Themes triage

Triage, as described in the test handbook, is a process of sorting, labeling, and closing issues on the TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub. or GithubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that can can easily be shared, copied and modified by other developers. Public repositories are free to host, private repositories require a paid subscription. GitHub introduced the concept of the ‘pull request’ where code changes done in branches by contributors can be reviewed and discussed before being merged be the repository owner.

In the context of the Themes Team, the triage encompasses several things:

The idea is to go through the tickets/issues and see which can be closed, change the priority (if needed), and finding ‘champions’ who will be responsible for handling the issues.

If you are interested in discussing a specific ticket, you are welcome to bring it up during a team meeting.

Triage workflow Triage workflow

During triage, we go through the open issues, closing the ones that can be closed and prioritizing other issues.

We try to assign a champion to the issues with the highest priority. Some tickets/issues already have a priority registered, but we need to see if these priorities need to be changed.

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Championing the ticket/issue/PR/patch Championing the ticket/issue/PR/patch

Championing means being the person who is responsible for seeing that the issue is worked on. Ideally, champions are people who have some coding knowledge and can work on the issues.
But they can also be people who are good at managing a project and finding people willing to work on the issue and seeing the issue is resolved within a sensible time frame.

For 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. tickets, we need people who are comfortable with working on the meta repository alongside meta contributors.

For some of these issues, we depend on the meta team who can change how things work on the theme directory.

Other issues should have either a good proposal with a clear way of solving them or need input from the meta team. Hopefully, once we show some initiative on them we’ll have good feedback and will be able to sort them out.

For the theme coding standards and Theme SnifferTheme Sniffer Theme Sniffer is a plugin utilizing custom sniffs for PHP_CodeSniffer that statically analyzes your theme and ensures that it adheres to WordPress coding conventions, as well as checking your code against PHP version compatibility. The plugin is available from GitHub. Themes are not required to pass the Theme Sniffer scan without warnings or errors to be included in the theme directory. issues, we need people who will work on providing code examples (in the case of the standards) or are willing to learn how to write sniffssniff A module for PHP Code Sniffer that analyzes code for a specific problem. Multiple stiffs are combined to create a PHPCS standard. The term is named because it detects code smells, similar to how a dog would "sniff" out food. and how to fix issues on the Theme Sniffer 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.

We also need to reach some conclusion on the open issues in the coding standards so that sniffs can be written for them.
Once we have the prioritization fixed we can schedule additional meetings for discussion on working on these projects.

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Resources Resources

This Google docs sheet can be used as a reference for the meta related issues. Issues form the other projects will be added as the time passes so that we have it in one place and can reference it in the meetings.

Triage sheet

Contributing to WPThemeReview

Contributing to Theme Sniffer

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