Themes Team Meeting Notes – February 28, 2023

Hello everyone.

The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on February 28, 2023. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

  • This week’s meeting agendas can be found here
  • The meeting agenda prepared by – @kafleg
  • Meeting facilitator – @kafleg
  • Notes taker – @kafleg
  • Full transcript – #themereview channel

1. Weekly updates

In the past 7 days,

  • 450 tickets were opened
  • 468 tickets were closed
  • 457 tickets were made live.
  • 31 new Themes were made live.
  • 426 Theme updates were made live.
  • 1 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
  • 10 tickets were not-approved.
  • 1 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Note: These stats include both the new theme tickets and updated theme tickets as well.

You can also find the weekly updates here.

The themes team published weekly updates about tickets and HelpScout emails. Here is the theme statistic for the past 7 days. The most current stats can be found here.

Number of theme reviewers: 3  (@kafleg@acosmin@bijayyadav)

2. WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Asia 2023 Contributor DayContributor Day Contributor Days are standalone days, frequently held before or after WordCamps but they can also happen at any time. They are events where people get together to work on various areas of There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus.

As you all know that WordCamp Asia 2023 contributor day went successfully. @bijayyadav and @sanjiv-saha were the table lead for the themes team.

During the meeting, @bijayyadav shared his experience with the themes table. He wrote, “We had a fantastic day. around 10-12, attendees attended the themes table. Some of them were new to the WordPress themes review process so we guided them on how to review WordPress themes and also showed them the theme review guidelines. I reviewed a theme to demonstrate how we review WordPress themes. Few of the attendees were theme authors themselves with some of the popular themes on WordPress theme repo. We discussed on differences between classic themes and 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 also what the best theme development approach would be.”.

Also, he added, “Overall it was fun and we also learned a lot from other fellow theme developers. There was not any difficulty as it was like a discussion session. All of us shared our views and our approaches to the work”.

@greenshady asked for the recorded things of the Contributor Day. As there was no complete recording but Contributor Day had a live webinar of 30 minutes and talked with table leads and the contributors. You can check it out here. This might help you to understand how beautiful the Contributor Day was. 🙂

3. Open Floor

There was a nice discussion happened. If you want to read it completely, go here.

@greenshady jumped in with a pre-announcement around a community themes proposal. He said,

“I wanted to share an initiative that was born and discussed with multiple themers that will help promote the creation of quality block themes and spread knowledge around building such themes.

The idea is to create a community themes repo that works the same way we collaborate when we build the default theme but all year round. We would build block themes together and help each other learn in the process. It won’t be subject to a deadline and we could have more than one theme being developed at once, allowing for more flexibility.

These themes would be released into the repository under the WordPress username the same way default themes and TT1 blocks are, giving appropriate credit to contributors.

There will soon be a post on the make blog with more info and to organize a hallway hangout to answer questions and discuss the idea further.”

@onemaggie added, “It would be great if any of you would like to participate in this idea in any capacity: with designs, code, ideas or reviews, all of it can help. Even just spreading the word to people who could be interested in learning and want to learn by doing”.

@poena asked, Are we using the theme experiments repository and the “core themes projectsslackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at channel? Maggie said, she started a new repo for it and she is fine to use the coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. themes project slack channel for the discussions.

If you are interested and want to contribute to community themes, join the #themereview channel or #core-themes-projects slack channel and get started. We are looking for your help in any area that you can.

Props to the meeting attendees: @greenshady, @bijayyadav, @amin7, @onemaggie, @elmastudio, @mhamal and @poena for joining the meeting.

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