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Theme reviewers needed - lots of them. (44 posts)

  1. shadow
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Now that we have the 1.5 themes list in place and it is continuing to grow, we would like to start making it more accessible and helpful to users.

    One plan is to have theme reviews listed. Obviously, with over 250 themes this could prove to be a huge task. So, if you want to get involved, feel like writing some reviews on themes you have tried, or simply do not have a life and need something more, let us know and come and give us a hand.

    Kafkaesqui has offered to have a look at making a theme browser for the themes, similar in design to Alex King's, and we are also looking into adding screenshots of each them as well.

    The plan is to have a database that will provide as much information about all the themes available, in the easiest manner possible.

    250 themes
    - 25 people at 10 themes each?
    - 10 people at 25 themes each?
    or most likely 3 or 4 people at HEAPS of themes to review.
    And of course, even writing one or two reviews would be very helpful.

    This is a community project, so get over to the WRC, register, and as soon as you feel like it, start writing reviews. All contributors are given level 9 access and have their names highlighted in big flashing lights.

    If you think this can work, please get involved!

    Please note that my 'offline' life is taking a lot of my time and I may not be able to respond to questions, suggestions until the end of work each day.

    You can contact me at [shadow12 gmail]

  2. moshu
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think it's a great idea! I mean if the reviews aren't going to be like the replies here in the "show me yours..." section :)
    OK, now I'll go over there - and maybe I'll continue this later. Or tomorrow - it's almost 1 am.

  3. davincim
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Shadow: what type of reviews are you looking for? Are you wanting people who have used the themes to report back issues they've found specific to that theme and appropriate work-arounds?

  4. Pplproof
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Shadow - Great to see a topic about this idea! :D I'll be registering over there right now and getting back into the writing groove... ;)

  5. shadow
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks to all who have taken an interest. With a few people banding together I am sure we can make the project a very valuable resource of information for all the themes listed.

    I think any honest critique is acceptable and whereas one person may be very thorough, the next person may pick up on an aspect of a theme that has been missed until that time.

    The other thing I had not mentioned is that the theme designers themselves are most welcome to provide their own review/guidelines and we can expand on this.

    The way I see it - can we really have too much information?

    We are still looking for people to get involved, so don't be bashful, come on, come out and play :)

  6. Joni
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'd love to, because I have nine themes I've created so I have a vested interest in seeing what works and what doesn't.

    I'd also like to do some reviews. I'll go ahead and sign up.

    Shadow, will you have a category/categories you wish reviewers to post to?

  7. shadow
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hi Joni.

    Yes we have an appropriate category made :)

    It is great to have you on board - thanks for giving up some of your time to help us out with this project.

  8. XeroCool
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Hey Shadow,

    I emailed you about it ;)

  9. shadow
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Added xerocool and more info on site :)

    Welcome aboard :)

  10. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Sounds good - I''l have some time after this weekend possibly, but my course is throwing a lot of stuff at me, I've registered anyway. I think it might also sensible to have authors review their own works :)

    Just a thought, but why limit x number to particular # of themes? more than one opinion offers a better guidance as to the overall appeal sometimes. Addtionally you may want to employ the Votio voting system from asymptomatic to allowed registered users (or anon) to vote for themes. IMHO I despise, loathe and abhor any rating system, but the vast majority like them so...

  11. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    You have got the default in the gallery ? :)

  12. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I'm with you Jinsan - whoever invented voting, polls etc online should be hung by the neck until dead....

    [Why, Root? You going to dissect it?]

  13. Joshua Sigar
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I've seen voting systems and the like that are abused, yet, in general I like the information that they convey and appreciate their presence.

  14. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I think if the voting system required a link beside it, users could judge the voter / commentor. It would add a degree of integrity and transparency.

  15. Jennifer Ledbetter Clay
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    OH OH OH!! Seeing as I've probably already done this in my head, I wouldn't mind reviewing a few themes.

    Is there a deadline?

  16. moshu
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I guess it's an on-going never-ending project :)

  17. Pplproof
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yessiree Bob... I'd love to get started reviewing ASAP; I just need some helping getting the review template setup. Anyone got a bit of free time? ;)

  18. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    pplproof are you talking about shadows site or your own? I've constructued a review template in my head...and sketched something out. If I get my own blog working I might try something for my own reviews, but it would nice, digressing slightly, to see some review site releated tempaltes :D

  19. Lorelle
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    This is a neat idea, Shadow, but I can't get the WRC link to work. Can you post it again, please? Thanks.

  20. moshu
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

  21. Pplproof
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Jinsan - I'm talking about the WRC site. :) You guys should come on over to the forum, cause I'm getting lonely just idling around there. :p

  22. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Well, pplproof, I tried, but even though I registered etc. I got an error when trying to access the forum: this area available to moderators only.

  23. dawg
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Yeah there are some funny things going on there cause I did a review on Placid but it shows it was done by someone according to my check of her last post was in August 2004, I had the darnest time this morning thinking my mind was playing tricks on me again. I wanted to edit the review to include the screenshot but could not edit it and then found out it was authored by someone else, although it was me. The whole time I was logged in under my screen name, but hey not to worry, computers don't make mistakes, do they?

  24. Pplproof
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    dawg - Once I have higher access, I'll go ahead and change it... I'm more than happy to pick up as much of the slack as necessary, I just need some help with the technical end of things. :)

  25. dawg
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Thanks , It is late now but will do another review in the morning.

  26. shadow
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Ok guys. Sorted out a few odds and ends. Perhaps the forum may be a better option than here though. All added - moderator status.

  27. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Youve got me in there shadow ?

  28. shadow
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Done now Root. But ummm, erm,,, well, there is a lot of judging and erm, like....well... do you have time to be looking at theme reviews....:P

  29. danielck
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    do reviews also include votes? Can downloader vote if they like the theme?

    Number of stars could be useful for downloaders to decide if they want to grab the theme.

  30. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    hey at least this is a healthy discussion and it's great to see someone taking a proactive approach to extended the life and organisation of themes by having the community itself critique the themes for them.

    the only thing I would say if stars were introduced is to place them at the end of the review. 9/10 times a user will see the stars first and then ignore the gut of the review, the pros and cons of it. Web surfing is treated like McDonalds. Much of why a theme is good and bad is in the content written in the review.

    A five star rating for a theme doesn't mean it's a good theme, just a popular one and popularity can be fickle, as can user tastes. Reviews provide a meaty base understanding what a user considers a good theme. Is it not flexible enough to edit? Does have too many images making it load for along time? Is it suitable for lower resolutions and so on and so forth. Often I see "wow that theme is awesome" to paraphrase, but why is it awesome and do you think that because it's awesome that it will be easy to customise to make your own and keep it looking awesome. All of this is covered in a review, and I hope that those that do look for the reviews, read the content and then the rating (if there is one). A better thing would be to include something like Conclusion or Final Thought or Overall and add that conclusion to an excerpt perhaps, as it gives context to the the praise or criticism of the review rather than a meaningless star rating.

    Keep up the great work Shadow and a fantastic project ;)

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