Themes Team Meeting Notes – August 23, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on August 23, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting facilitator & Notetaker @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

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.

  • 479 tickets were opened
  • 507 tickets were closed:
    • 490 tickets were made live.
      • 43 new Themes were made live.
      • 447 Theme updates were made live.
      • 1 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 12 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 2

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 Stats 

  • 9 block themes went live in the past 7 days.
  •  Total 125 block themes in the repository. 

2. New default theme – Twenty Twenty-Three

It’s the time of the year again! WordPress 6.1 is excepted to be released on October 25, 2022, and the development of the default theme Twenty Twenty-Three has begun!  Here are the links to help you get started.

3. 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/. in WordCamps

There are 2 upcoming WordCamps scheduled in September. If anyone is interested in leading the themes table, please contact @amethystanswers

  • 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. Kathmandu on September 4, Sunday. 
  • WordCamp US 2022 on September 11, Sunday.

3. Open Floor

@greenshady asked what is the goal of the themes table at the WordCamp. The theme team does not have specific directions at the moment but @daisyo suggested the Twenty Twenty-Three style variations. You can follow the conversation here at this link or leave your comment below.

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Themes Team Meeting Notes – July 26, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on July 26, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting facilitator & Notetaker @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

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.

  • 412 tickets were opened
  • 416 tickets were closed:
    • 404 tickets were made live.
      • 31 new Themes were made live.
      • 373 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 12 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

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

Number of reviewers: 4 (@kafleg, @acosmin, @uxl, @shivashankerbhatta)

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 Stats

  • 8 Block themes are live in past 7 days
  • 3 Block themes are currently reviewing
  • We have 106 Block Themes in the themes repository.

2. Pattern Previews for Themes in the Directory

Brand new pattern preview has been added on the theme directory! Users can check out the patterns before downloading the themes. Both classic and block themes can showcase the patterns on the theme directory. 

There are several discussions for improving the pattern preview. Any feedback are appreciated.

3. Open Floor

@joyously suggested removing themes that  cause a fatal error and are no longer compatible. The theme review team will coordinate with 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. team on the following points.

  1. Find all the themes with the errors 
  2. Send bulk message to them to fix the errors
  3. Give 1 month time to fix them
  4. Check themes again after 1 month
  5. Delist the theme with errors

We discussed the Requires at least requirement. The Requires at least is required in the Stylesheet headerHeader The header of your site is typically the first thing people will experience. The masthead or header art located across the top of your page is part of the look and feel of your website. It can influence a visitor’s opinion about your content and you/ your organization’s brand. It may also look different on different screen sizes., however  it is unclear if a theme need to be compatible 2-3 versions back at the time of initial release or when the theme was updated. 

We also discussed how hosting Google Fonts locally affect the theme requirements. You can read the whole thread here.

Thank you for participating @colorful-tones @mikachan @poena and @joyously

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Themes Team Meeting Notes – June 28, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on June 14, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting was facilitated by @kafleg. The note was taken by @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

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.

  • 407 tickets were opened
  • 553 tickets were closed:
    • 386 tickets were made live.
      • 22 new Themes were made live.
      • 364 Theme updates were made live.
      • 0 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 165 tickets were not-approved.
    • 2 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 3

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 Stats 

2. Locally host webfonts files

We had a lengthy discussion about the best way to address remotely hosted fonts. Although no decision was made,  @colorful-tones suggests offering education and awareness of general font usage in themes meantime. 

@greenshady also see more of an approach that is educational first.  He said, “The Web Fonts APIAPI An API or Application Programming Interface is a software intermediary that allows programs to interact with each other and share data in limited, clearly defined ways. is still not completely finished yet either. Having a finished API in coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. goes a long way toward making it the standard/required method of including fonts”.

@pbking added “I believe that as it currently stands ANY font (or really any resource) leveraged from a CDN has the potential to be effected by the GDPR. Fonts hosted locally, no matter the ultimate origin, shouldn’t.”

@poena also agree with slowing down a bit. She said, “For each theme developer to spend effort and time on a temporary solution is wasted.”

For now, themes team would like to keep this as recommendation. We request all theme authors to load fonts locally rather then CDN.

You can read the full conversation here.

3. Open floor

At the beginning of this year, we set our goal to reach 500 block themes in 2022, but things are moving a little slower than we anticipate. We discussed the issues and challenges when creating a block theme.

@Pratik Kinage shared his user’s feedback addressing  the lack of customization. @colorful-tones shared the concern regarding the lack of version control.  @colorful-tones also discussed his concerns related to WooCommerce. 

If you have any specific issues or like to share your feedback, feel free to reach us at #themereview 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 or leave your comment below.

Increase block theme exposure on the theme repository
This ticket addresses a way to give block themes more exposure on the theme directory. #6330  Give some priority to Block themes(FSE themes) in the WordPress themes repository

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Themes Team Meeting Notes – May 24, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on May 24, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. The meeting facilitator & Notetaker @Benachi. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

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.

  • 378 tickets were opened
  • 388 tickets were closed:
    • 371 tickets were made live.
      • 31 new Themes were made live.
      • 340 Theme updates were made live.
      • 1 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 17 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 4
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:  4 block themes are released.

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 2022

WordCamp Europe 2022 is fast approaching. Our themes team representative @kafleg will be joining virtually, welcoming new contributors. In addition, some of the former representatives will be in Porto. If you are interested in becoming a theme reviewer, please let us know by commenting below. 

The contributor will be held on the first day, June 2, 2022. You can find the schedule here

Registration is required to attend WordCamp Europe in person. Tickets are still available. Learn more about WordCamp Europe or get your tickets here at this link

3. WordPress 6.0 release

WordPress 6.0 is scheduled to be released on 24th May 2022.  Theme authors are strongly encouraged to test the themes.

4. Open Floor

We discussed how the contributors can record their time contributing for the Five for the Future (5ftF) program. Please leave a comment if you like to give feedback here or on Github

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Themes Team Meeting Notes – May 10, 2022

Hello everyone. The meeting notes are from the themes review team discussion on May 10, 2022. The themes team meets second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 15:00 UTC.

This week’s meeting agendas can be found here. Thank you @kafleg for preparing the agenda. You can read the full transcript on our #themereview channel. 

1. Weekly updates

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.

  • 310 tickets were opened
  • 301 tickets were closed:
    • 289 tickets were made live.
      • 13 new Themes were made live.
      • 276 Theme updates were made live.
      • 1 more was approved but is waiting to be made live.
    • 12 tickets were not-approved.
    • 0 ticket was closed-newer-version-uploaded.

Number of reviewers: 3

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:  2 block themes are under review. 

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 2022

WordCamp Europe 2022 will kick off on June 2, 2022. During the 3 day event, the 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/. will be taking place on the first day June 2. Contributor Day is for everyone. All skills and levels of experience are welcome and needed. If you are interested in participating, please register here.

3. Open Floor

No questions or comments related to the theme review were brought up during the open floor. 

Notes

WordPress 6.0 release candidate (RC1) is available. WordPress 6.0 is planned for official release on May 24th, 2022! 

@milana_cap has a great write-up summarizing the changes and enhancements included in the release candidateRelease Candidate A beta version of software with the potential to be a final product, which is ready to release unless significant bugs emerge. 1. Learn more at this link

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