[theme-reviewers] Can Text Domain be name of the Theme shop?

esmi at quirm dot net esmi at quirm.net
Thu Feb 6 16:22:45 UTC 2014

on 06/02/2014 14:26 Chip Bennett said the following:
> If the textdomain is unique, but not a literal string-match for theme-slug
> - if that's the only issue preventing approval, I would not hold up
> approval just for that. It will be required eventually, but right now, is
> completely invisible to the end user.

Question - possibly for discussion...

I have themes hosted @ WPORG since before the theme review guidelines 
came in. One of those themes has the theme slug 'purple-pastels' but the 
textdomain has always been (& is still) 'purplepastels'.

Now I'd happily change all textdomain occurrences the next time I update 
the theme (it would take less than a minute to do) but what about 
existing users who might be relying on the old textdomain? This theme 
has been around for a while and I know that there have been quite a few 
.pot translation files created over the years.

So - what's the lesser of two evils here? Continue to knowingly breach 
the guidelines on this point or potentially break some user sites? I'd 
imagine that I'm not the only one who has this quandary.


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