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  1. Justin Tadlock

    This shift is not as radical as some might think. Some kind of change was inevitable because what we’ve has been doing isn’t sustainable and definitely not a good use of the team’s time. At least now, there’s an organized effort to make some changes.

    The big difference is Matt’s original mission statement for the TRT seems to be open for change (or, at least a reinterpretation of it). And, there’s some indication that we might get to make some changes on things we’ve been wanting for years.

    There are tons of ideas. I have a lot of thoughts on the subject (it’s actually multiple-related subjects), but we need feedback right now from a wide audience.

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  2. Andre

    As I mentioned in my comment to Tammie, “Well, it’s a start”. I still believe the surveys are limited in information collection, but the one thing many can agree on is that change is definitely needed. There’s two sides of the Theme Directory, or rather two user groups that feedback is needed from…

    1. Theme Developers – who submit themes to the directory
    2. The end-users – who browses and downloads themes from the directory.

    In turn, I am hoping whatever changes come from all of this, that all parties involved will find a balance of positive changes; including the TRT (I guess could be added as the 3rd group) who also extends their own time to perform the reviews of author submitted themes. I’ve been asked to be a reviewer, but I think I will stand back for a while and see what happens before I make that choice. In the meantime, I still plan to keep designing and submitting themes.

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    • KTS915

      Exactly, Andre. At least it’s a start.

      I’ve just done the two surveys relevant to me, and they did seem to be asking the right questions too. Of course, we’ve no idea where this might lead, but it’s good to see this.

      If it leads to the creation of a theme repository that actually makes it possible to distinguish well-coded themes without XSS vulnerabilities from the rest, that would make for a huge improvement on the current hodge-podge.

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  3. Alan Kellogg

    My advice to all theme designers is, deliver on your promises.

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    • devinwalker

      I really like the survey method for gauging feedback from the community. We can squabble all we want in the forums and comments but analyzing real data and making informed decisions is how good decisions are made.

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  4. David McCan

    It is good to see that people are listening and open to new ideas.

    I thought the surveys were a good start but did not go into much depth, so I’m glad to hear that there will be further fact finding.

    I would suggest taking a look at other theme directories and even “showcases” of other kinds.

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  5. Emil Uzelac

    Gathering feedback is one of the best things that happen to TRT in a long time! I can’t wait to see the results.

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  6. Louis Reingold

    As Steve Jobs said, you’ve got to start from the customer experience and work backwards.

    So if you want to make the themes directory great, put yourself in the shoes of the users and figure out how to make their experience awesome.

    Also, not charging for something makes it hard to make it good. You lose the ability to use the most powerful signal of all time – whether people are willing to pay for it and how much.

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