Themes Team Meeting Notes – June 13, 2023

Howdy Mates! :wave:

The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion.


1. Weekly updates

In the past 7 days,

  • 547 tickets were opened
  • 548 tickets were closed
    • 544 tickets were made live.
      • 23 new Themes were made live.
      • 521 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 4 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

For now, 14 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 are currently reviewing

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

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: 4 (@kafleg, @acosmin, @shrestharaaz, @bijayyadav)

2. Experience sharing – WCEU 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.

The Contributor’s Day event at 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. Europe 2023 on June 8 was a great success. First, thank you @poena and @onemaggie for leading the table.

During the meeting, @onemaggie shared that it was a nice experience leading the table. She mentioned that they had two tables full of people who worked on 8 pull requests (PRs) for Blue Note, the theme being developed by the community. They also worked on 3 PRs in 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. that were related to theme development. The specific PRs they worked on were:

Everyone made great progress on this theme, and it was evident that everyone enjoyed working on it too.

Moreover, they received a shoutout from @chanthaboune during the closing keynote, recognizing the excellent work done by the theme table. Everyone involved should feel very proud of their contributions.

@scruffian also added that he was there and helping out. All of the issues were taken by new contributors so he helped out by adding missing features to Gutenberg.

Thank you to everyone who joined the themes table. We are so excited for another big contributor day in WordCamp US.

3. Open Floor

During the open floor, @brianhenryie is hopeful that someone will take the time to review his PR, and he is willing to put in more effort to further work on it and ensure its successful merging. He has a pull request (PR) on an issue in WPTRT/admin-notices that he would like to be merged. The PR addresses a race condition in Firefox where the dismissal of admin notices was not being persisted. The specific issue and PR are as follows:

On the other hand, @greenshady shared a quick update on the Theme Handbook Overhaul. There are now three new drafts and one in-progress draft for the “Getting Started” chapter. There is still plenty more to do, so this is just a gentle reminder that anyone is welcome to contribute to this project. He is also happy to co-write documentation with others or provide assistance in any way possible.

@kafleg already reviewed some drafts and added feedback. He will review the other remaining as well.

There was a question about when we will start adding these drafts on the site. Justin said, “I think we’ll need to be at least 75% complete (rough guess) before publishing, but it will depend. Many of the new docs will tie/link back to other new docs, so they need to be written for the links to work. I think we’ll know more as the project continues. “.

@brianhenryie added it might fall under the categoryCategory The 'category' taxonomy lets you group posts / content together that share a common bond. Categories are pre-defined and broad ranging. of “Publishing Themes,” but the problem of how to migrate a block theme from staging to production is one that I am unsure of how to solve. It could potentially be a valuable addition to the “Guides” chapter, providing step-by-step instructions on this topic.

 Justin responded, it could be a suitable topic for the Developer Blog, which offers opportunities for contributing informative articles. You can find more information on how to contribute to the Developer Blog at

@kafleg asked if anyone had noticed the changes in the themes and plugins directories. They mentioned a couple of observations: the search options are no longer available, and the number of themes is also no longer displayed. Additionally, they shared a link ( related to the categorization of plugins and themes.

They suggested that if anyone wants to add commercial or community themes, they should send an email to They mentioned that this process is currently manual and requires some human intervention.

We would like to request you all check the announcement post and try to contribute.

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