Theme Review Team Update for 12/03

Nothing major to report for the Theme Review Team this week.

The proposed guidelines changes have led to some great discussion, as always. Probably the most controversial, proposed change was formally prohibiting Themes from bundling shortcodes (i.e. shortcodes added by the user to $post->post_content). This proposal was, as expected, met with resistance by developers who have been bundling such shortcodes.

I’m also talking with @otto42 and Lance Willett regarding hosting of the Theme Test Data XML file. The “master” Theme Uint Test data are maintained at An online implementation of WordPress code that lets you immediately access a new WordPress environment to publish your content. is a private company owned by Automattic that hosts the largest multisite in the world. This is arguably the best place to start blogging if you have never touched WordPress before., and we update it fairly regularly, to keep it cleaned up, add handling for new/changed coreCore Core is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress. features, etc. But currently, the file is hosted on Automattic’s wpcom-themes SVNSVN Apache Subversion (often abbreviated SVN, after its command name svn) is a software versioning and revision control system. Software developers use Subversion to maintain current and historical versions of files such as source code, web pages, and documentation. Its goal is to be a mostly compatible successor to the widely used Concurrent Versions System (CVS). WordPress core and the released code are all centrally managed through SVN., and we have to pingPing The act of sending a very small amount of data to an end point. Ping is used in computer science to illicit a response from a target server to test it’s connection. Ping is also a term used by Slack users to @ someone or send them a direct message (DM). Users might say something along the lines of “Ping me when the meeting starts.” Lance to be able to update it. (I believe the Automattic Theme Wranglers also use this same data set, as well.) We’re going to pick up that discussion next week, after 3.5 release activity has waned.

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