Agenda for 2017 December 19

This meeting will focus on the recent discussions regarding custom blocks in themes.

This topic has been discussed in the #core-editor and #themereview channels on Slack. Those interested in attending the meeting may want to read up on the chat history so far [ link ], [ link ].

  • Content creation in blocks, -a quick recap of how blocks work and what happens when you switch themes.
  • What type of blocks are suitable in themes?
  • What type of blocks should be plugin only?

Preparing for changes:

  • Possible changes to guidelines and tags.
    • Addition of a custom-block tag?
  • Example code on TRT github




Meeting notes for 2017 December 12

Meeting [ link ]. A Slack account is needed to view the archives.

Items discussed:

  • Christmas priority queue
    • Deadline for submitting seasonal themes is December 20th.
    • This gives a fair chance for all tickets to be reviewed prior to Christmas.
  • 1 theme / month limit
    • It was clarified that this limit applies to all themes submitted by an author.
      Seasonal themes are exempt from this rule.
  • No longer allow ticket swapping
    • Ticket swapping is no longer allowed.
    • Ticket swapping is where an author requests for a different theme to be reviewed instead of the theme that was picked up for review.
    • In these cases the original ticket was closed and the review continued in the new ticket.
  • Improving message to authors when a ticket is closed as not-approved
    • A template response can be found here:
  • Tide
    • We are continuing to monitor progress with Tide to get a better understanding of how it will impact the future review process.
    • It was proposed that we continue to maintain Theme Review plugin till the point we know how tide works.


Agenda for 2017 November 28

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

Channel: #themereview | Time: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at 17:00 UTC 17:00 UTC

The following will be discussed during the meeting:

The meetings typically last 30 minutes, however may last up to 60 minutes. If time permits, additional topics may be discussed.

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


Meeting notes for 2017 November 14

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This weeks meeting would usually be open floor however there were several announcement to be made at this meeting as well. Changes detailed in the announcements are effective immediately.


  • New team lead hand-off has officially happened with @rabmalin and @thinkupthemes taking the position as the new team leads. Official handover date as November 1 2017.
  • Planned review weekend 18-19th November 2017
  • As a test run seasonal themes can be given priority in the queue as they require reviews in a timely fashion.

Following changes have been made to the review process:

  • Tickets can now be closed when 3+ distinct issues are identified.
  • Reviewers can now select themes to review from the top 5 positions of either queue 2 (parent themes) or queue 7 (child themes). Child themes will no longer appear in queue 2.
  • Authors are permitted to submit a maximum of 1 theme per month. This doesn’t change the 1 theme rule limit, authors are still only allowed to have 1 theme in the queue at any given time (i.e. child or parent). This is to prevent child theme authors from taking advantage of the likely future short wait times in queue 7.


  • At the end of the meeting some quick discussions took place about a few topics.
    Incentive reviewing – @acosmin provided a proposal on how this could be handled along with several suggested rules. At the moment no move is being taken regarding incentive reviewing.
  • Escaping – Attempts will be made to improve documentation surrounding escaping, why it’s necessary and what functions to use where.
  • Changes to featured themes tab in the directory – No changes were decided on but some people expressed that a better algorithm would be preferable on this tab.

#meeting-notes, #themereview

Meeting notes for 2017 October 24

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Items discussed:

  • Workflow suggestion to improve the review process.
    • Possibility of allowing new reviewers to focus purely on the more basic guidelines, and approve once these are completed.
    • All other checks will be completed by a moderator in the final review.
    • A list of the basic checks proposed can be found here.
    • No conclusion was reached as to whether this should be adopted as yet or not.
  • Review of open Theme Trac meta tickets.
    • Tickets should still continue to be progressed and raised as normal.
    • It was originally expected that Trac would be replaced with a new system to align with the plugin review process by December.
    • As yet there is no definitive timeframe on when Trac will be replaced.
  • Allow theme demo content bundled with the theme.
    • Themes are now allowed to bundle a sample XML file.
  • Image guidelines where children are shown.
    • Images which show children with recognizable facial or body features are not permitted.
  • Limit reviewers to only select themes from the top of queue (or top 5).
    • Reviewers are only allowed to select themes from the top 5 position to review, effective immediately.
    • This applies to both the new (2) and approved (24) queue.

#meeting-notes, #themereview