January 17, 2017 meeting notes

We had a fairly productive meeting with loads of good ideas. Read the Slack transcript here.

Hangout Ideas

Ideas proposed for the next hangout:

  • Working with the customizerCustomizer Tool built into WordPress core that hooks into most modern themes. You can use it to preview and modify many of your site’s appearance settings., possibly discussing how best to implement options such as slides.
  • Using coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. hooksHooks In WordPress theme and development, hooks are functions that can be applied to an action or a Filter in WordPress. Actions are functions performed when a certain event occurs in WordPress. Filters allow you to modify certain functions. Arguments used to hook both filters and actions look the same..

Disappearing reviewers

The team voted to automatically remove a reviewer if they have not added a comment in the ticket for 2 days after being assigned as the reviewer on a ticket. The ticket would then go back to the top of the queue so that another reviewer could pick it up.

Improving queue

Docs: The discussion evolved into improving the handbook and making things much clearer for theme authors and new reviewers. One proposal is to make February “theme handbook review” month, in which we spend time working on and improving the handbook.

Mentoring: There are a number of people who would like to bring the mentorship program back (+9 in favor). However, the concern is having enough experienced reviewers with the time to mentor new reviewers. If you’re a theme reviewer who would like to mentor, please comment below so that we can have a general count of who might be interested.

Priority queue: +13 votes were registered in favor of the following priority queue idea:

2) Priority queue for theme authors who have had less than 5 issues in their last theme review and they would be removed if they have more than 5 issues in a review. The number of theme authors on the list may be small in the beginning but this will be a goal for theme authors to work to and provide additional motivation to make sure the themes are up to standard. This should be relatively easy to implement with a custom report and perhaps some customisation to the assign review button.

Improving theme author experience

@ilovewpcom is in charge of working on the “theme author experience” project (just came up with that name). If you’re interested in helping out with making the uploading/reviewing experience better (from a theme author perspective) or sharing ideas, pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” him on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/..