A few thoughts followed by a discussion on how various things are done on the 2010 Theme. Completely agree with “Widgets are not List”. It can result in many nested lists that are hard to CSS and I don’t see a good semantic reason why you should build a widget area (or sidebars in general) as a List. I mean sure they are a list of Widgets, but the main content area is also a list of posts; do you want to wrap that in a <ul> as well?
Really love the resource links on #10 and #11. Read the entire list here.
The job posting at Automattic Jobs for “Theme Czar” says
You live and breathe WordPress themes. You are equally at home in Photoshop/Gimp, PHP, CSS, or the terminal. You’ve built numerous WordPress-as-CMS sites from scratch. Everything you’ve touched is GPL. You’ve probably written a theme framework [...]
And indeed, Ian Stewart is the rightest person for that position. Congratulations, Ian!
Now I wonder what the changes to ThemeShaper will be…
This is a very nice collection of WordPress-related links, grouped by subjects. I’m tagging this ‘awesome’.