Themes Team Meeting Notes – July 13, 2021

You can find the full meeting transcript on Slack (login required).

This meeting was based on the agenda. You can check agendas here

1. Weekly updates

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. See this week’s updates here. Thank you @poena for this post. 

Current status:

  • 5 new tickets are waiting for review.

In the past 7 days,

  • 362 tickets were opened
  • 370 tickets were closed:
  • 351 tickets were made live.
  • 29 new Themes were made live.
  • 322 Theme updates were made live.
  • 0 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
  • 19 tickets were not-approved.
  • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 4

2. Theme directory uploads

On 7/7/ 2021, theme uploads were broken for a few hours due to the tracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub. authentication change. The themes were added to SVNSVN Apache Subversion (often abbreviated SVN, after its command name svn) is a software versioning and revision control system. Software developers use Subversion to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation. Its goal is to be a mostly compatible successor to the widely used Concurrent Versions System (CVS). WordPress core and the released code are all centrally managed through SVN., but the trac tickets were not created for those themes. The issue was resolved quickly by the metaMeta Meta is a term that refers to the inside workings of a group. For us, this is the team that works on internal WordPress sites like WordCamp Central and Make WordPress. team and @dd32

3. Prevent spam and keyword stuffing

During the meeting, attendees discussed whether there needs to be a new requirement added for spam and keyword stuffing. The attendees agree that it is difficult to steward the description whether automated or manual.

@joyously suggested making the readme visible so that it’s not only searchable but also provides more room for the authors to describe their themes. 

@poena also suggested that a pluginPlugin A plugin is a piece of software containing a group of functions that can be added to a WordPress website. They can extend functionality or add new features to your WordPress websites. WordPress plugins are written in the PHP programming language and integrate seamlessly with WordPress. These can be free in the Plugin Directory or can be cost-based plugin from a third-party similar to Akismet can be used to find spam in the description. See the related meta ticket #5773. You can follow up on the proposal and discussion here

4. Theme Check plugin new update

The new version of the Theme Check plugin will be released in the upcoming days. This release will solve the upload issue for 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. themes and wp_title issues. Besides that, there are some minor fixes too.

5. Open Floor

The process of updating the existing theme to accessibilityAccessibility Accessibility (commonly shortened to a11y) refers to the design of products, devices, services, or environments for people with disabilities. The concept of accessible design ensures both “direct access” (i.e. unassisted) and “indirect access” meaning compatibility with a person’s assistive technology (for example, computer screen readers). ( was discussed. When the existing themes are changed to accessibility-ready, they will be listed in the Updates to accessibility-ready themes report.

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