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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #100 on: March 29, 2007, 04:47:54 PM »
I really should restrain myself from getting involved in these types of topics...

Member has x number of approved mods (3 sounds like a good talking point)

Member has x number of mod downloads (1000 for a talking point)

Those aren't really good qualifications for allowing someone to review a mod. What about someone who has five approved mods, but needed some help with each one because of small errors on each one? Is someone who keeps making mistakes, but fixes when notified, a good person to be reviewing mods?

Likewise for the downloads. Some mods are very much there to satisfy a niche need. Tying popularity into the equation could remove some very good candidates.

Like it or not, choosing people who are qualified to review mods is not an empirical process, it is very subjective.


There are discussions going on on how to improve the situation aroudn the mod and theme sites, so keep the feedback going.  
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #101 on: July 13, 2007, 09:45:06 AM »
There appears to be (to me) only one team that reviews all mods. There should in fact be two teams. Here is how i think it should work. (do not quote me for this, as i am very tired and will try to make sense.)

                    Mod arrives to standard Customization team.
                    Mod is tested to see if it installs and does what if it is supposed to do.
--------------- If mod fails to do what it is supposed to do, follow the arrow.
|                    If Mod works, it gets approved, and is shown, author gets a pm.                        |                       
|                                                                                                                                     
|                     ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
|   
|-->>>   The mod is examined for parsing (if thats how you spell it) errors in both the php and xml files. (By now, the author has gotten a PM saying that the mod is being debugged by a special team.)
If the error is found, the debug team (Customization debug team) will attempt to fix it.
If they cannot fix it, then the mod is sent back to the author with a reason why.

If this doesn't make sense, i will post later, but i shouldn't get involved in this kind of thing, but to see a community as strong as this be torn apart by simple communication problems and a few others is just amazing.

Hope what i said helps. (Now I am probably off to sleep  :D)





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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #102 on: July 13, 2007, 10:29:53 PM »
If there are errors that's the responsibility of the mod's author to fix. The team is already overworked, it would be silly for them to have to fix broken mods too.
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #103 on: July 14, 2007, 01:20:53 AM »
The team may be yes, but I am saying have another team formed just specifically for mod checking [kinda like there already is, but different.]

Let me say it like this:

Main Team: Does SMF Core stuff and designs.

Second Team: Made just for Mods and run mod site to allow the Main team to work on SMF.

They are separate that way if one gets a lot of work, the other can keep on going with no problem.

EX:

Lots of mods come in. In current route, the Main Team has to deal with them AND make SMF. With this new way i think would work, the Main Team would be unaffected if the Mod Team got a lot of mods that they had to work on, therefore increasing time towards developing SMF.

The Second Team would be formed like the first team was, but no member of the main team can be a member of the second team and vise versa. Get it?

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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #104 on: July 14, 2007, 01:23:11 AM »
If there's not enough people for the existing teams, where are all these people for new teams going to come from?
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #105 on: July 14, 2007, 01:41:40 AM »
They are separate that way if one gets a lot of work, the other can keep on going with no problem.

That is the way they are already. The developer team works on SMF. The customize team looks at the mods. If the mod is broken, the author is told so and asked to fix and re-submit.
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #106 on: July 14, 2007, 02:44:24 AM »
Then why is there a communication problem? Is there not enough 'qualified' people?

If so, what makes a person qualified?

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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #107 on: July 14, 2007, 11:51:42 AM »
What communication problem is this?
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #108 on: July 14, 2007, 03:48:10 PM »
The problem that mod authors sometimes do not get any status on their mod, and may not even get the PM that their mod is being reviewed.

That is the problem I am seeing from what I have read.

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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #109 on: July 15, 2007, 03:00:32 AM »
Adding another team won't fix things then. It will only complicate things further. As far a I know, a PM is sent at the end of evaluation if there are problems with the mod. There has been a problem with a large queue causing backlog, but that seems to have gone down. I only see 25 pending mods right now.
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #110 on: July 20, 2007, 11:39:13 AM »
and what about my theme..It's ok.i've my theme on my site.Already tested.

still taking too long..:(

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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #111 on: July 20, 2007, 11:46:21 PM »
Have patience, it was only submitted seven days ago. Due to some recent issues with copyright violations on our theme site (some being unauthorized conversions of commercial themes that we received legal notice on), things are taking a bit longer as we have to investigate more before it can be approved.
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #112 on: July 23, 2007, 04:41:14 AM »
Have patience, it was only submitted seven days ago. Due to some recent issues with copyright violations on our theme site (some being unauthorized conversions of commercial themes that we received legal notice on), things are taking a bit longer as we have to investigate more before it can be approved.

That is something that all the theme creators should be told, not just the ones that ask....unless you have done that already (if you have, just ignore this post :D)

Since when did people do that kind of thing? I mean, do illegal conversions of skins......that is just like using an illegal copy of vBulletin....or worse :O

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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #113 on: July 23, 2007, 11:05:10 AM »
Themes and ripping

Posted as a sticky in the Graphics and Templates board.
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #114 on: December 23, 2007, 04:58:28 PM »
Hello Motoko-chan. Im impressed by the way things are happening in this thread. I just read like two pages of it. Its unbeleivable. Your great, so thnx a lot for your time to everyone.
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #115 on: March 11, 2008, 05:29:38 AM »
Is it correct what I do according to the rules or this just cause my mod to be taken to the end of the que?

1. Mod is sent.
2. Mod is checked by the team member, problem is reported by pm.
3. Member have read the pm and replied as he will fix the problem and then report the update by pm to the customization team.
4. Problem is fixed, mod is updated and the fix is reported to the customization team by pm.
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #116 on: March 11, 2008, 10:43:14 AM »
That should be perfectly fine to do.
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Re: Why does my customization (mod/theme) take so long to be reviewed?
« Reply #117 on: March 11, 2008, 11:57:28 AM »
That should be perfectly fine to do.

It took reasonabley much time for my mod to be approved. Just I wanted to be sure that if the pm reporting the uptade caused that. Thanks.
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