[theme-reviewers] Contribution days

Emil Uzelac emil at uzelac.me
Mon Jul 14 16:26:27 UTC 2014

I will be in San Francisco for 5 days, including the Contribution Days.
Tickets can be assigned on the spot if needed.

On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM, Srikanth Koneru <tskk79 at gmail.com> wrote:

> A theme that does everything wrong as a training tool, for new reviewers
> to cut their teeth, they can practice on it and when ready can start
> reviewing themes. I think that will greatly reduce admin effort in auditing
> approved themes.
> On Mon, Jul 14, 2014 at 9:40 PM, Tammie Lister <karmatosed at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> I wanted to take a little moment to start up a discussion on whether
>> there is anything we can do to make contribution days run a little smoother
>> for theme reviews.
>> Currently, we have a request post that people post to in order to get a
>> review. Once assigned, they can do the review. This works well if time
>> isn’t poor, often at contribution days we just want to strike while the
>> iron is hot and get people contributing. Our current method also puts extra
>> weight on admins, who already are doing a great amount of work.
>> Having people post also poses issues when people may not have posted on
>> the blog. They then have to wait to be approved as flagged as potential
>> spam before they can even post. This is a double hurdle.
>> I absolutely understand why we need to have a process and why we can’t
>> just let anyone review anything without easing them in. However, I do
>> wonder what could be done to improve this process and encourage more people
>> to contribute. We need reviewers and contribution days are a great place to
>> recruit :)
>> If one of us that can assign our own reviews, is at a contribution day we
>> can assign to ourselves. But, that limits it again. Ideally nobody would
>> need to be there that has any level.
>> I don’t claim to have the answers, but I have a few possibilities:
>> 1. Better documentation on how to do your first review. I think Chip, you
>> were going to refresh your great post about that - time willing of course.
>> 2. A ‘how to run a theme review section at contribution day’ section.
>> 3. Maybe a pool of past themes we can give new reviewers to ‘cut their
>> teeth’? This could also even be a test theme. Maybe to level the playing
>> field one that covers the basics you should know. Possibly a cool sub
>> project? A doing_it_wrong theme.
>> I’m sure I am missing some great ideas, hence interested what people
>> think. I’d love to find ways we can make this process better and get more
>> contributors as a result.
>> What do people think?
>> Tammie Lister
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