[theme-reviewers] THX38 Meeting #1 Report

Jose Castaneda jomcastaneda at gmail.com
Tue Aug 20 21:15:45 UTC 2013

Neat! Will be bookmarking the link.

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On Aug 20, 2013, at 2:07 PM, Josh Pollock <jpollock412 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I attended the first THX38 meeting yesterday and volunteered to keep the Theme Review Team in the loop. THX38's goal is to improve the experience of browsing and selecting themes both in the theme directory on WordPress.org and inside of WordPress itself via themes.php. The main goals we discussed potential solutions for were making searching and displaying the results of those searches in both locations more useful.
> There was a fair amount of discussion about filtering results based on theme tags in a more efficient way. Everyone agreed that this will require introducing new tags that are more descriptive and more useful to end users. This is probably the change that would have the most impact on us as theme reviewers. Personally, as a developer and user, I think this would be a great change, but as a theme reviewer I worry about adding another highly subjective set of judgments to the theme review process. I suggest that we consider what this would involve as far as new themes go and adding the tags to existing themes in this thread. I will post a link to the thread in the discussion on the make UI blog and I summarize it at the next THX38 meeting. Everyone is also welcome to comment directly on the make UI blog or participate in the next meeting.
> We also spent a lot of time discussing what information should be available in search results and how it could be better presented. We briefly discussed several other theme/ template browsing systems (squarespace, tumblr, etc.) and decided to investigate them more before next week's meeting. There was also discussion of the feasibility of live previewing the themes returned by a search like on Tumblr, but with the current site's data instead of with stock data like Tumblr does.
> You can read a report of the meeting at from the team leader at: http://make.wordpress.org/ui/2013/08/20/thx38-first-meeting-summary/ 
> The next meeting will be held in #wordpress-core-plugins on Tuesday, August 27, 2013 14:00 UTC-4, which is 2PM eastern/ 11AM Pacific.
> The development itself will be happening in this plugin: http://wordpress.org/plugins/thx38/ Please note that all it does currently is break themes.php, but you may wish to follow the development in svn or check it out as updates occur.
> Please let me know if anything needs clarified or if I can answer any questions. Also please let me know if there are any other issues that you think should be part of this re-design process.
> -Josh
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