GTI wrote: ↑
Sat Feb 20, 2021 2:05 am
You have a website, why not just publish your latest updates on it while waiting for them to be approved here.
It's something I've considered, along with also re-opening a styles in development topic to release styles while the others are waiting for validation. The problems are:
- Duplication of work
- It's not really a solution to the problem which is: Month+ long validations and no incentive for people to do the validation work
Things could do with going a little faster but letting people validate their own works under the phpBB brand is not the answer.
More validators is the solution but without any incentives it's hard to imagine many people wanting to do it.
I have to respectfully disagree. Consider ThemeForest as an example. Anybody who has sold over $75,000 is trusted with automatic updates, no approval. They sell themes for more or less any open-source platform (notably Wordpress), where the potential for security vulnerabilities is significantly
higher than phpBB styles. If issues are reported and not removed, the items are removed from sale until the problems are resolved.
'Trusted' means: Trusted to update without approval, and trusted to resolve problems when they're reported.
If the CDB's report button is given a bit more prominence, then the role of the CDB team (at least for styles) can be re-scoped from reading lines of code, to: validating user reports and checking if the Author is doing something about that. Draft up some policies for when / how to engage with Authors, and define deadlines for item disablement if people are reporting bugs (actual bugs...like missing template events) that aren't fixed in a timely manner.
It is a proven concept that I have witnessed from nearly 5 years working at ThemeForest as a Customer Success Manager.
Literally everyone wins.