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Opened 9 days ago

Closed 9 days ago

Last modified 8 days ago

#4826 closed task (wontfix)

Rename "Theme" and "Plugin" badges to "Theme Review" and "Plugin Review"

Reported by: iandunn Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Profiles Keywords:
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Description

Based on some recent Five for the Future pledges, I think there's some confusion around the Theme and Plugin badges. It seems like people confuse those badges with just the act of creating their own themes and plugins, rather than contributing to those teams.

Maintaining open source plugins and themes is definitely a contribution to the ecosystem, but I don't think it's what we intended to convey when those badges were setup. Renaming them to Theme Review and Plugin Review would hopefully clarify that.

Change History (7)

#1 @joyously
9 days ago

According to https://make.wordpress.org/meta/handbook/documentation/profile-badges/ it is Themes and Plugins, and both are used for two purposes: Developer and Reviews.
Are you proposing that there should be two other badges for Reviews, separate from Developers?

#2 @coffee2code
9 days ago

It seems like people confuse those badges with just the act of creating their own themes and plugins, rather than contributing to those teams.

The "contributor" level badges for the Plugins and Themes teams have always reflected the creation of plugins and themes. Granted, this recognition is broader in comparison to other contributor badges in that they recognize contributing, for example, to the realm of plugins rather than directly to the Plugins team). So, it isn't quite as consistent as contributor badges for other teams, but it's what was originally intended.

Maintaining open source plugins and themes is definitely a contribution to the ecosystem, but I don't think it's what we intended to convey when those badges were setup.

The "team" badges were meant for the reviewers, as reviewers were the ones who made up the teams (at the time). Granted, there are likely more casual theme reviewers now as the process has opened more since the badges were initially enacted. (The Plugins team is still, as it was then, a closed group of reviewers, though there are plans to start opening it up.)

I can see in the context of 5ftf how plugin/theme development and maintenance does not as broadly support the desired effort to promote contribution to the wider WordPress ecosystem. Rather than renaming the established badges, perhaps change the "Contribution" tab for profiles to list "Plugin Reviews" and "Theme Reviews" as options under "Teams" rather than "Plugins" and "Themes"? (I'd even omit "Plugin Reviews" until it's something that's actually opened up to more people.)

#3 @iandunn
9 days ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

Rather than renaming the established badges, perhaps change the "Contribution" tab for profiles to list "Plugin Reviews" and "Theme Reviews" as options under "Teams" rather than "Plugins" and "Themes"? (I'd even omit "Plugin Reviews" until it's something that's actually opened up to more people.)

Ah, yeah, that does seem like a much better idea, thanks!

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9 days ago

#6 @williampatton
9 days ago

I like the idea of being more granular with what is displayed on the 'Contributions' tab to only show team/review contributor option to make it clearer than the reviewer badge is the intended one and not the developer variant.

#7 @SergeyBiryukov
8 days ago

  • Resolution changed from fixed to wontfix

Changing to a more appropriate resolution, as the decision here is not to rename the badges.

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