Automation Meeting February 16

The last meeting was on December 22, where we discussed

  • @miyauchi was working on BDD (behavior-driven development) based review system.
  • @rabmalin developed a plugin to run the PHPCS checks in WordPress
  • @jrf was nearly ready to start pulling the utility functions to WPCS.
  • @jrf proposed that we start add PHP Compatibility testing and define which PHP version themes should support. In a previous TRT meeting we decided that all themes should support PHP7.
  • @grapplerulrich asked for feedback on which JavaScript functions to restricted and which parameters in PHP functions to not allow.

Channel: #themereview | Time: Thursday at 14:00 UTC 14:00 UTC

The agenda for the 16th February will be

  • Short update from the contributors what they have worked on.
  • Define goals for the next meeting.
  • Discuss any open issues and/or pull requests that need attention.

We need help with the following items.

If you are interested in writing sniffs, please DM me on Slack with an issue that you would like to work on and I can help you get started and answer any questions.

Pinging @frankklein, @jrf, @shinichin, @miyauchi, @iamdmitrymayorov, @jmichaelward, @marius2012, @djrmom, @rabmalin

If I have missed any usernames, it’s not on purpose and do consider yourself invited to the meeting.

Agenda for 2017 February 14

The Theme Review Team holds a meeting weekly and we encourage all members to attend.

Channel: #themereview | Time: Tuesday at 18:00 UTC 18:00 UTC


WordPress Stackoverflow Community Promotion Ads

After discussing the idea last week @smartcat has created an image that we can use:

The click through url would be: and the tagline “Join the Theme Review Team”.

Prohibit overriding WordPress globals

Recently we added a new check to the new Theme Check to check for overriding WordPress globals. The check will also pick up code like the following.

global $post;
$post = get_post( '10' );
setup_postdata( $post );
// do something.

Is this valid code for a theme or should it be using WP_Query instead?

For example:
// WP_Query arguments.
$args = array(
'page_id' => $id,
'no_found_rows' => true,
'update_post_meta_cache' => false,
'update_post_term_cache' => false,
// The Query.
$query = new WP_Query( $args );

// The Loop.
if ( $query->have_posts() ) {
while ( $query->have_posts() ) {
get_template_part( 'template-parts/page/content', 'front-page-panels' );
// Restore original Post Data.


The proposal is to only allow iframes with URLs from the whitelist. In most cases wp_oembed_get() can be used instead.



The whitelist can be always updated in the future to support

General Improvements

There are have been two improvements to the Theme Directory and the Theme Trac.

  1. There is a link in the Theme Directory that links to all of the tickets for the current theme.
  2. New trac tickets will have a link to making it easier to see the code.

Priority queue

We pausing on the priority queue as there are a few issues with it. We will relook it at a later date.

  • We were undecided who should review the themes in the priority queue; assigned when clicking the review button, experienced reviewers or key reviewers.
  • We were also unsure about any negative effects this would have like allowing theme authors on the priority queue to release more themes quicker.

If you have any topics, then please reply to this post and include the topic, along with a brief description of what you would like to discuss.

Mentor Program 2017

In recent years we’ve seen an increasing number of new authors and reviewers join the Theme Review team. In itself this is fantastic, to see the community growing and thriving as it is. However, we must recognize that reviewing a theme is not a simple task and there is a significant learning curve that needs to be overcome by new reviewers. To aid in the development of those new, or otherwise inexperienced reviewers, we can put in place programs to support the needs of such reviewers. A program which may help meet this need is a potential mentoring program.

The purpose of a mentoring program will be to support reviewers with any questions they have in-ticket. Reviewers can of course currently ask questions in the #themereview channel, however the purpose of the mentor is to support with specific issues for that ticket, as opposed to general review questions. The task of a mentor would be very simple and currently the following is being proposed.

  • Answer with specific questions asked by the reviewer.
  • Perform quick read of the reviewer feedback to ensure it’s broadly in line with expectations (e.g. Are the required items genuinely required?).
  • The mentor is not be expected to review the theme, this remains the responsibility of the reviewer. However, where possible they should attempt to scan the theme for any obvious issues.

In the past, as many of you may remember, there was such a mentoring program in place. However, one of the factors which resulted in its discontinuation was the time commitment needed by mentors to support reviewers. Currently the plan for the proposed program is for mentors to only be assigned to tickets if a reviewer specifically requests a mentor. A single mentor will be assigned to the ticket, however the mentor may themselves be supporting a number of tickets.

Such a program has a number of potential benefits such as:

  • More high quality initial reviews.
  • Fewer reopened tickets.
  • More experienced reviewers and authors over time.
  • Faster review times resulting in a shorter queue.

Have an idea for the mentor program? Please do leave a comment below with any ideas / thoughts you have about potential mentoring program.

Are you interested in being a mentor? Great! Please leave a comment below expressing your interest and we’ll reach out to you directly.

Are you a reviewer in need of a mentor? Please leave a comment below with a link to your ticket stating that you’d like a mentor and we’ll do our best to assign a mentor asap.

Starting a Frequently Asked Questions page

I see a few of the same questions pop up in the #themereview channel. @thinkupthemes brought up the idea to create a FAQ page where we can point reviewers, theme authors when they have questions that we have already answered in the FAQ.

This will also help us find where our documentation is lacking.

We need your help! What are the common questions that you see? What questions do you have about the process that you are not sure about?

Please post any frequently asked questions in the comments below. If you know the answer then including it would be greatly appreciated.

Agenda for 2017 February 7

The Theme Review Team holds a meeting weekly and we encourage all members to attend.

Channel: #themereview | Time: Tuesday at 18:00 UTC 18:00 UTC


Social Media

There have been a few questions about integrating social media elements in a theme.

As theme features:

  1. Social media links with icons settings are allowed.
  2. Social media buttons to share posts is plugin territory.
  3. Social media “like” and “follow” buttons are plugin territory.

In the customizer with the theme authors links.

  1. Social media links are allowed.
  2. Social media “like” and “follow” buttons is not allowed.


We have our first theme that is built in JS and used the REST API called “Foxhound”. @greenshady and @grapplerulrich reviewed it before it was uploaded to Trac. It could not be uploaded directly as would be blocked by the Theme Check plugin. We wanted to check the theme before we made an exception for it. After completing the review process we allowed it to bypass the Theme Check and be uploaded to trac: #39917 where it is now waiting for it’s accessibility review. Once it is passes the accessibility review we propose to set it live.

There is no need to keep it in the queue for 5 months. If we set it live in the near future or in 5 months it will not have any affect on when other themes will go live.

WordPress Stackoverflow Community Promotion Ads

WordPress Stackoverflow is looking for new Community Promotion Ads. @grapplerulrich thought it would be cool if we could add one for the theme review team. What we need is

  • an image
  • a tagline to show on mouseover

The image requirements are:

  • The image that you create must be 300 x 250 pixels, or double that if high DPI.
  • Must be GIF or PNG
  • If the background of the image is white or partially white, there must be a 1px border (2px if high DPI) surrounding it.

What do you think of the idea? Have we got some ideas for the image and tagline then add them in the comments below.

If you have any topics, then please reply to this post and include the topic, along with a brief description of what you would like to discuss.