[theme-reviewers] Question: Someone Want to Take Benefit From a 'Top Reviewer of the Month'.

Chip Bennett chip at chipbennett.net
Wed Jan 29 16:00:58 UTC 2014

Okay, so no more argument-forcing from me. We'll take Otto's position here
as official policy moving forward.

I'm fine with copping to an "above my pay grade" claim here. :)

On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 10:57 AM, Otto <otto at ottodestruct.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 9:46 AM, Chip Bennett <chip at chipbennett.net>
> wrote:
> > Where is there a win-win here, no matter what we decide?
> Sorry, but I don't claim to have all the answers here.
> It seems to me that you're kind of forcing this argument though. A
> company that employees people who make code should have them do code
> reviews. Peer-review is a standard in the industry. You review the
> code of your co-workers. You review the code of your predecessors. You
> review other people's code in order to make better code yourself. I've
> done it ever since I've been a professional programmer. It's normal
> practice.
> Okay, so maybe some theme shops didn't do it before the incentive
> thing. But they're doing it now, and that's good. I'm okay with it,
> and I don't think that this constitutes "paying for featured". They're
> paying their employees to do something they darned well should have
> been doing already. If the community benefits from that, great, more
> the better. If we have to drop a small carrot to get them to do it and
> better themselves in the process, and improve the state of the code in
> the world, hey, that's right in line with our goals. Code is poetry
> and such.
> This still strikes me as substantially different than straight up
> paying somebody who does reviews to "feature our theme". I'm okay with
> companies paying their employees and having reviews be part of that.
> I'm not okay with companies finding existing reviewers and paying them
> the equivalent of a bribe to showcase their theme. You say it's fine
> with disclosure, and I understand your position here, but I'm really
> not okay with that even with disclosure. It's not a good arrangement,
> it doesn't fit the program in the way I want the program to work.
> -Otto
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