[theme-reviewers] specialty themes, theme options that are only used if plugins are installed

carolina poena myazalea at hotmail.com
Wed Jun 11 04:59:12 UTC 2014

 Should this theme be suspended?
My review is in this ticket: https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/18824
and when I run the older, currently live theme, -this version: https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/12392
I'm receiving 23 errors only on the admin page of the theme and it doesn't display the latest post.
Similar themes from the same theme author: https://themes.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/18825

Date: Thu, 22 May 2014 23:58:46 -0500
From: emil at uzelac.me
To: theme-reviewers at lists.wordpress.org
Subject:  [theme-reviewers] specialty themes, theme options that are only used if plugins are installed

This is not a specialty Theme. What falls under the plugin territory should be noted and required to be either removed or moved into a companion plugin. We do not based exceptions on how old the Theme is. Rules are equal for all.

On Thursday, May 22, 2014, carolina poena <myazalea at hotmail.com> wrote:

I'm reviewing a rather large update for a theme that is already live, and it's very complex but the majority of the
code seems to be for functionality, not the actual design of a site.
How do we handle these specialty themes? Do we ask admin if the author has been granted an exception, or is it enough that

an admin at some point has pushed it live?
The theme almost works without the recommended plugin -it doesn't display the latest posts and there is a broken slideshow.
The purpose of the theme is obvious and it was also first approved 16 months ago, when is a theme considered old enough to be an exception?

I do feel that, since there already is a plugin, it would be a better choice to update the plugin, and clean up the theme.
When does it become "too much"?  it's a real estate theme and I'm finding options for 

Maximum Listings Per Search
Price Range Options
Currency Symbol
All of these are in the themes option page regardless if the plugin is installed or not, but most of them only actually do something if the plugin is installed.


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