[theme-reviewers] Latest Featured Themes, seriously?

Srikanth Koneru tskk79 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 3 17:16:38 UTC 2014

Since Otto hasn't stuck random there yet, its time for new featured themes.

On Fri, May 30, 2014 at 1:51 PM, Jose Castaneda <jomcastaneda at gmail.com>

> I honestly never even gave it a second glance. The main reason was because
> when I saw "Make" I initially thought that it was step in the right
> direction. The first theme from a long standing and very much reputable
> theme developer makes it to the top? I had to check it out. I saw
> "Stargazer" and wasn't too surprised it was a featured theme I mean with
> twelve themes and a lot of plugins in the repo I couldn't help but bite, I
> just had to take a quick peek at the code. On both themes really.
> Part of the reason I feel this way is because featured themes should make
> you feel like that is the standard when it comes to theming. I think it is
> one of those if you look for a symptom you're bound to find one type of
> things.
> From what I can recall it is a randomized list of themes that is being
> used. How it's being generated is up to the higher ups. I can only guess
> that it is not an easy thing to code which is why I have no intentions on
> really asking how or what the requirements are. If I knew I would just as
> easily create a theme that would cater to that just to be featured.
> As a theme reviewer for going on two years I have to say that things have
> changed. I wanted to embrace the incentive but that failed because of the
> direction it was headed. Now I can let somebody else deal with it and I can
> try my best at making sure that themes won't be breaking sites and meeting
> the standards rather than just simply approving themes to get my theme
> count up. I mean that is one of the many reasons I chose to review themes;
> that and I wanted to improve my coding abilities while gaining some
> WordPress knowledge along the way.
> I think part of the reason I think this way is that just because it's a
> featured theme does not mean it's a great theme. It's like when they say
> Windows 8 is the latest, greatest thing. Doesn't make it true. There are
> several themes I have seen that are feature worthy or at least notable that
> haven't been featured before the incentive, during and currently. A decent
> example would be the theme: Hueman; but you know what? It's not up to me.
> Will I question it? Of course. Will it change things? Probably not. The
> main reason being I'm not in that position of power. If I were though, I
> can honestly say it would be tough to be fair and unbiased.
> Like I said though: I never even gave it a second glance. I see new
> themes, try them out and move on. If I like it I'll say something about it
> otherwise it's just a moment in my timeline. :)
> On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 6:58 PM, Trent Lapinski <trent at cyberchimps.com>
> wrote:
>> Is anyone else disappointed to see that the theme review contest was
>> ended for a list of commercial theme shops with close ties to Automattic,
>> personal friends, and employees of Audrey Capital (Matt Mullenweg’s
>> personal investment company)?
>> The Theme Foundry (one of Automattic’s earliest theme partners), Justin
>> Tadlock (a WordPress.org admin), Sarah Gooding (a blogger for Audrey
>> Capital), TeslaThemes (
>> http://wptavern.com/teslathemes-celebrates-one-year-of-being-in-business),
>> and Themeify (a major commercial theme shops first theme on WordPress.org)
>> were all just gifted featured themes on WordPress.org.
>> So what exactly is the criteria for being featured now?
>>  --Trent Lapinski
>> =============
>> CEO of CyberChimps Inc.
>> http://CyberChimps.com
>> Twitter @trentlapinski
>> Skype: mobiletrent
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