[theme-reviewers] Tackling long review times

Afzaal (ThinkUpThemes) wordpress at thinkupthemes.com
Wed Oct 29 13:27:52 UTC 2014

Wow, wasn’t expecting such aggression. Just sharing thoughts Srikanth. J


Love to hear your thoughts as mentioned. Do you think it’s beneficial to end users to have a broken theme and for us to not have this discussion?


From: theme-reviewers [mailto:theme-reviewers-bounces at lists.wordpress.org] On Behalf Of Srikanth Koneru
Sent: 29 October 2014 13:24
To: Discussion list for WordPress theme reviewers.
Subject: Re: [theme-reviewers] Tackling long review times


Instead of wasting time monitoring the percentages, its more beneficial to actually review themes.


On Wed, Oct 29, 2014 at 6:43 PM, Afzaal (ThinkUpThemes) <wordpress at thinkupthemes.com> wrote:

Hello all,


I just wanted to share some thoughts and hear the thoughts from others on possible methods for tackling the long wait time for theme reviews. Although long wait times are less of an issue for new themes, I’m more concerned with the recent increase in wait times for theme updates. Often updates are released to fix issues and in an ideal world it would be great to have these reach users quickly.


In a recent discussion Tammie applauded SiteOrigin for their commitment in allocating 5% of their resources to assist with WordPress.org activities. I definitely believe that anyone benefitting financially from WordPress.org should in recognition of this opportunity allocate some of their resources back to WordPress.org. Anything at all would be beneficial.


So here’s my proposal. Any author that submits a theme (either new or update) should first complete a review before that theme itself can be reviewed. 


The benefits of this are:


·         Reduce the wait time in the review queue.

·         More themes will be reviewed by experienced developers (those who themselves have developed a theme for acceptance to WP.org

·         Help to make the reviewer a better developer.


As an initial thought the number of reviews that the author must complete will be a percentage based on the number of themes ahead of them in the review queue.


·         New Theme – Review 2%. E.g if you are approximately at position 100, kindly review 2 new themes.

·         Theme update – Review 10%. E.g if you are approximately at position 60, kindly review 6 updates.


I know that this is a very rough estimate, and yes the absolute value calculated from the percentage will vary as each new review is picked up. However, I’d like to think we can be trusted to broadly follow any guidelines we may agree upon.


Love to hear your thoughts! J



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