Proposal: changes to the themes team

https://make.wordpress.org/themes/ states:

“The primary focus of the team is to help theme authors transition to 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.-based themes.”

Let’s bring that in with the description of what the team does and their priorities.

The current issues:

  • The name of the team’s SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. channel doesn’t fit anymore: the team is no longer called the Themes Review team, but the slack channel is still called #themereview. This creates confusion for contributors, especially in the context of contributor days and general onboarding.
  • Team competencies have expanded: so far, the main task of the team members has been reviews. With the advent of block themes, the queues have become much shorter, and not many reviewers are needed anymore. Some team members have moved on to participate in theme-related tasks such as creating new default themes, helping maintain past default themes, and also contributing to community themes. Some have created patterns or even moved to focus on easing the gap between classic and block themes with work in the editor itself. All of this combines to focus on helping those creating themes move and grow in using block themes.
  • The need for visibility of an expanded team: If the team’s competencies expand, onboarding new theme members allows for a greater diversity of profiles. We want to collaborate closer with the design team, coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. editor team and empower designers to collaborate and contribute.

What now?

The next steps we recommend are:

  • Rename Slack channel to #themes.
  • Meetings:
    • Continue to have a team meeting focused on theme reviews. This remains an opportunity for theme authors to ask questions about submitting their themes.
    • Begin to have a weekly bug scrub for default themes on Monday afternoons at 14:00 BST.
  • Team reporting:
    • The team will continue to report stats on the number of submitted and closed themes, reviews, and emails…
    • Default theme stats will be reported each month at the end of the month.
  • Team reps:
    • Team reps don’t need to cover all the new areas of focus of the team, but hopefully, this change will encourage people from outside the scope of reviews to volunteer as representatives in the future
  • Encourage contribution days to have theme tables to embrace this new focus.
  • Update the team handbook to reflect the changes.

Let’s discuss this proposal and see what the rest of the missing pieces here are.

This post was a collaborative effort of @acosmin @poena @kafleg @luminuu @desrosj @shivashankerbhatta @karmatosed @onemaggie

Props @chanthaboune for pre-publish review.

Themes Team Meeting Notes – May 14, 2024

The meeting notes are from the themes team discussion.

Attendees:

1. Weekly updates

  • 795 tickets were opened
  • 804 tickets were closed
    • 788 tickets were made live.
      • 40 new Themes were made live.
      • 748 Theme updates were made live.
      • 3 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 16 tickets were not approved.
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

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

Number of reviewers: 5 (@acosmin@kafleg@fahimmurshed@vowelweb@bijayyadav)

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. theme has been live in the last 7 days.

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. Europe 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.

During the meeting, @kafleg asked who is attending WCEU and he requested the meeting attendees to join the themes table.

On the contributor day @kafleg and @onemaggie will co-lead the table. And primary focus will be community themes. If you are passionate about block theme building, you can join the themes table and learn or contribute.

3. Open Floor

During the open floor, @kafleg shared a question from @bijayyadav.

Hello everyone. I’m reviewing a theme and it is a child themeChild theme A Child Theme is a customized theme based upon a Parent Theme. It’s considered best practice to create a child theme if you want to modify the CSS of your theme. https://developer.wordpress.org/themes/advanced-topics/child-themes/.. I checked the author’s profile and found that there are more than 50 child themes for a parent theme.

Do we’ve any guidelines on how many child themes can be created for a single-parent theme? I find it quite absurd creating so many child themes for a single-parent theme.

We were not able to answer this during the meeting. If you have any feedback or suggestions for it, comment down below.

David B also asked a question about 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). (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accessibility) and @kafleg answered him. You can read the entire conversation in #themereview channel.

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Themes team meeting agenda for May 14, 2024

The themes team convenes on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. The first meeting for this month is scheduled for May 14.

The meeting takes place in the #themereview channel on WordPress SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. and you need an account to participate.

Channel: #themereview | Time: Tuesday, May 14, 2024, 15:00 UTC

In addition to the predetermined agendas, we allocate time at the end for an open floor session where you are welcome to ask questions or share any themes-related information.

We highly encourage all members, as well as anyone with an interest, to participate. If you have specific agenda items you would like to include, please feel free to add them in the comment section below.

Meeting Agendas

I am looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!

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Themes Team Meeting Notes – April 23, 2024

Howdy Mates, welcome to 2024!

The meeting notes are from the themes team discussion.

Attendees:

1. Weekly updates

  • 767 tickets were opened
  • 784 tickets were closed
    • 767 tickets were made live.
      • 54 new Themes were made live.
      • 713 Theme updates were made live.
      • 2 more were approved but are waiting to be made live.
    • 17 tickets were not approved.
    • 0 tickets were closed-newer-version-uploaded.

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

Number of reviewers: 5 (@acosmin@kafleg@fahimmurshed@vowelweb@bijayyadav)

2. Bug scrub session on bundled themes

In WordPress make slackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform https://slack.com/. The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at https://make.wordpress.org/chat/. #core-themes channel, @karmatosed is leading bug scrub sessions on bundled themes in that channel.

If you want to test bundled themes or contribute to bundled themes, you can join that channel and bug scrub meeting. Read here how the first bug scrub happened.

In addition to that, now we have a default themes issue tracker in GitHubGitHub GitHub is a website that offers online implementation of git repositories that 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. https://github.com/. If you find anything that is related to Default themes (Twenty Twenty-Four, Twenty Twenty-Three… etc) you can make the issue here. That would be easy for us to track the work.

This is not the replacement of TracTrac Trac is the place where contributors create issues for bugs or feature requests much like GitHub.https://core.trac.wordpress.org/. but a way to see the bigger picture with multiple tickets. GitHub is easy for many contributors, but Trac is not that easy.

3. Open Floor

During the open floor, @onemaggie shared that last week in the community themes of GitHub added an action that adds a link on every PR to playground that allows you to test that PR directly with the theme that has the changes active.

You can navigate to one of the PRs in GitHub and see the action.

Also, there is an issue reported to improve this GitHub action. You can also comment there to make it better.

@onemaggie also came up with another question. She said, “I have one thing that I wanted to bring up: where do we update the copy that is usually used in WordCamps for 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 https://make.wordpress.org/ There are many teams that people can participate in, each with a different focus. https://2017.us.wordcamp.org/contributor-day/ https://make.wordpress.org/support/handbook/getting-started/getting-started-at-a-contributor-day/.? so we include the default theme maintenance and community themes alongside reviews.”

@poena mentioned that there is a team handbook and there is some information about Contributor Day. She added, “I would prefer a full review and reorganization of the handbook, the 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., and the welcome area over short-term fixes.”

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