[theme-reviewers] Latest Featured Themes, seriously?
emil at uzelac.me
Thu Jul 3 17:17:47 UTC 2014
On my list!
On Thu, Jul 3, 2014 at 12:16 PM, Srikanth Koneru <tskk79 at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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
>> 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>
>>> 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 (
>>> 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.
>>> Twitter @trentlapinski
>>> Skype: mobiletrent
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>>> theme-reviewers at lists.wordpress.org
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