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Expanding the Theme Review Experiment

Posted June 9, 2010 by Joseph Scott. Filed under Community, Development, Themes.

When I was a kid my dad used to practice his typing skills (on a real typewriter no less) with the phrase:

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country.

For some reason that has stuck with me all these years. Today I’m going to rephrase and re-purpose that line:

Now is the time for great theme developers to come to the aid of their community.

The theme directory has been chugging along for more than a year now. During that time we’ve tinkered with the review process and some of the management tools, but haven’t really opened it up as much as we’d like. It’s time to rip off the band-aid and take some action; to that end, we’re looking for community members to help with the process of reviewing themes for the directory.

Right now this is a bit like a New Year’s resolution to exercise every day: it’s what we need to do, but we’re still figuring out exactly how it will all work. That’s part of the community involvement as well — we expect that those who pitch in will also help shape the process.

What’s involved in reviewing themes for the directory? There are some obvious things, such as being familiar with PHP and WordPress theme code (and the theme development checklist), with an eye for security issues. You would also need to have the ability to set up a separate install of the latest version of WordPress for testing theme submissions.

Hopefully a few talented theme developers are reading this right now and saying to themselves, “I’d love to help! How do I get started?” Just join the new theme reviewers mailing list and we’ll get you up to speed on this new opportunity to come to the aid of your community.

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