Proposal: Approving Block Pattern Directory Submissions

Happy new year, everyone!

The BlockBlock Block is the abstract term used to describe units of markup that, composed together, form the content or layout of a webpage using the WordPress editor. The idea combines concepts of what in the past may have achieved with shortcodes, custom HTML, and embed discovery into a single consistent API and user experience. Pattern Directory will soon be live and ready to accept custom Block Pattern submissions! In anticipation of this new directory, questions have been raised around best practices for submitted Block Patterns.

To help encourage contributors to submit Block Patterns, I propose that some basic automated checks, along with spam filters, are implemented. These automated checks could be modeled after what the Plugins team has in place to avoid naming confusion, trademarks, etc. As long as a submitted Block Pattern passes these checks, it will be published immediately. Of course, if a Block Pattern passes the automated check, but includes inadvisable content (for example, an inappropriate image), it can be flagged for manual review.

If you have any concerns, questions, or thoughts about this proposal, please leave your thoughts in the comments by next Friday, January 14, 2022.