theme is a small ecosystem and a small
changes in a file could break the entire flow in some cases .

All I'm saying here is that I see people publishing their own themes on 3rd
party markets instead of adapting them to WPORG as it seems long and hard.
Correct me if I'm wrong but the second major purpose of /extend themes repo
is helping people submitting and receiving back and speeding up the process
is a priority task. Step 1 is keeping the repo error free and standardized
- and that's a cross point decentralized what we have, in my opinion.

The 'easier' is taking the approach "approved but fix in next update" when
we don't have crucial things instead of "non-approved, fix, resubmit and
wait 2 more weeks". Some tickets are closed due to 2 or 3 non-critical
errors at least to my understanding:


Sometimes I see reviews too harsh and cold although helpful and pushing
people back. It causes the psychological phenomenon 'fear of rejection' at
the end.

I don't mind reviewing according to the Guidelines. I don't mind building
themes from scratch with the Theme Review list in mind. All I see are free
themes that work being secure enough and used online without being able to
get inside of the repo.

Mario Peshev
Training and Consulting Services @ DevriX

On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 7:02 PM, Merci Javier <mercijavier at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm not sure what you mean by "easier rules for working Themes" either.
> BuddyPress themes submitted to the WP Repo go through the same thorough
> reviews - Theme Unit Tests. Debogger, etc. Some BP themes which had been
> approved some time ago have even been removed from WP Themes Extend page
> because they have not been updated to the latest BP version.
> *>>* *have to spend tens (if not more) hours to keep all the rules in
> place, such as defining classes for byauthor and sticky and many many more
> irrelevant for themes being used as web site templates.*
> Less than an hour to add minimum theme requirements of index.php,
> comments.php and screenshot plus style.css -
> http://codex.wordpress.org/Theme_Review#Theme_Template_Files
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