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I'm developing a minimalistic theme, and my plan is not to include menus or widgets in it.

The Theme Review page on wordpress.org states:

Whether implementing required, recommended, or optional features, Themes are required to support proper WordPress core implementation of all included features.

This is quite fuzzy for me. Does this mean I have to include all WordPress core features? What's considered a core feature? Are Widgets and Menus core features?

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You should ask this question on the Theme-Reviewers mail-list. The short answer is: yes, menus and widgets are core features. No, you are not required to implement those features in your Theme. But if you choose to implement them, then you must support the core implementation. – Chip Bennett Apr 6 '14 at 18:31
@ChipBennett as an answer please. This technically is on topic here, despite official channel existence. – Rarst Apr 7 '14 at 18:18
I disagree that Theme Review guidelines are on-topic for WPSE, but that is a discussion for Meta. – Chip Bennett Apr 7 '14 at 18:22

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