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  1. Janette

    It read more like Automattic crew came down hard on the review team and cracked the whip to dumb down the tests so that Twenty Fourteen would then pass the test even with long post title overflowing over the sideboard.

    AUtomattic crew sounded it was all about theme designers but its all about them … 2014 theme and why dad had to pass three reviewers pout.. See track ticket where it all started http://core.track.wordpress.org/ticket/25008

    First time I see volunteers treated badly no respect.


  2. It’s painful, reading how so many others went through the exact same negative experience with submitting a theme as I did, and being callously dismissed as “lazy”.

    Maybe WP should just stop accepting theme submissions, it’s obvious they don’t really want any, and people who keep submitting simply happen to be masochists.

  3. Flick

    I am in two minds about it… but having never submitted a theme to the Repository before, I have never experienced the submission side of it. However, what I did like about the previous setup is that one would be reassured that the theme *met* certain standards. Ultimately, quite a lot of things are subjective (even auditing or risk management) – it will certainly be interesting to see how the changes might affect the Repository in the future.


  4. @Janette

    It read more like Automattic crew came down hard on the review team and cracked the whip…

    Just to be clear: Automattic have no authority over WPORG or the WP Theme Review Team. The decision to make the change came out of considerable discussion by many developers and reviewers, not as an edict from anyone at Automattic. And if it doesn’t work, or we find that overall Theme quality suffers as a result, we’ll change it back.

    @Felix

    Maybe WP should just stop accepting theme submissions, it’s obvious they don’t really want any, and people who keep submitting simply happen to be masochists.

    I see you still have that same, three-year-old chip on your shoulder. That’s unfortunate. In the past six months, almost 500 new Themes have been added to the Theme directory. One of those could have been yours. Shame.


  5. I see you still have that same, three-year-old chip on your shoulder.

    Yeah, yeah. Sorry for bitching about it again. But that should give you an idea of how much it stung. Now thanks to this article I learned that I wasn’t the only one, not by far. And instead of praising this attempt to change things for the better, some people keep insulting theme submitters.


  6. This is a very welcome change, hooray!
    I am curious to see how that will effect the way for devs to submit more and better business-like or whatever different themes. Exciting times ahead, yeah!! :)

    I absolutely respect the hard work of Chip and the whole review team! Keep up your good work where you serve with your time the world wide community!

    THANK YOU!

    Dave from Germany :)


  7. @Flick

    However, what I did like about the previous setup is that one would be reassured that the theme *met* certain standards.

    That still remains absolutely true. The Theme Unit Tests represent only 5-10% of the Guidelines.

  8. Flick

    @Chip Bennett – I stand corrected then :) Had this assumption that the Unit Tests were a substantial part of the Guidelines.


  9. @Flick

    Had this assumption that the Unit Tests were a substantial part of the Guidelines.

    No worries. :) I don’t see the change as especially controversial, to be honest. If a Theme passes all of the code guidelines, there’s very little chance, outside of deliberate design decisions, that a Theme would not pass all of the Theme Unit Tests as well – and we’ve always tried to defer as much as possible to the developer’s design aesthetic and decisions.

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