<html><head></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space; "><div>In terms of requirements for being a reviewer, being passionate about WordPress and willing to learn are the only two indispensable things in my opinion. A lot of themes unfortunately fail the most basic checks (theme/author URI, screenshot, licensing,), so technical skills aren't even needed in those cases. Besides, you can pick up the necessary knowledge quite easily in parallel to doing reviews. </div><div><br></div><div>I started reviewing themes after watching a video of Matt where he mentioned that joining the WPTRT is the best way to become better at developing themes. And he was absolutely right, I learned A LOT.</div><div><br></div><div>Besides this, I agree that giving back to the community is probably the biggest motivation. Considering the number of outright crappy or simply sloppily coded themes out there, it is important to keep standards high on <a href="http://WordPress.org">WordPress.org</a>.</div><div><br></div><div>[shameless plug] I wrote a guest post about a similar subject, maybe this can be of interest to you: <a href="http://www.wpkube.com/join-the-wordpress-theme-review-team/">http://www.wpkube.com/join-the-wordpress-theme-review-team/</a> [/shameless plug]</div><div><br><blockquote type="cite"><div>Message: 7<br>Date: Fri, 7 Jun 2013 03:44:02 -0700<br>From: Jose Castaneda <<a href="mailto:jomcastaneda@gmail.com">jomcastaneda@gmail.com</a>><br>To: <a href="mailto:theme-reviewers@lists.wordpress.org">theme-reviewers@lists.wordpress.org</a><br>Subject: Re: [theme-reviewers] Becoming a theme reviewer<br>Message-ID:<br><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space:pre">   </span><<a href="mailto:CAMEGQRcXY0NR0bC+EsiVu8cnJJ0c1LgCVX18U9exvbt_0LFGWg@mail.gmail.com">CAMEGQRcXY0NR0bC+EsiVu8cnJJ0c1LgCVX18U9exvbt_0LFGWg@mail.gmail.com</a>><br>Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"<br><br>It's funny, Peter, I don't know why I didn't even think about having an<br>understanding of WordPress as one. I do agree that giving back to WordPress<br>may be one of the bigger reasons for wanting to be a part as well.<br><br>I'd love to hear what the admin have to say as well if/when they get a<br>chance.<br><br>For me it is currently something I do on the side. The reason for wanting<br>to be part of the team is because I wanted to learn more about WordPress.<br><br><br>On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 10:55 PM, Peter Kakoma <<a href="mailto:kakomap@gmail.com">kakomap@gmail.com</a>> wrote:<br><br><blockquote type="cite">A good theme reviewer needs a solid understanding of the way WordPress<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">works; Knowing PHP,HTML, CSS, JS is one thing, knowing how they gel<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">together in the WordPress world is something slightly different. Hooks,<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">filters, template files, plugins, etc<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">Steps towards attaining that solid understanding come with , at the lowest<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">level of the pyramid, creating a theme, submitting it for approval and<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">getting it approved. It is one thing to read through all the rules; it is<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">another reading through them knowing that the theme you submit is going to<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">be judged by them. You'll comprehend them better and they'll become<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">second-nature<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">I wanted to review themes because I had a theme to give away; I read the<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">rules to the dot, created the theme and hit submit. It was rejected; I<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">realized I hadn't internalized the rules. Re-read the rules over and over<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">and cleaned-up after myself. Became a reviewer to create better<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">themes....and to give back to WordPress<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 5:09 AM, Chip Bennett <<a href="mailto:chip@chipbennett.net">chip@chipbennett.net</a>> wrote:<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">Actually, I'd be grateful if people *did* reply here on the mail-list.<br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">I'd love to hear what people have to say. Such honest feedback loops are<br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">usually the most valuable means of improvement.<br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">On Wed, Jun 5, 2013 at 8:50 PM, Jose Castaneda <<a href="mailto:jomcastaneda@gmail.com">jomcastaneda@gmail.com</a>>wrote:<br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">Hey ladies and gentlemen,<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">I am in the middle or writing a post on what it takes to become part of<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">the WPTRT and would love to get your feedback. Of course the basic<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">knowledge of PHP, HTML, CSS and JavaScript are some but would love to hear<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">about not only experiences but what you feel makes a for a good theme<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">reviewer and what made you decide you wanted to review themes.<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">If this is in the wrong place, my apologies, but please don't hesitate<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">to email directly so as not to flood the list with all the replies.<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">Thank in advance,<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">Jose.<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">_______________________________________________<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">theme-reviewers mailing list<br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><a href="mailto:theme-reviewers@lists.wordpress.org">theme-reviewers@lists.wordpress.org</a><br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><a href="http://lists.wordpress.org/mailman/listinfo/theme-reviewers">http://lists.wordpress.org/mailman/listinfo/theme-reviewers</a><br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">_______________________________________________<br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite">theme-reviewers mailing list<br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><a href="mailto:theme-reviewers@lists.wordpress.org">theme-reviewers@lists.wordpress.org</a><br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><a href="http://lists.wordpress.org/mailman/listinfo/theme-reviewers">http://lists.wordpress.org/mailman/listinfo/theme-reviewers</a><br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">--<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><a href="http://www.urbanlegendkampala.com">www.urbanlegendkampala.com</a><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">_______________________________________________<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite">theme-reviewers mailing list<br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><a href="mailto:theme-reviewers@lists.wordpress.org">theme-reviewers@lists.wordpress.org</a><br></blockquote><blockquote type="cite"><a href="http://l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