[theme-reviewers] Why can't theme authors have a second version of a theme?

Philip M. Hofer (Frumph) philip at frumph.net
Sat Sep 27 01:48:43 UTC 2014

Just going to giggle at this., and not cause any waves about it.

From: Otto 
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 5:54 PM
To: Discussion list for WordPress theme reviewers. 
Subject: Re: [theme-reviewers] Why can't theme authors have a second version of a theme?

On Fri, Sep 26, 2014 at 7:42 PM, Trent Lapinski <trent at cyberchimps.com> wrote:

  The TRT has been over ruled by the WordPress Foundation, Matt himself, and has been greatly influenced by Automattic and Audrey Capitol.

Trent, let's be a bit more civil than that. The Foundation, Matt, and those at Automattic have not done any such thing. 

If Emil and the other admins want to change the rules, then nobody's going to stop them. I personally think it's a bad idea, and I'll say so, but I'm not going to use any form of veto power for something that is ultimately so silly.

When I want the rules to be changed, then I have to email those admins and convince them. Done it before. 

The only time I've ever been really adamant about anything with regards to the review guidelines was on the security aspects. No using eval and base64 and such. Things like that. Those are pretty obvious and sell themselves, really. Those security things are the *only* thing I've ever pushed into the guidelines (via theme-check) unilaterally.

My point was that talking to Emil and the other admins about it, in ticket, is far from pointless. They do have the power to give you an exception. They do have the power to change the guidelines. They do have the power to ignore any or all of the guidelines based on their best judgment. That's why they're the admins. I'm not going to stop them, nor is the Foundation, or Automattic. As for Matt, he likely doesn't have an opinion on the matter either way and would probably have no issue with it. 

There is no need to be quite so extremely confrontational like this every time you run into a minor disagreement. You don't need to convince me, but you probably could convince them.


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