Meeting notes from September 10th, 2019

A meeting was held with the proposed agenda.

The following is the recap of the meeting, you can read the meeting transcript in the slack archives (a Slack account is required).


In the past seven days:

  • 399 tickets were opened
  • 374 tickets were closed:
    • 357 tickets were made live
      • 7 new Themes were made live
      • 350 Theme updates were made live
      • 5 more were approved but are waiting to be made live
    • 17 tickets were not-approved
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded

Proposal: Revive monthly review shindigs

@djrmom Suggested that we revive the monthly review shindigs (

For those who don’t know:

Every first weekend of the month we do a queue push where we try to review as many themes as we can. Please keep in mind that it is not just about numbers but we want to focus on quality reviews as well so don’t feel like you have to do 10 themes over the weekend.

Jose Castaneda (

It was agreed that we should schedule it, and see how it works.

Plan for the next team leads

@joyously wanted to know when was the last time since new leads were elected. Current team lead @williampatton had an announcement that we’ll share here

I have been acting as lead and dealing with various duties for a long time. An awful lot longer than I ever expected.

This month marks the 18 month point. Originally the intention was that a term should last 6 months only.

With uncertainty about what GutenbergGutenberg The Gutenberg project is the new Editor Interface for WordPress. The editor improves the process and experience of creating new content, making writing rich content much simpler. It uses ‘blocks’ to add richness rather than shortcodes, custom HTML etc. would hold and the future for themes I felt lead transitions would be highly disruptive and I wanted to avoid that. Perhaps it was not my place to make such a decision however I have done what I thought best at all times.

There will never be a perfect time to do lead transitions and with that being said: now is as good a time as any.

Please think about who you want to be leading TRT going forward and decide how best to guide them the direction the Team wants to go in. As is always the case I am available through transition to assist where that may be needed or useful. I’m not going anywhere, just stepping aside to let someone else have their turn.

Let’s try to have the transition process underway by the end of this month at the latest.

For me now is the right time for 2 reasons.

1. First and foremost it is time for someone else to have a turn at this. Being a team lead has been an incredibly rewarding experience which has allowed me to grow as a developer and feel like a very welcome part of our amazing WordPress community. Someone else deserves to be able to have that experience as well.
2. Secondly, I cannot guarantee availability as-and-when needed in the same way that I used to be able to. The more limited time I have here I want to be able to spend on things other than admin or management tasks. I have projects in mind I want to pursue but have not had the time to do it.

William Patton

It was proposed that an election for the new position is held. Anybody that is interested should directly message @kafleg, he will consult with the senior and key reviewers and will try to sort out the list of names for the election.

William mentioned that he would like to have a Theme Review Team reps instead of leads.
There are many people here with lots of various skills but have issues with the time commitment. Nobody really has a guarantee on how much time they can manage.

@poena mentioned that reps should be people who know what they do best and do that.

In the end, it was decided that a list of possible rep roles will be made and proposed rep leads in those areas.

Some questions remained unanswered and will be covered in the next meeting, such as a decision about ‘starter themes’ in the repo, impact of skip links and keyboard navigation requirements and the existing themes in the repo.

Triage meeting reminder

And in the end a small reminder about the Theme Review Triage meeting that will be held tomorrow.

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