Themes Team Meeting Notes – August 08, 2023

Howdy Mates! :wave:

The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion.


1. Weekly updates

In the past 7 days,

  • 767 tickets were opened
  • 752 tickets were closed
    • 744 tickets were made live.
      • 23 new Themes were made live.
      • 721 Theme updates were made live.
      • 3 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 8 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

For now, 17 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. In the last 7 days, 5 blocks themes are live.

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: 7 (@kafleg@acosmin@shrestharaaz@fahimmurshed@bijayyadav, @travel_girl, @rajinsharwar).

In the part of the documentation,

  • Updated contributor day page.
  • Updated sidebarSidebar A sidebar in WordPress is referred to a widget-ready area used by WordPress themes to display information that is not a part of the main content. It is not always a vertical column on the side. It can be a horizontal rectangle below or above the content area, footer, header, or any where in the theme. button to WordPress Community Themes in the make themes blog page.

You can see the entire week’s updates here.

2.  AI Images in themes

There was a question in the #themereview channel asking it is allowed to use AI-generated images in the themes. In the meeting, we discussed the possibility of using AI images.

@greenshady said, “I think it just depends on the license like any other images. That may depend on the service itself and who owns the image. Just a note that what’s required is GPLGPL GPL is an acronym for GNU Public License. It is the standard license WordPress uses for Open Source licensing The GPL is a ‘copyleft’ license This means that derivative work can only be distributed under the same license terms. This is in distinction to permissive free software licenses, of which the BSD license and the MIT License are widely used examples. or compatible rather than something being CC0”.

@poena added Midjourney has terms that say that media created by non-pro users are Creative Commons Noncommercial 4.0 Attribution International License. So they can’t be used with GPL. What’s worse is:

  • Pro user has no image license at all.
  • Midjourney can’t really set that license until whatever Court in their country has decided

And even if a court in their country says one thing that might not be OK in another. It is not a matter of hosting the images.

For the AI images, you should provide proof that your image is GPL-compatible, otherwise, it is not allowed.

3. WordPress 6.3 release day

On the meeting day, we also had a release day of WordPress 6.3. In my question to, “Which is your favorite feature or improvement that you like in 6.3?” We got the below response.

  • @shivashankerbhatta – The Styles Tab in the main Editor Panel and theme preview feature.
  • @greenshady –  Block spacing/gap support for Query LoopLoop The Loop is PHP code used by WordPress to display posts. Using The Loop, WordPress processes each post to be displayed on the current page, and formats it according to how it matches specified criteria within The Loop tags. Any HTML or PHP code in the Loop will be processed on each post. Template.
  • @kafleg – Navigating through templates is super easy in 6.3. Also, creating patterns(sync and non-sync).
  • @aslamnaik – Support for loading scripts with defer or async.

4. 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. at different WordCamps

If you are attending any WordCamps soon, try to join the themes team. We are looking for your contribution to make themes even better.

5. Community Themes

Blue Note from the WordPress community is currently under development. You can also join and contribute to the community themes. (While writing this note, the Blue Note is already submitted on The community site where WordPress code is created and shared by the users. This is where you can download the source code for WordPress core, plugins and themes as well as the central location for community conversations and organization. and is currently under review.)

If you are wondering what to contribute, you can create patterns, test the theme, or fix the code as well. You can also create designs for new themes and contribute to the community themes.

6. Open floor

During the open floor, @kafleg shared a link to a casual conversation about how you can create custom design tools for blocks from a theming perspective. It is going to be run by @greenshady and @ndiego Thursday, August 17, 2023, at 1:00 PM CST (18:00 UTC). Read more here.

Keep contributing!

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