I thought licensing your theme with GPL is enough to get it included on the Theme Directory, but looks like I’m wrong. Matthew Lyle’s Elegant Blog theme is rejected because his site advertises Thesis and Themeforest:
You must either create a separate website to house them, or remove any “support” of non-GPL themes from your website. This would include advertisements for something like the Thesis theme, ThemeForest, and also any paid themes that you’ve created in the past that are not GPL compatible.
You’re digging down into places never seen by most people, and often finding little gems that you suspected might exist, but you weren’t sure until you actually saw them. If you haven’t poked around in the core code lately, maybe you should.
Agreed. I find that I learn about WordPress most when doing client works, building features that I would have never thought of myself.
Some people like a full-fledged framework, but some other might prefer a blank theme instead to start their development. It has all the theme functions (even some nice stuff to learn in its function.php), and no stylings.
Another post about blogs with unique design for each of its post, a.k.a art directed blogs. Linking to it anyway because I love how art directed blogs can be both entertaining and educating at the same time.
It’s a good list. Do know that sometimes, a purposeful theme (point 8 on that list) might not work well with the WordPress.org test content (point 11).
And that is okay.