1. Andre

    I remember seeing the team add a massive load of themes that were lost in the mix for up to 5 months back into the queue ahead of others which then pushed current themes back about 2 months. I was like, WTF! But then you realize these are authors who were left way behind due to reviewers abandoning the review, so you can’t help but feel sorry for them waiting so long. On a good note, the review team picked up steam in November to go through that backlog and went through them all.

    I am definitely looking forward to the auto updates, because I hated telling people, sorry, you have to wait for the update to go live.

    The Handbook is getting better, but I still believe many authors don’t really use it as often as they should…one of many reasons why there are so many themes submitted that are not ready.

    I know the review team hated this idea, but I mentioned before that design quality is something that needs attention on reviews. I see too many themes submitted, reviewed, and go live that really should not have been. I know it’s subjective and hard to review design quality, but reviews are only “code” based. I bet I could submit a 1990 FrontPage developed design with animated gifs, neon colours everywhere, falling snowflakes, and flashing banners…..as long as the code is 100% it would end up in the directory. Hmmm…I should try that, lol :)

    However, on a more serious note, I can definitely say that for the last year or two, we’re beginning to see a lot more professional looking themes with great design and style that are getting into the directory. One can see this as an opportunity to challenge theme authors to create and submit better looking themes.

    I’m looking forward to what happens this year, because I plan on submitting a lot more themes to the directory…at least 12 more for 2016.


  2. Samuel "Otto" Wood

    Sorry about the automated update delays. Working on it. ;)


  3. Matt

    This is where I’d love to see the “verified badge” play out. If a veteran author is submitting a new theme, perhaps it gets put into an auto approve queue as well? Some kind of Disney-like FastPass? (it’s even CamelCase!)


  4. Liver Lips

    Is there a list of testing objectives that an automated test would look to achieve? Is that list vastly different than what is done manually? I like the notion of a “verified badge” but the precise “why(s)” it is awarded should be transparently discussed. In many ways the themes that populate the WordPress “marketplace” inherit valuable brand chi along the line of the old Goodhousekeeping seal of approval. Nothing in the new process should be allowed to result in releases that devalue that (extremely valuable) WordPress brand chi.

    Manually testing each theme (or plugin for that matter) does seem somewhat archaic- if that is actually what is happening. Most software development organizations could not survive/scale/produce/innovate varietal products without some “deeply” integrated testing automation. Especially one so large as the WordPress village/tribe/Cabala of software professionals.

    As far as aesthetics go, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and should be left that way as much as practicality will allow. If code is poetry then certainly themes are art. As long as the “rules” are followed underneath who can judge what is art? Maybe golden ratio or some color ethics applied generously…

    In the end, the market will judge the themes and plugins, so they will either live or die. As long as bad code is filtered out of the marketplace and there is a strong reward/incentive for theme developers to make great themes everything should cruise harmonically. Speed and efficiency will help make more shiny themes and keep everyone feeling special while pressing and coding. Nirvana!


  5. Goran

    Whatabout premium themes? When will that be turned on again? Envato’s latest greed could see quite alot of good theme authors moving to WordPress.


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