Sandilya Kafle added an update about the Trusted Author Program, which was “an attempt to streamline the review process for authors who are consistently able to show they can to produce high quality code and themes.” 🌟
One of the program’s goals was to reduce “gaming [reviews] by the use of multiple accounts,” but Sandilya notes that authors were still seen using multiple accounts. In addition, the Trusted Author Program revealed that not all of its members “were highly familiar with the requirements.”
Sadly it looks like this experiment has come to an end, and the Trusted Author Program program has been shut down. All submitted themes will be reviewed from the top of the queue, and theme submissions with 3+ distinct issues will be rejected. The one-theme-at-a-time and only one-submission-per-month rules still stand.